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Truly there's a comfort to feeling Jesus is there with you no matter where you are.Reading through Acts,I feel like God keeps telling me that on the straight and narrow there won't always be showers of blessings....there'll be persecution,grief,battles.....May we keep going on the straight and narrow in spite of all distractions.
God bless you all

Geneologies – GOD’S FAITHFULNESS SEEN IN “HUMAN SKIN”.

We are “living epistles (letters)” and “living stones”. What kind of message are we giving to those around us?

We can always draw encouragement from those who have gone before. To me, the Scriptures are like God’s love letter, and God’s personal diary of “faithfulness in human skin” for us to always read.

2 Corinthians 3 (NKJV)
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You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3
clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

Hebrews 12 (NKJV)
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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
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looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Psalm 3 (NKJV)
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I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
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Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
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Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah

(NIV)
8
From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah

I like Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

“See what God is to his people, what he will be, what they have found him, what David found in him.
1. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of that protection.
2. Honour; those whom God owns for his, have true honour put upon them.
3. Joy and deliverance.

If, in the worst of times, God's people can lift up their heads with joy, knowing that all shall work for good to them, they will own God as giving them both cause and hearts to rejoice. (Ps 3:4-8)”

Note the relationship between Psalm 3:8 in NKJV and also in NIV.
a. God’s blessing in chapter 3 (safety, honor, joy, deliverance) is upon God’s people.
b. God’s people must receive God’s blessings.

FAITH GRABS GOD’S PROMISES LIKE A FEROCIOUS DOG, and will not let go. When Jesus was on earth, He spoke of the need to believe and receive, as does the rest of God’s Word.

Mark 11:24 (NKJV)
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Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Philippians 3 (NKJV)
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Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
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Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
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I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

God bless you.

Vance

I agree with Mike about the genealogies that it shows that God forgets no one. It also struck me this morning as reassurance of the reliability of God's word. So many names in the genealogy that are recorded nowhere else, and yet they are part of the history of people that make up God's story. They were real people in real families with real children and real struggles. God's word is real.

amen Micah girl, GODs Word is real... And it sharpens us.... and nourishes us... and makes us better servants as we apply its truths and incorporate it into our lives...

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:5-6 KJV)


Mercy-unmerited favor: from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, price paid, wages, from merc-, merx merchandise
1 a : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power;

As I read through the names, names easy to pronounce and those that are just---hard names, the subject of God’s mercy crosses my mind. It’s like getting a salary of $10,000 for the day and you were lazy and did nothing and the one giving you your payment, knows it. Every breath we take, every day we are alive mercy is poured out upon us. Even the wicked is shown mercy by God. They are given time to repent and make a 180 degree turn from their sins. I have been shown mercy over and over again and I am humbled, in awe, in praise and in a state of disbelief that the goodness of God overlooks my sin and sees me through the filter of His Son, Jesus. MERCY!

For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 AMP)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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