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Count Down to Pentecost #5

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Fr Paul Stewart

HEY ה

 

Psalms 119: 33–40

 

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, And not to covetousness.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.

38 Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, for your judgments are good.

40 Behold, I long for your precepts; revive me in your righteousness.

We feel the desire in this Psalm to be taught by the Lord. When our late Bishop was a young man in the Lord, he marveled with those who could recite one scripture after another. He longed to be able to do the same- there was a time when a man came who could rattle off one verse after another. The young bishop asked the man if he could teach him how to do it. That very night the Lord spoke to him in that quiet still place within him. “Do you want that man to teach you or do you want me?” From that day until he went to the Lord, the Holy Spirit was his instructor.

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.” It is so easy to become dependent on others for our instructions when the Holy Spirit greatest desire is to lead you, Jesus. We can call out to him when we are dry and weary, Revive us, Lord! Not because I’m righteous in myself, but because you are. “Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you.”

Like David and the men and women who have found this secret, turn to the Lord, and He will give you the ability, the Holy Spirit, to lift you up under His wings.

Count Down to Pentecost #4

dsc04444.jpgBy Fr Paul Stewart

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Psalms 119: 25-32

25 My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.

“Revive me according to your word,” each morning as we awake we seek the Lord in some way.  Most of us read the Word and are quiet before Him.  He strengthens us, and refreshing takes place each new day.

King David knew the place where the weary soul finds its rest and the broken heart finds healing.  He knew the loving care of a Shepherd and the restlessness of the sheep.  “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul” (Psalms 23)

David knew the pasture to run in, the direction that would lead him to peace.  A man after the heart of God, he knew the impartation of the Lord.  Jesus gave us this impartation of the Holy Spirit, His direction for us.  This Holy Spirit clearly points us to our purpose and gives us the ability to carry it out.

He stops us from pursuing the ways that seem right, the lying voices around us and turns us on to the laws of life.

I can say like David, “I have chosen the way of truth,” and because of it I will not be denied.  My heart transformed, enlarged, because of your testimonies I am encouraged to run the course.

Thank you, Holy Spirit for your charge over my life!

 

 

Count Down to Pentecost #3

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By Fr Paul Stewart

GIMMEL ג

Psalms 119: 17-24 

17 Deal bountifully with your servant; then I will live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your word.
19 Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth, don’t hide your commandments from me.
20 I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings.
21 You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your instruction.
23 Even when Princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws.
24 Also, your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.

David continues his praise for God and his word; he cries out in song,  “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word.”

He was one of the wealthiest kings in the history of Israel, yet he asked the Lord to “deal bountifully” with him.  There wasn’t much that David did not have at his disposal and yet he was crying out to the Lord for a greater bounty.  What was this? “That I might live and keep your word,” he pleaded with his God.  David found abundance layered within the precepts and instructions of the Word of God.  He saw each day an opportunity to know, and to follow the Him, more passionately.

The lands, the riches, and power he could obtain being king could not satisfy him. But the mysteries and the wonders of God brought tears to his eyes.  David knew from his own experiences it took an impartation from God’s Spirit to perceive the hidden things.  Moving towards Pentecost, we are saying these same things.  “Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your word.”  I want this intimacy with you, Jesus, come Holy Spirit, help me

Count Down to Pentecost #2

Holy Spirit

By Father Paul Stewart

BEIT ב

Psalms 119: 9-16

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot.
11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, ADONAI! Teach me your laws.
13 I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken.
14 I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth.
15 I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways.
16 I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.

David’s life was changed when the Lord called him.  Our lives have been changed because the Lord has called us too.  Now like David we see this favor of God in our lives and with it unbelievable struggles.  How do I live now?  King David asked the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?”

We live in a nation that has risen from rags to riches. No other country has experienced the favor we have here.  A missionary from Africa standing at the entrance of one of our mega food stores said, “What is this!”  He could hardly believe his eyes.  With all the abundance we are like kings in a palace, the potential we have to do well, to help.  However the temptations are all around us, worldly desires, weaknesses, and craving of the flesh, power, prominence and position, luring us away from God.

