Chapter 10 Thoughts

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Life On The Highest Plane:  Chapter 10 Thoughts:

I read this chapter out loud as my Hon- drove us to Cannon Beach last week.  It gave us lots to ponder and talk about on our twelve-hour drive.  It has been worth the re-reading for me and I pray that you will take the time to read it and enjoy it as much as we have.

Chapter 10 covers the second of four spans in the “bridge of salvation”.  The first span covered in Chapter 9, spoke of the incarnation of Christ.  This chapter speaks of the Cross of Christ.

Right away the author dove into “the hour” that Jesus spoke of so many times during His ministry.  While reading through the many Scriptures that refer to this hour, it’s clear that Jesus not only knew He had come to die, but He also knew the purpose of why He had come to die.  He anticipated it and knew that it would complete His ministry on earth.

Jesus’ first mention of “the hour” was at the wedding in Cana.

“And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us?
My hour has not yet come.”
John 2:4

This verse has always struck me as kind of funny.  But was it a funny moment shared between Mary and her Son, Jesus?  Mary wanted Jesus to do something about the fact that the wedding party had run out of wine.  It leaves me wondering what she knew about Jesus as the Son of God. What exactly did she expect Him to do? Did she know that He could change the water to wine?  Had He shown her the things He could do at a time prior?  Maybe it was the Holy Spirit prompting her to speak, saying something to Jesus that even she did not understand…

I wonder when Jesus said that His hour had not yet come, if the comment thrust Mary into a thought that wasn’t as happy as the wedding they were enjoying at that moment.  Did she know the hour of which He referred to?  Did she know how difficult the hour would be for her as a mother, but incomparable to what it would mean for her Son, the One who would take upon Himself every sin ever committed by mankind?

Chapter 10 follows the study of “the hour” right on through to Matthew 26:45,

“Then He came to the disciples and said to them,
“are you still sleeping and resting?  Behold, the hour is at hand and
the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

At this point I could see that the hour was definitely referring to the hour of Jesus’ death.  But so many wonderful questions were asked during this part of the chapter.  “Why would Jesus dread this hour?”  “Wouldn’t it be an hour of glorious release?”  “Wouldn’t the hour return Him to the presence of His Father in heaven?”

Here I could see how Jesus’ death related to both those who have placed their faith in Him as their Lord and Savior and to the unsaved man, for sin has to be judged by God. The saved man will see his judgment taken by Jesus on the Cross.  However, the unsaved man will have to take God’s judgment of his sin upon himself (even though Jesus has done that for him), since He has not believed in the Only Begotten Son of God.  This is so sad to think of since Jesus died for all men.  There is no reason for any man to have to take the judgment and penalty of his own sin and perish without God.  Except for one:  His own stubborn will.  He simply refuses to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

The questions may be asked, “Who exactly did Christ die for?  Are there only a select few?” I loved reading Scripture after Scripture in this chapter that said Jesus died for the sin of us all.  Not one person is left out!  When Jesus died on the Cross, He drew all men unto Himself and anyone who will come admitting they are a sinner in need of a Savior can be saved by the death of Jesus Christ. No one is exempt, except the man who chooses to make himself exempt by refusing to place his faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross!

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
Titus 2:11

One mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
who gave Himself a ransom for all.”
1 Timothy 2:5-6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:6

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
crowned with glory and honor;
that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Hebrews 2:9

“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4

The author says, “the great divide, a double exposure, the place of victory, a divinely-prepared turning point, the end of the old creation and the beginning of the new, and the place of decision that determines destiny”.  So true.  I loved this chapter and hope you take time to enjoy it as well.

 

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Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

 

Job, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus – Oh My!

Banner3333333threehearts2As most of you know (and maybe some of you have even joined me), I have been reading through the Bible in four months, chronologically.  I started on January 1, with Keith Ferrin and his group on Facebook called BRT2015 and wanted to catch you up on how that has been going.

I have read Job, Genesis, Exodus and I finished up Leviticus last night and read Numbers 1-7 this morning!  I know that sounds like a lot of reading. and it is, but daily God’s Word has been holding me like an anchor and there have been many things that have stood out to me, even though this is my 8th time of reading the Bible completely through.  Some things that stood out to me last night and this morning were:

Lev 26:44 – The faithfulness of God to NEVER reject or destroy or break His covenant with Israel is so comforting to me as one who has been grafted in! I’m so thankful that we are all brought to God through faith in Jesus Christ, even His original chosen ones – Romans 11

Num 2:3 – the camp of Judah camped on the east side toward the sunrise. The tribe Jesus came from 🙂

Num 3:12, 41, 45 all say that the Levites replaced the firstborn of Israel and not only the men, but also the cattle of the Levites replaced the firstborn cattle of Israel. I can’t help but feel that if God says this three times, there must be more to study here – is it due to their sin???

