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  • in reply to: Joel Rosenberg Damascus study #130
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    NOTES ON THE FUTURE OF DAMASCUS ACCORDING TO BIBLE
    PROPHECY – 23 pages long.
    [Updated: September 5, 2013]
    Over the past several years, I have been repeatedly asked whether the Bible speaks to the future of Syria. Pastors and other Christian leaders have asked. So have a number of U.S. leaders and those from other countries.

    In 2012, for example, a prominent Member of Congress asked to meet with me in Washington, D.C. I thought the topic was going to be the possible coming war between Israel and Iran. Instead, the Representative asked, “What are your thoughts on Isaiah 17 and the possible destruction of Damascus?” A few months ago, a Member of the
    Canadian Parliament asked me the same question.

    As implosion of Syria accelerates, the question of what Bible prophecy says about the future of Syria is being asked more frequently. During the horrific civil war that is underway there, more than 110,000 Syrians have been killed thus far, including,
    reportedly, through the use of chemical weapons in Damascus. More than two million Syrians have fled their country. Another five million more Syrians have been “internally displaced” – they have fled their homes and villages because of the brutal violence, but
    have not yet actually left their country. The country is steadily falling apart and there is a real question how in the world Syria would ever be put back together.

    The larger question is whether the situation will actually go from bad to worse. Does the Bible predict the catastrophic destruction of Damascus? If so, why, and how will it happen? What are the implications of such a thing happening? How should Christians live in light of such coming events, if they are legitimate?

    These are questions I have been studying for some time. In March of 2013, my most recent novel, Damascus Countdown, was published. It considers this very subject, the coming judgment of the Syrian capital, and how this scenario could possibly unfold in the not-too-distant future in relation to other Bible prophecies and current geopolitical trends in the Middle East.

    Given how often I’m being asked to discuss this, I have decided to post my personal study notes on this subject. I hope they are helpful.”

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    http://www.joelrosenberg.com/files/2013/09/STUDY-Damascus-prophecies.pdf

    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    in reply to: All Through This Hour #156
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    All Through This Hour

    By David.
    1 To you, LORD, do I lift up my soul.

    2 My God, I have trusted in you, Don’t let me be shamed. Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.
    3 Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed. They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.

    4 Show me your ways, LORD. Teach me your paths.
    5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation, I wait for you all day long.
    6 LORD, remember your tender mercies and your lovingkindness, For they are from old times.
    7 Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Remember me according to your lovingkindness, For your goodness’ sake, LORD.

    8 Good and upright is the LORD, Therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
    9 He will guide the humble in justice. He will teach the humble his way.
    10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
    11 For your name’s sake, LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. [Psalms 25:1-11 HNV]

    The majestic chime of London’s Great Clock of Westminster, commonly known as Big Ben, is familiar to many. In fact, some of us may have clocks in our homes that sound the same hourly chime. It is traditionally thought that the melody was taken from Handel’s Messiah. And the lyrics inscribed in the Big Ben clock room have a time significance:

    All through this hour,

    Lord, be my guide;

    And by Thy power,

    No foot shall slide.

    These lyrics are a good reminder of our constant need for God’s guidance. King David recognized that he needed guidance all through the day as he faced the challenges of life. In Psalm 25 he says: “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (v.5). Wanting to be a teachable follower of God, David looked to his Redeemer for direction. His heart’s desire was to wait on God with dependent faith throughout the entire day.

    May this be our desire as well. Our requests for God’s help often begin the day, but then competing distractions can pull our attention away from Him. Lord, remind us to pray: “All through this hour, Lord, be my guide.”

    There’s never a day nor a season
    That prayer may not bless every hour,
    And never a prayer need be helpless
    When linked with God’s infinite power. —Morton

    Let Christ be first in your thoughts in the morning, and last in your thoughts at night.

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    in reply to: Daily Promises (September 9th) #157
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    Daily Promises (September 9th)

    And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart. [Jeremiah 29:13]

    God promises to be found when sought after with our whole hearts. How wonderful then, that it is He who places that longing within us. It is He who gives our hearts of stone to be hearts of flesh. Glory to God that He is merciful to draw us near! Praise to the Lord that He first loved us! Live now as righteous, taking heart in the gospel joy of the Lord!

