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Genesis 34, Mark 5, Job 1, Romans 5

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Genesis 34          Dinah … went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem … saw her, he took her and lay with her, and violated her. …And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved and very angry, because he had done a disgraceful thing … Then Shechem said to her father and her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give…. but give me the young woman as a wife.”

               But the sons of Jacob answered Shechemspoke deceitfully, … “on this condition we will consent to you: If you will become as we are, if every male of you is circumcised,” … Now it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came boldly upon the city and killed all the males…. and they plundered even all that was in the houses. Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have troubled me by making me obnoxious among the inhabitants of the land,” …But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a harlot?”

               Revenge  Taking matters of justice into our own hands. We use our logic, our will, our provision, our anger and our vengeance. The result? Death and further separation from God. Revenge never teaches righteousness. But God’s revenge, that teaches Righteousness! (1)

              Lord God, I can be angered by the leaders in my nation and by people who lie, deceive, steal, maim and seek to destroy Truth, babies, relationships and Your Word. But Lord God, You are have the Last and The True Word (2). Right now You are teaching me that what I say and do DO matter. That while I can call congressmen, sign petitions, donate to just causes – my speaking, living and loving Truth (You Jesus) will heal the broken hearted and cause conviction of sin to the wayward for their repentance and reunion with You. My being Salt and Light will heal the wounded and dispel darkness so less people may be deceived. I am not useless, but useful IF I follow You Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You! (3) 

            Rape is horrific! But revenge does not heal or restore righteousness. But You, God, and Your Ways do! I seek Your counsel and the Holy Spirit Power to fulfill Your deepest desires for a bounteous harvest here and now. Amen   

            Lord God, I pray for Revenge Your way! Lord God Almighty, hunt down the people who harm others so that they know that there is no escape from You! Soften their heart, convict them of sin, and have them repent of all the wrong they have said, done, thought, etc. Lord Jesus, make them New Creatures in You so they will be so in love with and submitted to You that they will never harm anyone like that again! Bless them with salvation and bless those whom they have harmed, in this very same way, for Your Glory alone! (4)

Mark 5            immediately there met Him …a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs .. crying out and cutting himself with stones.  When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. … he cried out with a loud voice, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?”… He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” …And at once … the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine … and ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

                Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed …sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.…Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.

          when Jesus got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus … said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”  And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

              Jesus, the Son of the Most High God, the One worthy of worship, did not have revenge. Lord Jesus, You had compassion and renewed! You did not torment the insane man. Instead You set him free! Demons and sin had claimed the man as their victim. But Only You, Jesus can set him free from both. Lord Jesus, thank You for setting me free, too!

 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

               But the bystanders could only see their money going down into the sea. Where is my focus? On the here and now? The physical? Or am I Seeing with God’s Eyes a man free from hell, a man now with friends, a hope and a future, a man clothed and in his right mind, a man with incredible value because he shares the reality of God’s compassion and deliverance with ten cities! Lord Jesus, may I not be sold out to the slavery of money or blinded by the values of this world so that I would not keep and maintain the principles of Your Word every moment of my life!

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things … When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” … And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”… He looked around to see her who had done this thing.But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”

            Lord Jesus, I hold onto Your cloak. I seek the hem of Your garment. For I am in need. You know my needs. They are many. And there is no one who can fill them for me. They are deep, they are real, and they are life sustaining in so many ways. Lord Jesus, I look to You, I seek Your Face, and I desire to know You in Your fullness so that I may relate with You more intimately, effectively and submittedly. Yet You come to me, seeking me and the “lost areas” of my life to cleanse, restore, realign and sanctify me. Thank You Lord Jesus. Lord God, make my faith sight while I live so that I may do Your bidding just as You ask. May I never be ashamed of the gospel or of Your reality in life. May I live a life flowing from Your Sacrificial Blood, filled with the Holy Spirit and pouring out Your True Love always. May Faith in You and Your perfect Love cast out all my fears. I praise and worship You Lord God Jesus Christ! Amen (5)

 And He said, “Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:33

Job 1                Job … was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. … Job would send and sanctify them, … For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly. …  And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.

                 While he was still speaking, another also came and said (x 3!) … Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

             How encouraged am I! Job did not have the full Bible. Job did not have the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Job did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit for counsel and power. Job did not have the fellowship of sanctified believers. Job did not have all these things that I have. I have hope!

             Job, a prayer warrior and one who feared God and lived to honor Him, had humility – and that is good with me! Micah 6:8

 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Romans 5            having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

             Character – only one way to attain it: God’s Way – within the Potter’s Palm! Lord God, I am grateful for Your gift of faith by which You have justified me, given me access to You, peace with You and continually show me “factually” of Your real Presence! (6)

            And because of You, Lord Jesus, I have particular tribulations. Things occur which show that I am in a war of good versus evil. If I wasn’t Your child, I wouldn’t desire greatly nor be able to successfully pursue Your righteousness amidst the enemy’s tactics. (Thank You for saving me! Please bring many others to repentance to You so that they, too, will be new creatures and able to truly live by, for and with You, Lord Jesus Christ, with peace, hope and Great joy!)