Num 5 – strikes the fear of God in me once again! Adultery!! But the thing that really stood out is that the husband may just become jealous even if the wife is innocent – it’s not as if he is being told by God that she is being unfaithful, it’s just up to how he may feel…

Num 6:2 says, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When a man or woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to dedicate himself to the LORD,…” How have I missed this? I never knew a woman could take the vow of a Nazirite, or is this referring to a mother who is giving her young son to become a Nazirite? As it goes on to give the description, it does not seem to be speaking to a woman???

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You might be wondering how reading through the Bible in four months is considered SimplyLiving, but it’s not about the struggle or challenge of it.  It’s about what happens when we spend a copious amount of time in the Word of God on a daily basis.  The Word of God searches us and corrects us.  It cleanses us and equips us for a good work that God wants us to do.

Commitment to doing the difficult thing brings about simplicity of life because it makes us right with God if we are willing to obey Him.  It doesn’t take away the hard times, but it equips us to deal with the hard times with a hope and a peace that can only come from knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ.

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I would love to hear how you are doing with your daily time in God’s Word.  Do you need a good challenge?  It’s not too late to join BRT2015.  You can do that by clicking HERE.

If you are looking for a new Bible study for 2015, you should watch this video:  Relational Bible Study with Keith Ferrin.

You can register here:  www.relationalbiblestudy.com.  If you are interested in this study, you MUST register by Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

“Urim & Thummim”

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threehearts2As you probably know by now, I have been reading through the Bible chronologically with BRT2015 and Keith Ferrin.  As I read Exodus 31, I had to stop and pray!  O how I long to be:

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“…filled with the Spirit of God in wisdom,

in understanding,

in knowledge,

and in all kinds of craftsmanship

to make artistic designs…”

Exodus 31: 3-4

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As I read through Exodus 27 and 28 I couldn’t help myself, I just had to paint what was in my head.  I call it “Urim & Thummim”.

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I know the colors are not specific to the verses.  Maybe I will paint another one with the colors mentioned.

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I love to read the Scriptures and search for the beautiful “treasure” verses that pop out and give me a vision in my mind.  Those ones that describe just what I’m feeling and describe just what God is pleased with.  As we surrender our lives to Christ Jesus, He gives us special work to do and He equips us with the means to do them.

I would love to hear what your special work is.  How has God gifted you to encourage and bless the Body of Christ?

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

“The Dwelling of Light”

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Joining BRT2015 with Keith Ferrin and so many other wonderful sisters and brothers in Christ has been the best start to any New Year I have ever had!

Reading through the Word of God in four months not only sounds impossible, but crazy – I know.  But something has happened that I truly did not expect.  I have been so inspired by the Word of God, but also by all the comments, thoughts, meditations and questions given by God’s people from all over on the Facebook page of BRT2015.

True fellowship has blossomed in just a few short days and the common bond of Love for Jesus Christ and His Word has taken root and will certainly have an impact on so many lives for generations to come!  We will not forget this time we have spent together, and the impact it will have on all of our lives will be an amazing transformation.  A witness that is going out to all the world via social media.

As I finished up the Book of Genesis tonight, I was pondering the Book of Job which I read just a couple days ago according to the chronological reading schedule I am on, and a picture began to flow from my paintbrush and some watercolor paints.  I would love for you to see it.  The verse is Job 38:19 and I have titled the painting

“The Dwelling of Light”.

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“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And darkness, where is its place,

That you may take it to its territory

And that you may discern the paths to its home?”

Job 38:19-20

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It is not too late to join the group at BRT2015.  You can get details HERE if you are interested.

Blessings,

Constance

 

The Ostrich

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threehearts2The ostriches’ wings flap joyously

With the pinion and plumage of love,

For she abandons her eggs to the earth

And warms them in the dust,

And she forgets that a foot may crush them,

Or that a wild beast may trample them.

She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers;

Though her labor be in vain, she in unconcerned;

Because God has made her forget wisdom,

And has not given her a share of understanding.

When she lifts herself on high,

She laughs at the horse and his rider.”

Job 39:13-18

I am really enjoying reading through the Bible chronologically!  I have seen things already that I have not seen in all my times of reading through Genesis and Job, and I certainly would not have thought of reading the two together as we have during this Bible Read Thru 2015.  By the way, it’s not too late to join BRT2015 with Keith Ferrin – check it out HERE.