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    in reply to: David Trusting in and Praising the Lord and His Word #159
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    David Trusting in and Praising the Lord and His Word

    In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust…In God (I will praise His word), In the LORD (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust…You have magnified Your word above all Your name. (Psalm 56:4, 10-11 and 138:2)

    To live by grace, one must trust in the Lord. David urged others to trust in the Lord. Trust in the LORDfeed on His faithfulnessCommit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him (Psalm 37:3, 5). David himself trusted in the Lord. In God I have put my trust.” Part of trusting in the Lord involves holding His word in an exalted place (trusting in it, honoring it, praising it). David proclaimed, I will praise His word.” This is an inherent part of living by grace, since it is “the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance” (Acts 20:32).

    God’s word is so trustworthy, so praiseworthy. David proclaimed the unique character of God’s word, which gives the word its incomparable effectiveness. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul (Psalm 19:7a). God’s word is fully sufficient. The Lord has left nothing out of it that we need for spiritual development. Therefore, it can transform lives into what God wants them to be.

    Furthermore, “The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7b). The Scriptures are absolutely reliable. They provide God’s indisputable insights into life on earth, as well as necessary preparation for heaven. Consequently, they bring the Lord’s wisdom to those who humbly admit that they need it.

    Additionally, “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart (Psalm 19:8a). The Bible alone is irrefutably correct. Man’s perspectives, opinions, systems, and theories are riddled with inaccuracies and fallacies. What a joy this brings to the inner man, knowing that there is a place to find the Lord’s absolute realities.

    Moreover, “The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:8b). God’s word is holy and untainted. Man’s words are polluted with sin and self and all sorts of unrighteousness. When people feed on the contaminated words of humanity, their eyes become dull and lifeless. Contrastingly, when the words of the Lord are consistently taken in, one’s eyes shine with heaven’s light.

    Upon consideration of the unparalleled character and ability of God’s word, it is no surprise that the Spirit of God inspired David to exclaim, “You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

    Dear Lord God, I see that the words from Your heart are to be treated just as You are to be treated. As part of my trust in You and my praise for You, I confess my trust in, and praise for, Your word. Please use the word of Your grace to transform and shape my life in every way, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

    David Trusting in and Praising the Lord and His Word
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    in reply to: Assad “Retaliation Against USA If America Strikes” Syria #170
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    Published on Sep 9, 2013

    Syrian President Assad says he will retaliate if America strikes Syria http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://gma.yahoo.com

    in reply to: The Power Of Affirmation #231
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    The Power Of Affirmation

    4 I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Messiah Yeshua; 5 that in everything you were enriched in him, in all speech and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Messiah was confirmed in you: 7 so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah; 8 who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord. [1 Corinthians 1:4-9 HNV]

    During a recent study, 200,000 employees were interviewed to discover the missing ingredient in their productivity. The study concluded that appreciation and affirmation topped the list of what they wanted most from their superiors. This research implies that receiving affirmation is a basic human need.

    The apostle Paul seemed to realize this basic need in the Corinthian believers, so before he peppered them with firm words of discipline, he showered them with affirmation. As their spiritual leader, Paul began his letter with thanksgiving to God for the grace being displayed in their lives.

    Once far from God, these believers were now participating in His grace through the death and resurrection of Christ. United with Jesus, they were drawing their spiritual life from Him, and the fruit of this union was their spiritual growth in godliness (1 Cor. 1:4-7). Paul deliberately and continually thanked God for His work in the Corinthian believers’ lives. I imagine that they were better able to bear firm criticism from Paul because of his tender affirmation.

    When we see people who are obeying God, let’s take time to affirm them and to thank God for what He’s doing through them.

    Lord, You are at work in so many ways in my life
    and in the people around me. Help me to encourage
    my brothers and sisters in Christ by telling them
    how I am blessed to see Your work in them.

    Praise loudly—correct softly.

    The Power Of Affirmation
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    in reply to: Daily Promises (September 10th) #232
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    Daily Promises (September 10th)

    What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? (Romans 8:31)

    Fear not, O believer, for there is naught to stand against you! All potential powers and enemies pale in significance to the power of God. No mere creation can threaten to undo the work and will of its Creator. God is sovereign. He holds all things in the palm of His hand, He does whatsoever He wills to do. And He loves you! Therefore rejoice, for while God is for you, O child of faith, nothing can truly be against you. And He is with you to everlasting.

