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Daniel 8:1-27

Big horns, little horn, horns that fall off or are taken off, there are horns that grow fast and there are horns that uproot big horns. I don’t know which country or world power they represent and I’m not sure if I did know how that would help me deal with the “nuts” on my job and in my neighborhood. I’m an application kind of girl. I want to know how what I’m reading can be applied to my life, bottom line.

What I do know about horns when they are spoken of in the Bible is this: figuratively it represents power (1 Sam 2:10; 2 Sam 22:3; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 89:17). So, I’m see this in the 8th chapter, “Man’s power rises and falls. Even when one “horn” is strong and has trampled on all the others, that horn can be overthrown even by an upstart little horn. Man’s power comes and goes it will not stand forever no matter what it may look like and appear to us. God may even allow man’s power to prevail for a season but God’s Horn can never be destroyed. As I survey the world and its turmoil I know this, what is seen is temporary.


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1 John 2:1-17

The verses containing Johns intent for writing this letter really struck me,

I am writing to you, little children, that your sins have been forgiven because of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, that you have conquered the evil one. I have written to you, children, that you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, that you have known him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, that you are strong, and the word of God resides in you, and you have conquered the evil one. (1 John 2:12-14 NET.)

He writes to three groups of people, children, young people and the mature. Each of these groups or at different levels of understanding and acting on what they understand. Revelation and understanding of scripture is progressive and depends on our maturity. Math is math but what is taught in first grade is not the same as what is taught at the graduate level yet one and one is still two in both classes. This speaks to me of our constant need to read and study scripture. As we mature in our relationship with God our ability to handle revelation and our understanding deepens.

If we cease our systematic study of scripture because we have read it already, we will find ourselves uneducated and stunted in our growth. The Word of God is multilayered, multifaceted and should be studied from every perspective and aspect of our lives.

Regarding Mike’s comments on today’s Proverbs, well kind of using a circuitous route.

Some verses come to my mind that confirms and compliments Mike’s thoughts:

Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
(Psalms 119:11 AMP)

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
(Romans 12:2 AMP)


But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. (John 14:26 AMP)


There are more verse but these are the ones that jump out at me and the one’s I’ve thought about a lot when I think about taking a rest from reading daily God’s Word.

If I haven’t read or studied God’s Word then how can the Holy Spirit bring anything to my remembrance when I haven’t first encountered the Word and the thoughts that come upon reading the Word.

I think that some folks real question or concern is addressed to us who identify with Christ, yet don’t know what Christ said. I think I’ve used this before but for those who haven’t read my words, God and His Word are One as stated in the first chapter of the Book of John and the first verse,

IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. [Isa. 9:6.] (John 1:1 AMP)

The statement I am going to make is not to put anyone in a bind but to ask people to question and examine their words and actions.

If we say that we love God, yet don’t know His Word and Words, then do we really love God since He and His Word are One? Could we just be infatuated with Him and only loving Him from afar instead of developing a close intimate relationship with Him? Are we stalking God and His Christ and trying to force our type of love on Him instead of making ourselves pliable and malleable to His way of thinking, doing and being?

Grace and peace,
Ramona

In I John 1:5 says “God is light; in him there is no darkness.” I John 2: 10 “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.” If we love our brothers and sisters in Christ, it’s a confirmation that we are in God. If we hated our brothers and sisters in Christ, we are in moral blindness. We cannot see God.

"We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands."
I pray that this verse will be my goal in life: simple yet hard to do, less of 'I' and more about Jesus.

Our sins can only be forgiven through Jesus. We need to live like him to live in God.

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. ‘‘Tis verse pretty much summed up the passage. What in this world that demand more of my attention? It’s good to self check especially when I am in distress.

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