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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

DALET ד

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

50 days

 

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!

 

The Animals Will Teach You

Praying mantis
Praying Mantis

By Fr. Stephen Young

There on the low hanging branch of the maple tree, hidden, but not hidden, stood the mantis. Brilliant green and statuesque, it appeared to be caught in deep prayer as it faced into the early morning sun; a mysterious and intriguing expression of God’s beauty.

Then, almost out of nowhere, another praying mantis materialized on the same branch and in a moment they began an ancient courtship ritual.  To be privy to this intimate act of creation was both humbling and even embarrassing.  Like Mary being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, the female was overshadowed by the male, the egg within being brought to life by the acceptance of the seed.  Like the Word becoming flesh in Mary, a miracle!!  New Life!  New Birth!

Completed, the gift given, the womb was made alive.  And then came the shock.  A scene too hard to witness, visual words too hard to listen to!!  She who had received the gift proceeded to consume the gift giver; an act of supreme sacrifice, providing the food needed to ensure that the life begun would be the life fulfilled.  Eucharist!!

“………Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of His blood, you have no life in you.”  John 6:53

“But now ask the animals, and they will teach you;…”   Job 12:7

I Can Only Imagine, Counting the Stars

StarsintheskyArticle by Fr. Leo

Photo by Magellanic Cloud Wikipedia

We recently read in the Bible about God asking Abraham to look up in the night sky and count the stars.  Genesis 15:5-6 – “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”  Realizing that Abraham was being asked to use his imagination to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of counting stars, reveals a profound example of what it would look like when Abraham sees the fulfillment of this promise.  God uses the number of seemingly infinite stars to fuel Abraham’s imagination concerning the promises.  We read that it is anything but possible when you are looking through the lens of the facts.  In Genesis 15:7 – “And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.”  What is so significant about this event that was going to occur through Abraham, was by this time he was up there in years and Sarah his wife, was no spring chicken herself, as well as she was barren, unable to have children.

For Abraham, not having a son meant that his heritage would not go on.  Not having a son was paramount to him revealing a lifetime of unfulfilled desires that were continuously nagging at his heart and staring him in the face were the facts that told him this was IMPOSSIBLE.  Even if it was just for a moment in time, something amazing takes place, a miracle of the heart.  Genesis 15:6 – “And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

There is an incredible lesson to be learned here, teaching us about how God works in our lives.  We must ask ourselves what was so pleasing to God.   It was this very act of believing before it even happened.  And what does God do?  He accounts it to Abraham as fulfilling the law of righteousness, in turn, making him the father of faith.  Abraham is an example to all those who are in Christ.  We read in the Epistle to the Romans 4:17 – “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  A simple law was fulfilled as God was teaching Abraham to use his imagination and not to believe the facts nor depend on excuses like we all do in the face of impossible odds.  Instead, Abraham teaches us to trust God, knowing that His ways are not our ways; with Christ as our foundation and living by faith in Jesus.  We see evident in 2 Corinthians 4:18 – “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  Abraham was learning to do what God is asking each of us to do, which is to exercise our faith with this incredible gift called our imagination that each one of has available to use.  It says in Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that have received them, and ye shall have them.”  Remembering God is fully able to fulfill his promises to us, Jesus reminds us when he says in Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

As we learn to live by faith, Jesus promises us we will never be disappointed, that it is the father’s pleasure to give you and I the kingdom and that His kingdom is built on the foundation of faith.  It is our small measure of faith in action that relies on HIS grace, through the renewing of our minds.  Titus 3:57– “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Hebrews Chapter 4

 

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS Chapter 4

What is the rest of God?

How do we enter God’s rest?

What does fidelity have to do with entering God’s rest?

What work is involved, to enter God’s rest?

What is the throne of grace, and do I have Access today?

THIS WEEK:
We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

 

WAKE UP To a Sense of KNOWING.

2017-02-25 07.23.27By Fr. Leo

Trusting God is something we talk about casually in our lives, but when it comes down to it, we must ask ourselves, do we really trust Him or are we just saying we trust Him because we think we should?  If we are really going to learn to trust God, we need to realize that it’s not a logical thing to trust in a God that we cannot see, feel or touch with our natural senses.  Therefore, if we are going learn to trust God, our formless, shapeless inner conscious being, the part of us that experiences God must

Trusting God is something we talk about casually in our lives, but when it comes down to it, we must ask ourselves, do we really trust Him or are we just saying we trust Him because we think we should?  If we are really going to learn to trust God, we need to realize that it’s not a logical thing to trust in a God that we cannot see, feel or touch with our natural senses.  Therefore, if we are going learn to trust God, our formless, shapeless inner conscious being, the part of us that experiences God must WAKE UP to a sense of KNOWING God and trusting Him, which sense comes from our knowing Him personally and being in a personal relationship with Him.

No matter what we see, no matter what we hear and no matter what goes on around us, we come to the realization that this world we live in, with all its pleasures and troubles, does nothing to build our trust in God, but only OVERWHELMS us with facts.  These facts are designed to get us to trust everything but God.  So how do we come to the place in our lives where we can experience this trusting relationship with God, confident in the knowledge that He is our provider, our healer, our deliverer and our savior?

Worldly trust comes from believing the facts.  These facts leave us with a false sense of security.  In turn, our confidence is based on a world of deception and lies; not a very secure place to live.  We read in Psalm 4:2, “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?  How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Strong’s H3577 Selah.”  The word leasing means deceitful and false, which is indicative of the world we live in.  When we base our trust on worldly facts and not on God, we turn God’s glory into shame.

The Lord has provided so much more for us.  What he desires to give each of us is incredible.  We read in Luke 12:31-32, “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  We have to ask what is this kingdom He speaks about.  The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

So how do we learn to walk and live from the examples given of this heavenly kingdom?

We read in Psalm 4:3-4, “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah.”  Remember it’s an experience of knowing Strong’s H3045 that can only be had by learning to connect with God emotionally by communing Strong’s H559 with Him with your own heart.  By learning to use your creative inner talk or speech, you must ask yourself whether your inner speech is reflective of that which is godly, Strong’s H2623 being faithful and kind in one’s own heart.In Psalm 4:5, we come to the word trust.  It is nothing short of amazing.  In Hebrew, trust is batach” Strong’s H982 which means not in a logical sense.  It is a feeling of trust that is based on an inner experience.  This inner trust gives us a sense of knowing, a confidence coupled with great optimism, that wells up from a deep place in our soul, even when the facts tell us otherwise. The Lord gives us the ability to draw from this fountain of grace when we learn to live in the world, but not be of the world, for the world is filled with deceitful, false lies.  You can see why when the disciples were questioning Jesus on the facts, He reminds them of the Kingdom of God.  We read in Mark 9:23, “Jesus said unto him if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  That belief is not in the facts of the world, but in the heavenly facts, which belief creates in us a knowing based on our confidence we receive from our faith in God. In light of this word, it is important to ask ourselves, are we trusting the experience from above, knowing that it is the only way to know God is by personal experience, or are we trusting in the facts of life?

Israel God’s Prophetic Timeline Part 3


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Romans 11:17 – And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Who is Spiritual Israel?
What does it mean to be grafted in?
What Happened to the 12 tribes?
What role do the twelve tribes play in the end times?
How does Israel affect my life, when it’s on the other side of the world?

The Third teaching in a Series with Fr Paul:

He will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!