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    in reply to: Living According to God's Word #233
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    Living According to God’s Word

    You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word. (Psalm 119:65)

    David was a man who basically lived by grace (that is, by depending on the Lord to work in his life). Consequently, he trusted in the word of God ("the word of His grace"- Acts 20:32). David lived according to God's word. Psalm 119 bears substantial testimony of what can happen when one lives in this manner. "You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word." The strategic phrase ("according to Your word") has two implications: living in line with God's word and living by the provisions of God's word. Therefore, those who live according to God's word not only find their direction in the Scriptures, they find resource there as well.

    Many respected Bible teachers are convinced that David was the human instrumental author of Psalm 119. Whether this is true or not is incidental to our present meditation. In this majestic Psalm, the Holy Spirit (the ultimate author) depicts the all-inclusive nature of living according to the word.

    Every person on earth begins life with a sin problem (guilty, condemned, alienated from God). If a person wants to have his life cleaned up spiritually, he must have that accomplished according to God's Word. "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word" (Psalm 119:9). Anyone who will pay close attention to the message of the Scriptures will find therein God's provision of forgiveness and salvation. "Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD-Your salvation according to Your word" (Psalm 119:41). God's merciful salvation (from sin and unto godliness) is enjoyed by those who call upon Him wholeheartedly, as declared in God's word. "I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:58).

    Every person who has found new life through the Lord's merciful salvation needs reviving at times. When the difficulties of life seem to choke all spiritual vitality out of us, it is time to call upon the Lord and turn to His word. "I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word" (Psalm 119:107). Sometimes, the battle is so intense that our inner man seems to be smashed face down in the dirt. Again, it is time to seek the Lord in His word. "My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:25). Yes, in God's word, we find direction for our lives and replenishing of our lives.

    Dear Lord of the Scriptures, I praise You for giving me new life according to Your word. Now, in the afflictions and battles that I face, I ask You to revive me according to Your word.

    Living According to God’s Word
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    in reply to: Florida And USDA Says "Kick Jesus To The Curb" #238
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    Published on Sep 10, 2013

    The USDA tells Florida to tell Faith Based Ministries to “Kick Jesus out” http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://www.foxnews.com

    in reply to: BREAKING: Syria Agree's To Turn Over Chemical Weapons!! #239
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    Published on Sep 10, 2013

    Has Damascus been spared? Or destruction delayed? http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://rt.com

    in reply to: It’s All About The Love #274
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    It’s All About The Love

    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. 9 By this was God’s love revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only 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 as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.

    13 By this we know that we remain in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God. 16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

    17 In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love Him, because he first loved us. [1 John 4:7-19 HNV]

    I saw a sign in front of a church that seems to me to be a great motto for relationships: Receive love. Give love. Repeat.

    The greatest love that we receive is the love of God. He loved us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to live, die, and rise again to redeem us (1 John 4:9). We receive His love when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

    After we’ve experienced God’s love, we then can learn to give love. “Let us love one another, for love is of God” (1 John 4:7).

    God’s love enables us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. We teach, encourage, and rebuke. We weep and rejoice. The love we give is tender and tough and supportive. We are taught by Jesus even to love our enemies: “Do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Giving love to others can be challenging in some situations, but it’s possible because of the love God has first given to us.

    A good plan for our lives today: Receive love. Give love. Repeat.

     

    For Further Study
    How do we experience the love of Christ? (John 15:10).
    What is the evidence of God’s love in our lives? (1 John 4:16-21).
    How can we show God’s love today?

    Receive love. Give love. Repeat.

    It’s All About The Love
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    in reply to: Daily Promises (September 11th) #277
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    Daily Promises (September 11th)

    There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10)

    Our gracious Father offers His children the beautiful promise of complete rest in Him. The author here makes an earnest plea to the recipient of the epistle—let us receive this abundant spiritual life that God has made available to us. May we take strength in His eternal rest!

