Monday, August 21, 2017

Poison

Did you know that you can be poisoned spiritually?  Yes, you can.  By adopting strange doctrines that are not Biblical and there are a lot of them we will touch on at least one today, maybe more.

One of them is that there is the belief that the death of Christ brought in grace to replace the law of God.  The precious blood that Christ shed establishes the law of God, not do away with it.  I didn't really know that some believe this but they do.  I have heard people say that 'I am saved', regardless of what kind of life they live they believe that they will be saved.  Here is a verse to verify this.  His mercy and truth go hand in hand.

Psalm 85:10  "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."

"Jesus, our Substitute, consented to bear for man the penalty of the law transgressed.  He clothed His divinity with humanity and thus became the Son of man, a Savior, and Redeemer.  The very fact of the death of God's dear Son to redeem man shows the immutability of the divine law.  How easily, from the transgressor's standpoint, could God have abolished His law, thus providing a way whereby men could be saved and Christ remain in heaven!  The doctrine which teaches freedom, through grace, to break the law is a fatal delusion.  Every transgressor of God's law is a sinner, and none can be sanctified while living in known sin."  F&W

"The condescension and agony of God's  dear Son were not endured to purchase for man liberty to transgress the Father's law and yet sit down with Christ in His throne.  It was that through His merits and the exercise of repentance and faith the most guilty sinner might receive pardon and obtain strength to live a life of obedience.  The sinner is not saved in his sins, but from his sins."  F&W

"What is sin?  1John 3:4  "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

  "When the commandment came home to Saul's conscience sin revived, and he died.  He saw himself condemned by the law of God.  The sinner cannot be convinced of his guilt unless he understands what constitutes sin.  It is impossible for an individual  to experience Bible sanctification while he holds that if he believes in Christ is immaterial whether he obeys God's law or disobeys it." Romans 7:7.  F&W

In Revelation God's word declares that the professed commandment keeper whose life contradicts his faith is blind, wretched, poor, and naked.  Revelation 3:17.

"Many are led to think that they are on the road to heaven because they profess to believe in Christ, while they reject the law of God.  But they will find at last that they were on the way to perdition instead of heaven.  Spiritual poison is sugarcoated with the doctrine of sanctification and administered to the people.  Thousands eagerly swallow it, feeling that if they are only honest in their belief they will be safe.  But sincerity will not convert error to truth.  A man may swallow poison, thinking it is food; but his sincerity will not save him from the effects of the dose."  F&W

God has given us His word as our guide.

John 5:39  "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me."

John 17:17  "Sanctify them through Thy truth:  Thy word is truth."

Acts 26:9 Paul says:  "I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth."

His belief did not make his course right, did it?  When he received the gospel of Jesus Christ, it made him a new creation.  He was transformed.  He was not daunted by opposition or suffering.  Men may make all kinds of excuses for not keeping God's law but no excuse for the rejection of God's law will be accepted in the day of judgment.  We must very soon meet the Great Law Giver over His broken law.  What will we say in that day?  We will miss out on heaven and I don't want to be classed in that position, do you?  I hope not.  

These lessons are to help us in our life's journey, not discourage us.  Please follow me day by day in them and you will see that it is not a hard thing to follow the truth as it is in Jesus Christ.  I want you to be blessed and that is my goal.  Everything will be Biblical and has been so stay with me.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, August 20, 2017

True Sanctification

This subject has always been in my heart and mind but not in my actions.  I want to help those who have been where I have been to understand the phrase, 'True Sanctification'.  It is a very misunderstood subject by many, and I hope that this will help us understand what exactly it means and how we may obtain it.