When these temptations and troubles arose in King David’s life, he knew the only safe haven was the Word of God.  The Lord said He would write this Word on our hearts and mind. He would give us His desires- How?  By the Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit we need you!  Take us into the safe harbor of your Word.

The Count to Pentecost #1

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Fr Paul Stewart

ALEPH א

Psalms 119: 1-8

 

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”

(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)

The Counting of the Omer- a fifty day period of time from the feast of first fruits until Pentecost.  Seven complete weeks plus one – 50 days.  Fallowing the inspiration of the dove given to us at Passover, let us journey together with expectation for the feast of Pentecost!

Moving now from our great celebration of the Resurrection we can continue with Psalm 119, stirring the condition of our hearts toward Jesus.  It is one of the most powerful Psalms in which King David praises the wonders of God.  Led by the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be taken over by the Testimonies, precepts, Commandments, and Statutes of the Living God. 

Listen to the still, small voice within you, be carried away like David in the simple ways of worship within you.  Your voice like David’s will please the heart of God; it will cause you to want more intimacy with Jesus.  A heart submitted, willing for the breath of God.

Psalms 119: 1-8

  1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!
  2. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
  3. They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
  4. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
  5. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!
  6. Then I would not be ashamed When I look into all Your commandments.
  7. I will praise You with uprightness of heart When I learn Your righteous judgments.
  8. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

 

Passover Season

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By Fr Paul Stewart

Setting aside a time to be in His presences.  The seven Feasts, God-given prophetic outline of His completed work of redemption from sin through Jesus.  The picture of the Holy Spirit.

Four spring feasts- in Jerusalem fulfilled the first time.  Feast days are feasting on the Lord.  When you have an appointment with God, he meets you at these places.  Three remaining feasts will be fulfilled at his second coming.

Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast first fruits, the feast of Pentecost.

Passover is the first chronologically and the first in the matter of importance, the foundation of all the others.  It is the beginning.

Nations celebrate the day it’s born.  The Feast of Passover marks the beginning of the nation of Israel.  Romans 11  we are grafted into the tree, the root of Israel.

On this day Israel is made a free and Holy Nation of priests unto him.  To us today the Egypt that we walk is the walk that we walk outside of the Lord, outside of the separation unto Him.  The Lord has his hooks in the Nations and is going to cause us to come out and be blessed by God.  We have been in Israel, we have seen the unbelief there, but God has not taken away this eternal calling of the physical nation of Israel.  Romans 11:28-29

The secret to our future is found in our daily routine.  Lord gives us the 613 moments with God, the commands of God.  They are the first five books of the Bible.  85% of the New Testament deals with these.  It is these moments that generate momentum in your life.  These are the Godly habits of God.  You do not decide your future your habits do.  One of them is called the feast of Passover.  God creates a moment, which generates a habit, which produces your future helping each of us to operate in a new season in your life.  The Lord uses this same pattern in the life of a born again believer and their family; this is how they came out of my Egypt.  In Israel, the celebration takes the form of a special meal called the Passover Seder.  For the Christian, it’s the commemoration of the mass.

Everything is transferred through the blood.  7 Covenants, Edam, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic.  Abraham cuts the animals in half, represent people, Abraham in a temporary sleep.  The two pieces of animal made a covenant by blood.

Today to demonstrate the New Covenant Jesus uses a meal.  The cup, blood of Jesus, and the bread, the bread of life, separated by the Word of God.  The Seder was to remind the Jewish Nation; the Mass is to remind us. “Do this in remembrance of me.”  The Seder is the oldest, on-going religious rite in the world- nearly 3,500 years old!  Moses received it about 3500 years ago at Mount Sinai.  (Instructed, Exodus 12:8 ) 3 things: lamb or shank bone, matzah bread, unleavened bread, bitter herbs.  The order of this meal goes 700 years before Jesus, and he celebrated it. The order of the meal still the same.

The eternal principals of God’s salvation are eternal principles, illustrated and explained in the Passover Meal.  These same principles are also relieved in the seven biblical feasts, also in the 7 thousand millennial years, the seven days of creation as well as the completion of your life, Jesus uses this meal to reveal the New Covenant Luke 22:19.

Blessed as we Celebrate this Feast in remembrance of the freedom that Jesus paid for each of us, bringing us out of the world and into our Promised Land.