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    in reply to: More on Living According to God’s Word #280
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    More on Living According to God’s Word

    You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word…Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word. (Psalm 119:65 and 169)

    Those who live according to God’s word will characteristically have this testimony. “You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word.” This is true, because the word of God is our comprehensive source of the Lord’s direction and of His provision. When God’s mercy unto salvation is needed for new life, one must turn to God’s word. “Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD-Your salvation according to Your word (Psalm 119:41). When reviving is needed for those who have new life, one must turn again to God’s word. “I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word…My soul clings to the dust;
    Revive me according to Your word
    (Psalm 119:107 and 25). Whatever the need, the Lord invites us to face it according to His word.

    When we do not understand the issues of life that press painfully in upon us, it is again time to run to the Lord and His word. “Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word.” So often, perplexity is our human situation. The word of the Lord can sort it all out.

    When the circumstances around us, or the turmoil within us, bring great distress, it is once again time to rely upon the Lord and His word. “Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant” (Psalm 119:76). What comfort can fill our hearts, as we allow the Lord to speak words of peace and consolation from the Scriptures into our lives.

    When our inner man is so burdened that we imagine our spiritual strength is gone forever, we have another great opportunity to seek the Lord in His word. “My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word (Psalm 119:28). God’s living and powerful word can bring strength anew to our weary soul.

    When we are sinking into a sea of despondency, our God and His word are our sufficient remedy. Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope (Psalm 119:116). His life-giving word sustains us, proving once more that our hope in the Lord is never in vain.

    When we are trapped or bound and need to be set free, God will again rescue us through His mighty word. “Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word (Psalm 119:170). The Lord is our great Deliverer!

    Dear God of the Bible, I praise You for the comprehensive work of Your word in my life. Day by day, please give me understanding, comfort, strength, and deliverance—all according to Your word!

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    in reply to: Beneficial Power #298
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    Beneficial Power

    6 Then Asa the king took all Yehudah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber of it, with which Ba`sha had built; and he built therewith Geva and Mitzpah.

    7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Yehudah, and said to him, Because you have relied on the king of Aram, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore is the host of the king of Aram escaped out of your hand. 8 Weren’t the Kushim and the Luvim a huge host, with chariots and horsemen exceeding many? yet, because you did rely on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the LORD run back and forth throughout the whole eretz, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein you have done foolishly; for from henceforth you shall have wars.

    10 Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the prison-house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

    11 Behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Yehudah and Yisra’el. 12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet; his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he didn’t seek the LORD, but to the physicians. 13 Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. [2 Chronicles 16:6-13 HNV]

    Boxing and strong-man competitions have a unique aspect to them. In the events, the athletes compete individually for the purpose of demonstrating their superior strength. It’s like arm wrestling—you do it to prove that you are the strongest person in the room.

    One aspect of God’s glory is His almighty power. But how does He show His strength? He doesn’t do it by rearranging the galaxies before our very eyes, changing the color of the sun at a whim, or freezing a lightning bolt as a trophy to His strength. Instead, in His love and compassion for needy people like ourselves, God has chosen to “show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chron. 16:9).

    The pattern is consistent throughout Scripture. From the dividing of the Red Sea, to the marvel of manna in the wilderness, to the miraculous virgin birth, and ultimately to the power of the resurrection, our Almighty God has chosen to demonstrate His strength to bless, preserve, and protect His people.

    Be assured that He delights in showing Himself strong in the challenges of our life. And when He proves His power on our behalf, let’s remember to give Him the glory!

    Lord, thank You for choosing to expend Your
    divine power on the needs of my life. When my
    strength is weak, teach me to trust that Your mighty
    arm is able to guard, protect, and deliver!

    All of God’s promises are backed by His wisdom, love, and power.

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    in reply to: Daily Promises (September 12th) #299
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    Daily Promises (September 12th)

    For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (Psalm 91:11)

    As we abide in the light of our Father, we are given protection beyond all comprehension. These heavenly angels are encamped all about us as they guard our every path throughout this life. Indeed, absolutely nothing shall ever prevail against us as we walk in the light! For He is our rock! He is our mighty fortress!

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    in reply to: David Confessing the Lord as His God #301
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    David Confessing the Lord as His God

    I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life. But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:13-14)

    Living by grace involves looking to the Lord as the one who must work His ways in and through our lives. Another distinctive indication that David lived in this manner was his habit of confessing the Lord as his God. "I say, 'You are my God'."