"Sanctification is obtained only in obedience to the will of God.  Many who are willfully trampling upon the law of Jehovah claim holiness of heart and sanctification of life.  But they have not a saving knowledge of God or of His law.  They are standing in the ranks of the great rebel.  He is at war with the law of God, which is the foundation of the divine government in heaven and the earth.  These men are doing the same work as their master has done in seeking to make of none effect of God's holy law.    No commandment-breaker can be permitted to enter heaven; for he who was once a pure and exalted covering cherub was thrust out for rebelling against the government of God."  F&W

1 John 2:1-7   "My little children these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;  And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

This kind of spells it out pretty plain, doesn't it?  We are prompted not to sin, but if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ who is our intercessor to stand in our place with the Father.
Jesus paid the price for our sins and not ours only but everyone in the world if they would repent of their sins and let Him live out His life in them.  We also learned that when we say we know Him and don't keep His commandments, He says we are liars and the truth is not in us.  We know that we are in Him when we walk as He walked.

When we repent of our sins and surrender our all to Christ, we are considered dead to sin, and Christ is invited to dwell in our hearts and abide there.  If He is abiding in our hearts by faith, and we know by faith that His death on the cross paid for our sins, then we should know how very much that He loves us and if we know that He loves us and is abiding in our hearts we should know that we will not sin because He didn't sin and how much it will hurt Him if we do sin.  I want to learn to love Him as He loves me.  It may not be possible, but He can give me as much love for others that He wants me to have and I'll pray for that.  

By daily abiding with Him and living for Him, we can be sanctified day by day and be truly sanctified  when He comes for us in the clouds of heaven.  That is my goal, is it yours?  Grandma Joan

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Can We Earn Our Salvation?

All my life I have tried to please God by working for Him in one way or another.  That is why I started this blog, that is why I have held all kinds of offices in the church because I believed that I was earning my salvation by the things I was doing 'for Him'.  I have learned in just the last month or so that I cannot earn anything with God.  All the time I didn't know that I was misrepresenting the truth as it is in Jesus.  I am 86 years old now and if any of you are younger than that please listen up, older folks too.  It's never too late to learn.  The older you get the harder it is to comprehend these great truths, it takes much longer.  It is utterly useless to try and earn eternal life.  I have been in a fog of bewilderment and didn't know it.

"We need the divine love of God which is represented by gold tried in the fire; we need the white raiment of Christ's pure character; we need the heavenly eye salve that we might discern with astonishment the utter worthlessness of creature merit to earn the wages of eternal life."  F&W

Listen to this explanation:  "The Lord Jesus imparts all the powers, all the grace, all the penitence, all the inclination, all the pardon of sins, in presenting His righteousness for us to grasp by living faith--which is also the gift of God. .....Standing in the presence of their Creator and looking upon the unsurpassed glory which enshrouds His person, we are looking upon the Lamb of God given from the foundation of the world to a life of humiliation, to be rejected of sinful men, to be despised, to be crucified.  Who can measure the infinity of the sacrifice!"  F&W

Not me, I cannot even begin to imagine what Christ went through for me.  Lord, in my hand no price I bring, simply to Your cross, I cling.

"When we learn that we cannot earn righteousness by our own merit of works, and we look with firm and entire reliance upon Jesus Christ as our only hope, there will not be so much of self and so little of Jesus....We need to see by faith the righteousness of Christ as our only hope for time and for eternity."  F&W

"The soul temple is to be sacred, holy, pure, and undefiled.  There must be a copartnership in which all the power is of God and all the glory belongs to God.  The responsibility rests with us.  We must receive in thoughts and in feelings, to give in expression.  The law of the human and the divine action makes the receiver a laborer together with God.  It brings man where he can, united with divinity, work the works of God.  Humanity touches humanity.  Divine power and the human agency combined will be a complete success, for Christ's righteousness accomplishes everything." F&W

Did you get that?  If we accept Christ's righteousness as our righteousness, we can work the works of God.  But the responsibility lies with us to surrender to Christ and accept His righteousness as our righteousness 'for it is God who is working in you to will and to do of His good pleasure' Philippians 2:13.

