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Countdown to Pentecost #9

LEARNING GODS WORD THROUGH THE PSALMS

Fr Paul Stewart

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Psalm 119:65-72 

  1. You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your Word.
  2. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe your commandments.
  3. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word;
  4. You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes.
  5. The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep your precepts with my whole heart.
  6. Their heart is as fat as grease, but I delight in your law.
  7. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.
  8. Then thousands of shekels of gold and silver.

David learned in the progression of his life suitable instructions from the Torah.  As a young boy he learned to shepherd the flocks, and then when called on he learned to become a warrior, but then when he was anointed he learned to rule as a King.  However, nothing advanced him greater than in the stillness of the night- this is when he poured his heart out in song; his joys and sorrows, his praise and disappoints, to his Lord.

Over and over he cried out, “You are good, and do good.  Teach me your statutes”.  Every time he strayed the Lord would not let him stay away long.  The afflictions came, but the word pulled him back to God.  Our hearts get overwhelmed too, with the boring mundane things.   But under the careful eye of the Holy Spirit, we can only drift so far before He acts.  Gently, persuasively, tugging us back to Jesus. The demonstration of Holy Spirit is greater than thousands of dollars of silver and gold.

As a young boy, David learned to be a shepherd. As an unsteady youth, he learned to become a warrior. As God’s anointed, he learned to rule as King. But in the stillness of the night, King David learned to worship His God, and to pour out his heart in song; his joys and sorrows, his praise and his disappointments, his own lack of judgment and the understanding he found in God and the Torah.

“You are good, and do good”, King David proclaims. God is good! His very character is good, and what He gives to His children is good. We live in a culture that is increasingly cynical and negative. People all around you are looking for encouragement, a steadfast spirit, and an unwavering hope. They are searching for answers and wondering if anyone or anything is truly good?

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Count Down to Pentecost #7

GODS WORD THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS

By Fr. Paul Stewart

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Psalm 119: 49-56

  1. Remember the word to Your Servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
  2. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
  3. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
  4. I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself.
  5. Indignation has taken hold of me. Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
  6. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
  7. I remember Your name in the night O Lord, And I keep your law.
  8. This has become mine Because I kept Your precepts.

David had come to a place where the word became his greatest comfort!  He faced many accusations against him, and through these trials, he turned not from the law of God.  It seems we are always in some kind of conflict and we are ready with a sword to combat them.  Often our zealousness causes us to react in ways that outside of Gods word.  Peter pulled out his sword and cut the soldiers ear off, but Jesus quickly spoke, this is not my way.   During the night we ponder the day, wishing like Peter that our choices were different.

David had hope, the word taught him the judgments of God.  He comforted himself in knowing His Lord’s mercy. Peter after the denial was haunted- but Jesus came through after the Resurrection; “tell Peter too.”

The Holy Spirit reminds us that every promise of the Father, the things He spoke to us and said we would do, are restored through Jesus.  This is the house of our pilgrimage, the call to us; walk, and be lifted up by the Spirit of God.

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Count Down to Pentecost #6

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Fr Paul Stewart

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Psalms 119:41–48

41 Let your mercies come also to me, O LORD-your salvation according to your word.

42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in your ordinances.

44 So shall I keep your law continually, Forever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty, for I seek your precepts.

46 I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47 And I will delight myself in your commandments, Which I Love.

48 My hands also I will lift up to your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

“Let your mercies also come to me, O LORD-“How we need the mercies of the Lord each day in our lives. We are faced with so many decisions each day, and each answer will affect those around us. David sat in a judgment seat, he was the king- whenever he spoke, blessings or hardship came to those seeking his counsel. The last thing any of us wants to do is to bring harm to someone by our counsel.

These scriptures grip our hearts and exhort us to be filled with mercy and compassion for those who cross our paths; especially those needing encouragement and love. Many people come to us who are seeking a better life and do not know how to find it. We have become the distributors of the way, the truth, and the life. We are not to keep it for ourselves, but to give it away. The Holy Spirit fills you so that you become a storehouse of His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, so when a needy soul comes; you have provision. Built up in you, the hungry will find truth in good measure, poured out with the love, mercy, and compassion of the

One who gives. 1 Peter 3:15 “…be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you, a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

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.