    Such confessions by David were not mere religious ceremony, given in settings of ease and security. Rather, he made such confessions in times of threat and impossibility. When David voiced this particular confession, more than a few people were coming against him with a barrage of slanderous attacks. "I hear the slander of many." The situation was so bad that fearful circumstances surrounded him. "Fear is on every side." His slanderers were conspiring against him. "They take counsel together against me." Their goal was a total victory. They were plotting in order to completely destroy him. "They scheme to take away my life."

    David (like many of God's children) found himself in such embattled situations frequently. One of these many conflicts included cruel taunts that even accused David of being cast off by the Lord. "My enemies speak against me; And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together, Saying, 'God has forsaken him; Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him'" (Psalm 71:10-11).

    Another encounter was accompanied by a very distinct type of pain. David was under threat of death from the hand of Saul, the king he had faithfully served. The superscription from Psalm 59 documents this painful opposition. "A Michtam of David when Saul sent men, and they watched the house in order to kill him."

    One opposition brought David a unique measure of personal agony. This occurred when David's own son came to usurp his father's throne. "LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me" (Psalm 3:1-2). The superscription above this Psalm indicates that Absalom led this army of insurrectionists. "A Psalm of David when he fled Absalom his son."

    In each of these cruel and painful betrayals, David confessed the Lord to be his God. "But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, 'You are my God'…O my God, make haste to help me!…Deliver me from my enemies, O my God…Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God!" (Psalm 31:13; 71:12; 59:1; and 3:7).

    Dear Lord, I also want to confess You as my God when I face opposition or attack. Even when my heart is aching from the most painful betrayals, I want to confess You as the sovereign Master, Who is in control of every aspect of my life, Amen.

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    A Father To Follow

    1 Yehoshafat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Yisra’el. 2 He placed forces in all the fortified cities of Yehudah, and set garrisons in the land of Yehudah, and in the cities of Efrayim, which Asa his father had taken.

    3 The LORD was with Yehoshafat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and didn’t seek the Ba`alim, 4 but sought to the God of his father, and walked in his mitzvot, and not after the doings of Yisra’el. 5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Yehudah brought to Yehoshafat tribute; and he had riches and honor in abundance. 6 His heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: and furthermore he took away the high places and the Asherim out of Yehudah.

    7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes, even Ben-Hayil, and `Ovadyah, and Zekharyah, and Netan’el, and Mikhayahu, to teach in the cities of Yehudah; 8 and with them the Levites, even Shemayah, and Netanyah, and Zevadyah, and `Asa’el, and Shemiramot, and Yehonatan, and Adoniyahu, and Toviyah, and Tob-adonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Yehoram, the Kohanim. 9 They taught in Yehudah, having the book of the law of the LORD with them; and they went about throughout all the cities of Yehudah, and taught among the people.

    10 The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Yehudah, so that they made no war against Yehoshafat. [2 Chronicles 17:1-10 HNV]

    When I think of my father, I think of this saying: “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and he let me watch him do it.” During my youth, I watched my dad walk with God. He participated in Sunday morning church services, taught an adult Bible-study class, helped with counting the offering, and served as a deacon. Outside of church, he faithfully defended the gospel and read his Bible. I saw him express his love for the Lord through outward actions.

    Asa, king of Judah, modeled devotion to God for a season in his life (2 Chron. 14:2). He removed the idols from his kingdom, restored the altar of the Lord, and led the people into a covenant with God (15:8-12). Asa’s son Jehoshaphat carried on this legacy by seeking “the God of his father and walk[ing] in His commandments” (17:4). Jehoshaphat purged the land of idol worship (v.6) and sent out priests and Levites to teach God’s law in all of the cities of Judah (vv.7-9).

    Jehoshaphat’s reign resembled that of his father; he faithfully honored Asa’s godly example. Yet even more important, Jehoshaphat’s “heart took delight in the ways of the Lord” (v.6). Today, if you’re looking for a father to follow, remember your heavenly Father and take delight in His ways.

    We magnify our Father God
    With songs of thoughtful praise;
    As grateful children we confess
    How perfect are His ways. —Ball

    We honor God’s name when we call Him our Father and live like His Son.

    A Father To Follow
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    Daily Promises (September 13th)

    For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

    God keeps His promises. No matter what His promise may be, He will keep it-and it will be a “Yes” in Christ. Because of His faithfulness through Christ, our proper response should be “Amen,” in order that we give Him glory. This should be the goal of all who believe-the further glory of God.