"The reason so many fail to be successful laborers is that they act as though God depended on them, and they are to suggest to God what He chooses to do with them, in the place of their depending on God.  They lay aside supernatural power and fail to do the supernatural work."  F&W

Ephesians 2:8  "By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God"
"Here is truth that will unfold the subject to your mind if you do not close it to the rays of light.  Eternal life is an infinite gift. This places it outside the possibility of you earning it because it is infinite.  It must necessarily be a gift.  As a gift, it must be received by faith, and gratitude and praise be offered to God.  Solid faith will not lead anyone  away into fanaticism or into acting the slothful servant.  It is the bewitching power of Satan that leads men to look to themselves in the place of looking to Jesus."  F&W

What I have learned from this lesson is that I can do nothing to earn my salvation.  I must trust in the merits of Christ's sacrifice for me for my salvation.  This is a tough lesson to comprehend, but please read it over and over if you have to.  It is all scriptural as you will see as the lessons go on.  It is not made up.  I am still learning because I want to make sure I have it down pat for my own salvation as well as yours.  You will have to use your reasoning powers and don't let your doubts creep in.  Please study these lessons and get them down in your heart and mind.  It will make you free in Christ and you will happy and joyful that you came across them.  Love to share with you and hope you are being blessed.  Grandma Joan

Friday, August 18, 2017

Belief and Unbelief

"How much do we believe from the heart?  The unbelief which is cherished in the soul has a bewitching power.  The seeds of doubt that they have been sowing will produce their harvest but they must continue to dig up every root of unbelief.  When these poisonous plants are pulled up, they cease to grow for want of nourishment in word and action.  The soul must have the precious plants of faith and love put in the soil of the heart and enthroned there." F&W

"Can we not understand that the most costly thing in this world is sin?  It is at the expense of purity of conscience, at the cost of losing the favor of God and separating the soul from Him, and at last losing heaven.  The sin of grieving the Holy Spirit of God and walking contrary to Him has cost many a one the loss of his soul."  F&W

Can you imagine what it will be like to lose the favor of God and separating our souls from Him and losing out on heaven?  I don't want to imagine it, it will be a sorrow that we cannot explain and filled with horror.  To think that we let this world be first in our life, when right now we can change all of this and look forward to seeing Him and rejoicing.

"By rebellion and apostasy man forfeited the favor of God; not his rights, for he could have no value except as it was invested in God's dear Son.  This point must be understood.  He forfeited those privileges which God in His mercy presented him as a free gift, a treasure in trust to be used to advance His cause and His glory, to benefit the beings He had made.  The moment the workmanship of God refused obedience to the laws of God's kingdom, that moment he became disloyal to the government of God and he made himself entirely unworthy of all the blessings wherewith God had favored him.  This was the position of the human race after man divorced himself from God by transgression.  Then he was no longer entitled to a breath of air, a ray of sunshine, or a particle of food.  And the reason why man was not annihilated was because God so loved him that He made the gift of His dear Son that He should suffer the penalty of man's transgression.  Christ proposed to become man's surety and substitute, that man, through matchless grace, should have another trial--a second probation--having the experience of Adam and Eve as a warning not to transgress God's law as they did." F&W

Think about this verse. "All things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee."  1 Chronicles 29:14.  God gives us everything we have, yes, we work for it but Who gives us the strength to work and sometimes it's taken away in a flash.  We do need to be thankful, and not be afraid to give what is already God's, back to Him in thanksgiving.  He will bless your endeavor.  Let's return to God our lives and be thankful for all His gifts that He gives to us daily and in return give Him glory and honor and gifts to further His work of saving souls for His kingdom.  Grandma Joan



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two classes of Christians

The lessons I am going to present are probably new to most of you but all in the Scriptures and will probably cause you to wonder for a little while but stick with me, you will find all the worries about your beliefs can be over, all your stresses, whether you will be saved will be over but it is  going to take several lessons for you to comprehend it. It has taken me several weeks to get the real meaning to some phrases I've heard most of my life, but it is there so hang in with me and enjoy the freedom you will find in Christ.  I've been studying these lessons out for weeks and I will present them as I feel that I can as I feel secure in my learning.  Please bear with me, you will not be disappointed.  Some thoughts are taken from the little book, 'Faith and Works'.  I have been totally blessed by studying this and pray that you too will be blessed by my sharing some of the thoughts.  I will put them in quotes and put 'F&W after the quote.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Paul the apostle speaking, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? ....And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