Hebrews Chapter 1 Intro

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
INTRODUCTION

How did God speak to us through His Son Jesus? 

How did God make the Worlds Through his son?

How can we relate to God if Jesus is the Image of God?

How powerful is the Word of God in our life?

How and why did Jesus purge our sins?

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!

Hebrews Chapter 3

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
Chapter 3

Why is it so important to understand Jesus’ Priesthood?
How are Jesus and Moses compared?
What lessons can we learn from Israel in the wilderness?
What is required to be partakers with Christ?
How does the Bible Define “confidence”?
How does unbelief effect entering into God’s Rest?
This study 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!

Hebrews Chapter 5 The Importance of understanding the Eternal Priesthood

THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS Chapter 5

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Why it’s so importance to understand the Eternal Priesthood of Melchizedek, what it means to each of as a born again spirit filled Christian!

Why is it important to have a High Priest?
Who Choose Jesus to be a High Priest?
What Duties are performed by a High Priest?
What food is necessary for teaching?
Why are these questions so important to a believer?

As we drill it down
dibrah Strong’s H1700 meaning “Cause.”
dabar Strong’s H1697 noun Meaning “speech, word, speaking”
dabar Strong’s H1696 The Verb is the root word “to speak, declare, converse, command, “promise.”

The Word Order at its root means Speech

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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Israel Gods Prophetic Timeline Part Three

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!

The World full of Distractions

 

noahs-ark-fr-nathanileNoah teaching February 19, 2014This evening we are going to read

Genesis 8:15-22

We are all familiar with the story of Noah, how God used him to deliver a remnant thru the destruction of the flood, brought on by the evil found in the hearts of men. Tonight I want to look at it from the perspective of how it relates to us as brides who have made promises to live vows of spiritual poverty, chastity, and obedience.

We live in a world full of distractions. It is a fast-paced and often chaotic place. Yet, as those who have said to the Lord that we want to separate ourselves from that world and enter into a closer place with Him. The story of Noah has special meaning to us as we live in these times when we realize that we are living in perilous times when signs point toward His return soon, and the world is overwhelmed with violence as it was in the days of Noah. Also, we realize the hour is late for the world as watch right become wrong and wrong become right in the eyes of the world.

First, we see the obedience of Noah as he heard the word of God and acted upon it. We see the poverty in the life of a man who, in acting upon the word of God certainly brought ridicule and hurt to himself and his family, building a boat for a flood when no one understood the concept of the flood. Chastity is evident in the life of Noah as he had lived a life before God in the midst of the sin he was surrounded by.

Tonight we have prepared ourselves to receive from, and minister to, Christ through a period of silence. As I said earlier, we live in a loud, distracting world and so, in order to hear His voice, we must learn to quiet ourselves and shut out the noise around us. Then, having quieted ourselves to hear we too, like Noah, must be willing to obey and act upon what he is calling us to do.

Then what did He do with Noah? He brought him into the ark, the place of safety. He was separated from the world. Are we willing to be separate from the world as God is asking us to. After he had built the ark, Noah had to get into it along with his family and the animals that God sent, he was shut into the ark. Do you think that Ark was a pleasant place? It had to smell. It had to be crowded. But God was working a miracle every moment in that Ark. There is no way they could have air to breathe or food to eat for all those animals plus the people without it. There is no way they could have all been in there and had peace.  When we follow God and allow Him to separate us from the world, He performs miracles in our lives moment by moment.

Then, after more than a year in the ark, and knowing that the land was exposed, he still waited for God’s word to open the door of the ark and come out. He was patient and obedient lest he comes out and sinks in the mud. How often do we find ourselves stuck in the mud in our lives when we are not seeking his direction for the moves in our lives?

Finally, after they finally emerged what did he do? He built an altar, he set up a place to meet God and offered sacrifice to him in. Do we recognize ourselves in Noah tonight or are we caught in the noise of the world, unwilling to enter in and separate ourselves to Him?

Fr. Nathaniel Maynard