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    in reply to: More on David Confessing the Lord as His God #317
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    More on David Confessing the Lord as His God

    For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me…I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long…in You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God…Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me! (Psalm 38:4, 6, 15 and 21)

    When the battles raged with pain and cruelty, David drew upon God’s grace by humbly confessing the Lord as his God. “I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side…But as for me…I say, ‘You are my God‘” (Psalm 31:13-14). Then David added, My times are in Your hand (Psalm 31:15). He knew that all of his times were in the hand of his sovereign God. David demonstrated this dependence upon the Lord in all types of situations (not only during the agonizing betrayals that he faced).

    When David experienced times of personal sin and failure, he turned to the Lord, his God. “For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” The guilt of David’s sins overwhelmed him like mighty flood waters and crushed him like a massive weight. “I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.” This left David distressed, greatly pressed down, and continually grieving. Thus, with a broken and humble repentance, he confessed the Lord as his God. “In You, O LORD, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God…Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me!”

    In other times, David confessed the Lord as his God. When he was sick and near to death, he turned to the Lord, confessing Him as his God. O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You have healed me. O LORD, You have brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit” (Psalm 30:2-3). When David was humbly aware of his lack of innate goodness, he also confessed the Lord as his remedy. “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You‘” (Psalm 16:1-2). On the other hand, when David was joyously abounding in the goodness of the Lord, he also confessed the Lord as his God. “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts which are toward us cannot be recounted to You in order” (Psalm 40:5).

    Dear Lord, You are my God as well! Yet, I know that in many situations, I have not confessed You as my God. Lord, teach me to confess You as my God in every circumstance—when I have sinned, when I am sick, when I am abased, when I am abounding. Wherever I am, whatever comes my way, may I see You as my God, lovingly and powerfully handling my times, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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    Published on Sep 13, 2013

    Gov. Chris Christy “I want to vomit” as the New Jersey Boardwalk is destroyed with a raging fire http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://news.yahoo.com

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    Published on Sep 13, 2013

    Breaking News: US Consulate hit with car bombs and leaves 6 dead and 15 wounded in Afghanistan http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://rt.com

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    Published on Sep 13, 2013

    Geoffrey Portway of Boston, Mass planned to kidnap children and rape and eat them was also involved in Child Porn http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://www.cnn.com

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    Al Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahri threatens America with “terrorist attacks” in mainland America http://www.paulbegleyprophecy.com also http://news.yahoo.com

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    I continue to enjoy your faithful devotions Jonathan.

    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



    in reply to: Tracking Bible Prophecy Headlines – 9/13/13 #336
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    Syria chemical weapons sites being dispersed to avoid detection, report says

    http://www.jpost.com/Syria-Crisis/Syria-chemical-weapons-sites-being-dispersed-report-says-326071

    Syria says it ratified treaty banning use of chemical weapons

    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syria-says-it-ratified-treaty-banning-use-of-chemical-weapons-326057

    Syria ready to hand over chemical weapons, if US drop threats

    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syria-ready-to-hand-over-chemical-weapons-if-US-drop-threats-326007

    Assad tells Obama to stop arming rebels, or no deal

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/assad-dictates-to-obama-stop-arming-rebels-or-no-deal/article/2535700

    As Syria talks open, US and Russia diverge on issue of military force

    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/As-Syria-talks-open-US-and-Russia-diverge-on-issue-of-military-force-326038

    Kerry: talks on Syria chemical weapons ‘not a game’

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/politics/us-syria/

    Turkish PM: Assad buying time for more massacres

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/turkish-pm-assad-buying-time-for-more-massacres/

    Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After US ‘Liberates’ Syria

    http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24116/Default.aspx?hp=readmore

    Jesuit head: US strike on Syria would be ‘abuse of power’

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/jesuit-head-us-strike-syria-would-be-abuse-power

    Billionaire offers to help Obama on Syria vote

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/adelson-offers-to-help-obama-on-syria-vote/

    Syrians in Israeli hospital urge US strike

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4429297,00.html

    US is ‘floundering’ over Syria, says ex-Mossad chief

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-is-floundering-over-syria-says-ex-mossad-chief/

    Fatah-aligned Aksa Martyrs Brigades call for terror attacks against Israel on Yom Kippur

    http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Fatah-army-urges-Palestinians-to-terrorize-Israel-on-Yom-Kippur-325764