              As I am obedient to You while in these tribulations, You display Your glory, for which I greatly rejoice! And as I go through them with, by and for You, You produce in me the stamina to persevere. My impetus to continue is because I want to see Your righteousness more and more within me and around me! By these things You sanctify and develop in me Your character. So as I more and more deeply see Your good results despite the strife, I hope in You more and more greatly! Thank You, thank You, thank You for Your All Powerful Love Lord God Almighty!  (7)

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who was given to us. Romans 5:5 

Bible insights –

 1 – Ezekiel 18:32, Deuteronomy 32:35 , Romans 12:19 , Hebrews 10:30

2 – Revelation 1:8, John 1:1-3,14

3 – Matthew 5:11-16

4 – Matthew 5:43-48, Matthew 6:10

5 – Philippians 2:12, Psalm 2:11, Mark 2:17, Luke 19:10, Matthew 18:10-14, Matthew 10:32-33, Mark 8:34

6 – Isaiah 64:8, Isaiah 49:16

7 – 2 Corinthians 5:17, John 3:5-21, John 1:12-14, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 3:1

 Crystal (PsalmThirty4)



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1 Samuel 12, Romans 10, Jeremiah 49, Psalm 26, Psalm 27

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

“Examine me, O LORD, and prove me” Psalm 26:2

 “O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” Psalm 27:9-10

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1 Samuel 12 and Jeremiah 49                    Lord God Almighty, over and over again You show me to fear You and walk in Your ways. If I heed, then even the authorities over me will be amenable to me. If I do not, I lose favor. Then I incur Your rod of correction. But even in placid times You are disciplining me, teaching, refining, and reshaping me more into Your image is Your desire. Thank You, no matter how painful it is and in so many ways! (1 Samuel 12:14-15, 24-25)

                  Please make me and others deeply aware that You are the One to fear! Not man, and to not be hungering after some “ideal” that the world “sells”. Please have the leaders of this nation bow down to You, the True King of kings and Lord of lords!! Help me and each of us to repent to You, to turn from our wicked ways, seeking Your Face and serving You with all our heart so that You will forgive our sin and heal us in so many intricate ways!! (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Romans 10               Salvation – Saved from what? Saved from the wrath of God both here and now, and forever and ever in Hell. Oh what torture it is to endure utter darkness, complete consciousness of evil all around and within you, to experience the depths of despair forever without hope, having endless shame and guilt, and in utter pain, agony, vast loneliness and screams of terror – eternally in hell. And the contrast is complete Joy, Hope, True Peace and Security, and personal value and integrity right now and forever in Heaven with a God Who is Pure Love and Truth!   

                        This is the choice You offered me, Almighty One so many years ago. Thank You for the choice to choose You!! Yes, my Sovereign Savior!! I am deeply and joyfully grateful! But what about Israel? Please send workers in their fields! (v. 14-15) Show to them that their Messiah came and still lives to intercede for them! (Hebrews 7:25) Have Israel and all gentiles submit to You for Your Righteousness to live through each of them. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. … 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

                              Lord Jesus Christ, may my life provoke to jealousy those who do not know You, causing them to seek You and be saved from “soul torment” here and later. Please continue: “21 All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.” until they all come to be saved from Hell and to live right now to give You glory, worshipping You in Spirit and in Truth! 

 Psalm 26 and Psalm 27                 The Blood of Jesus vindicates!! The Blood Atonement frees me from guilt, shame, sin, and condemnation. (2 Cor 5:17, Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 4:10) I cannot take the punishment for myself and still go to heaven, for hell is the payment and the charge is endless, thus permanent. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23) But the sinless Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can and does take the punishment for each person who desires that with all of their soul and who lives for Him intentionally, by His Holy Spirit and Word. 

 Psalm 26                 “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,” v.2-3  Have me walk in Your Truth ceaselessly.

                           “I have hated the assembly of evildoers.”  I rejoice to “proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.” Thank you for “Redeeming and being merciful to me.” V. 5,7,11

Psalm 27                   “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” v.1 No one should I fear but You, for You are my Owner and Creator, The Sovereign Ruler over all!! I praise and rejoice in Your Justice and Temperament!! Patient, slow to anger, and persevering in changing me into the vessel You choose!!  (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 103:8, 2 Peter 3:9, Isaiah 29:16, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 18:6, Romans 9:21 )

                       “One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.” You Lord, dwell within me. You have given me Your Holy Spirit – the Counselor, Teacher, Comforter and so much more!! (1 Corinthians 6:19) That is the desire of my heart! (Psalm 37:4)

                       When I am distressed, I hide in Your Word, as if within Your Priestly robes, that I might know nothing with certainty but You (1 Corinthians 2:2). In this way I am kept safe in my mind, emotions and actions. V.5   “O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” v. 9-10  Jesus, You never abandon me, not emotionally, mentally or in any way!! Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5, Isaiah 49:15

                   “Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. Teach me Your way, O LORD, Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries” v.6,11-12

                    I shall heed with my heart and encourage others to:  “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” V.14

 Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ!!

 Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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