As I came to the end of Job yesterday, the above verses popped out.  I have never witnessed an ostrich at work with her young, but it sounds like she does not make a good mom!  I have always had bunnies around for our kids to have as pets and even the bunny moms we have had over the years have been better caregivers for their young than the ostrich described in Job.  Why is the ostrich this way?  The verses above say, “Because God has made her forget wisdom, and has not given her a share of understanding.”

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I’m so glad God has given us a better example of a mother than the ostrich.  I’m so thankful for the wisdom that is ours as we pray and ask God for His perfect guidance in raising our four wonderful kids!

As I read through the first few chapters of Genesis, I was reminded once again of what a wonderful, faithful, and loving Father we have – even in the face of war!  He is not afraid to protect His own.

As I wrote in my Bible study, “December Love” (which you can find for free just for you in the right side bar ——->), “The Creator of the universe did not hesitate when an attack was made on His children – He did not just walk away defeated and let us go to our destruction with the enemy of our souls!  No!  He declared war against our archenemy immediately and then made a promise for us to hold on to while the battle raged!  I wonder, do we think of this Righteous example that God has given us in regards to our own family?  Do we declare war when the enemy makes a move within our family structure, within the lives of our children, or upon our spouse?  Do we drop to our knees on their behalf, or do we crumble in defeat?  Do we cling to the promises of God and cast a vision of Hope when those we love most are struggling around us?”

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Here’s to all the parents out there!  Don’t grow weary of doing good and seeking God for the wisdom you need and the wisdom He freely gives!  Remember God’s example and press on!  Our children desperately need and deserve our prayers and love!

Thank you so much for stopping by SimplyLiving101 today!  I’m so glad you are here.  I hope you pull up a chair with a cup of coffee or tea and join me as I search the Scriptures and serve them to you in small bites that we can digest and live on through our day.  God’s Word is truly amazing!  Leave a comment and give me your thoughts.

Happy SimplyLiving in 2015!

Constance

Live In Hope, 2015

Banner3333333threehearts2Happy New Year to all who stop by SimplyLiving101!  May you live in HOPE in the New Year of 2015!

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“…I saw the LORD always in my presence;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted;
Moreover my flesh also

will

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Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.”
Acts 2:25-28

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Thank you for stopping by, I pray you will return to visit many times during 2015.  I would love to hear from you as you browse through my blog.  Please let me know you were here.

I recently wrote a new Bible study called “December Love” which I wrote with you in mind and although December has come and gone, this Bible study is good for any day of the year.  You can download it for free just for you in the right side bar —–>

I will begin my Bible Read Thru 2015 with Keith Ferrin in 15 minutes on January 1, 2015.  If you are interested in doing the same, just sign in at BRT2015 and join me and many others in reading through the Bible Chronologically for the next four months! This is going to be a great way to start the New Year of 2015 and I highly recommend that you do it!

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Blessings for a Very Happy New Year!

Constance

Blessed Are You!

Banner3333333threehearts2As we near the end of 2014, I want to share a blessing for you from the Scriptures. Listen closely to the tender heart of our Loving God through the voice of His Son Jesus Christ.  What Love the Father bestows on you!

Blinkin Squiggle“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great;
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew 5:3-12

I pray that you are truly blessed no matter your situation as we end the year of 2014. This world can be so hard, but as we purpose to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, on His Kingdom and on His righteousness, we will find in Him all we truly need, including a peace that surpasses all understanding and a rest that we can find nowhere in this world.

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If you are wanting to read through the Bible chronologically with me – please check out Keith Ferrin’s Bible Read Thru 2015. If you click on this link, you can sign up to join over 100 other people who will be doing the same. I’m very excited to read through the Bible chronologically because it helps me to keep the whole of God’s Word before me as I write my Bible studies. Also, I truly believe that we all need a copious amount of God’s Word on a daily basis for a SimplyLiving life 🙂

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I love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below and ask any questions you may have about my thoughts above.

Blessings for a Happy New Year!

Constance

“Life On The Highest Plane”

Banner3333333threehearts2I am starting the New Year of 2015 reading the best book ever written and I was thinking that you might like to read it along with me (and several other people)…  The book, of course, is the Bible 🙂  If you are interested in joining many, many people in the reading of God’s Word, check out Keith Ferrin’s Bible Read Thru 2015, sign up and join me in starting out the New Year right by reading a copious amount of God’s Word on a daily basis!

The other thought I had was that you may like to read a book that I personally love to read with others.  The book is called “Life On The Highest Plane” by Ruth Paxson and it was written in the 1920’s.  This is how we do it:

This book re-through is no longer available at this time. 🙂

 

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Thank you again for stopping by SimplyLiving101!  I love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below to just say “Hi” or to ask any questions you may have about my thoughts above.

Happy SimplyLiving in the New Year of 2015!

Constance