    Knesset to mark 40 years since Yom Kippur War

    http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Knesset-to-mark-40-years-since-Yom-Kippur-War-326075

    Oslo’s 20-year legacy of failure lives on

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/13/oslo-s-20-year-legacyoffailureliveson.html

    Israel denies spying on Americans after Snowden leak

    http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-denies-spying-on-Americans-after-Snowden-leak-326047

    Report: Hamas gives landmines to Egyptian Islamists, trains them in planting car bombs

    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Hamas-gives-landmines-to-Egyptian-Islamists-trains-them-in-planting-car-bombs-326010

    Poll: Majority of Palestinian Authority Muslims Support Suicide Bombings

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/09/11/Poll-Majority-of-Palestinian-Authority-Muslims-Support-Suicide-Bombings

    IMF Says Palestinian Economy Precarious

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/imf-palestinian-economy-precarious-20231936

    Egypt extends state of emergency by two months

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/us-egypt-protests-security-idUSBRE98B0N620130912

    Herat attack: Afghanistan Taliban target US consulate

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24075687

    ‘Most Wanted’ American jihadist rapper killed in Somalia

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/12/jihad-somalia/2806637/

    Report: NSA defeats many encryption efforts

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048222/report-nsa-defeats-many-encryption-efforts.html#tk.nl_secur

    Greek unemployment rises to record 27.9 percent in June

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/greek-unemployment-rises-record-27-9-percent-june-091043245–business.html

    NASA identifies three asteroids for potential capture

    http://www.france24.com/en/20130912-nasa-identifies-three-asteroids-potential-capture

    Minor Earthquake Felt in Jerusalem Area

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171843#.UjJdND8pj5x

    Tropical Depression Ten Forms in the Gulf of Mexico

    http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/tropical-depression-ten-storm-hurricane-ingrid-20130911

    Developing Tropical System Eyes Japan; Taiwan on Alert

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-system-japan-taiwan/17654658

    Fire rages along NJ boardwalk damaged by Superstorm Sandy

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/12/fire-rages-along-nj-boardwalk-damaged-by-superstorm-sandy/

    Up to 37 Killed in Fire at Russian Psychiatric Institution

    http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130913/183399358/14-Missing-After-Fire-at-Psychiatric-Hospital-in-Russia.html

    Reprogrammed stem cells grown inside living mice

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-video/10302773/Reprogrammed-stem-cells-grown-inside-living-mice.html

    Mysterious Elk Deaths Plague New Mexico

    http://www.livescience.com/39522-mysterious-elk-deaths-plague-new-mexico.html

    Over 3,000 endangered saiga antelopes dead in west Kazakhstan

    http://en.rian.ru/world/20100522/159112399.html

    Massive Starfish Die-Off Baffles Scientists

    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/09/massive-starfish-die-off-baffles-scientists/

    Cause of salamander die-off found: Skin-eating fungus

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/cause-salamander-die-found-skin-eating-fungus-8C11079660

    Mystery Disease Killing Ohio Dogs

    http://www.livescience.com/39537-disease-killing-ohio-dogs-circovirus.html

    Brain-Eating Amoeba Discovered in Louisiana Plumbing System

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/braineating-amoeba-discovered/17691349

    U.S. House cancels recess to try to avoid government shutdown

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/usa-congress-spending-idINL2N0H814620130912

    Pennsylvania clerk told to stop issuing gay marriage licenses

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/12/us-usa-gaymarriage-pennsylvania-idUSBRE98B0WE20130912

    AFL-CIO Revises Constitution to Protect Transgenders

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/12/AFL-CIO-transgender

    UK man jailed after admitting sex with goat

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4429390,00.html

    Feds launch predator app on iTunes to catch child sex criminals

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/12/feds-launch-predator-app-itunes-catch-child-sex-cr/

    Catholic priests may be allowed to marry amid Papal changes

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3866516.ece

    Quran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones’ Arrest Could Be Unconstitutional, Experts Say

    http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/articles/2013/09/12/quran-burning-pastor-terry-jones-arrest-could-be-unconstitutional-experts-say

    Birth Pang Tracker Link:

    http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

    I am convinced of this, that the One who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 1:6



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