When we come to Christ sincerely wanting to follow Him, that is when we are washed, sanctified, and justified in His name and by His Spirit.  Sometimes we have led what we call it, a wicked life and do not feel like we can come to Him and be forgiven but when He washes us in baptism and sanctifies us by His blood on Calvary, and justifies us in His name and by His Spirit we are forgiven.  We have been washed clean from all sin.  Come to Jesus just as you are.  We must trust Him that He does this.

"The first class of Christians perverts the doctrine of justification by faith and neglect to comply with the conditions laid down in the Word of God - "If you love Me, keep My commandments" John 14:15. The second class there is fully as great an error on the part of those who claim to believe and obey the commandments of God but who place themselves in opposition to the precious rays of light--new to them--reflected from the cross of Calvary.  The first class do not see the wondrous things in the law of God for all who are doers of His Word.  The others cavil over trivialities and neglect the weightier matters, mercy and the love of God." F&W

1John 1:12  "Your sins are forgiven for His name's sake".  We must believe Him that He does forgive us even though we know we don't deserve it, He deserves it because He died for you.

John 1:12  "As many as received Him to them gave He the power to become the sons of God."

In this lesson, I want to learn the lesson of coming to God sincerely and surrender my life to Him completely and when we do that we must believe what He says in forgiving us.  We must learn to trust Him completely.  This is so hard to do, but the verse James 4:7 says; 'Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee...' if the devil flees, then God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Then we can freely love God and trust every word that He says to us.  So this lesson is one of trusting in God and believing that we are forgiven when we repent of our past sins.  You are free to trust Him, completely free.  Stay close to Him in the attitude of prayer so you can call on Him for any and all emergencies.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Enduring Hardships and Persevering Until the End

One thing I am pretty sure of and that is, that we have all endured hardships of some kind or another.  But there may come worse hardships before Jesus comes.  We need to be strengthened to be able to endure anything that might come upon us, regardless of what it is.  We also need to be strong in His might to be able to Persevere until the End.  So let's strengthen our mind so we may be able to endure anything that comes our way.  Most of the trials we face will probably be spiritual trials to strengthen our faith, of course there will be physical trials too.  All trials are given to strengthen our faith and prepare us for Christ's soon coming.  Let's dig in.

Matthew 10:22  "And ye shall be hated of all men for My names sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved."  I am sure we have all be hated at one time or another, maybe not but if we stand up for Christ there is a good chance that will happen.  I have been disliked because I stood up for what I believe and especially if I saw someone being hurt by another person.

Hebrews 12:7  "If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father chastens not?  Have you been punished for something even if you didn't do it?  We know we are guilty if God punishes us and usually it is to make us a better person.  I'm not sure if God has punished me or not.  I'm thinking I probably brought it upon myself but of course he allows things to help us be a better person and learn a lesson.

James 1:12  "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." This is  wonderful promise for those of us who endure temptation. It's very important for us to endure so that we can receive that crown of life.

James 5:11  "Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy."  Remember how Job endured and his patience and how the Lord blessed him with twice as much as he had before his trials.  This story always encourages me,  I want to endure like Job, don't you?

1 Peter 2:19  "For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully."  We can be grateful when we endure grief or suffering for Christ's sake knowing that we will be stronger and stronger for enduring.

Job 17:9  "The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

John 15:9  "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." If we continue in His love we will be able to have the strength to endure to the end.

Galatians 6:9  "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."  Let's not get weary and faint along the way because there is a crown of life waiting for us.

Hebrews 12:1  "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us  lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."We do have sins that seem to get hold of us at times, don't we?  Let's lay them aside and be patient and run the Christian race that is set before us.

1 Peter 1:13  "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end of the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" We must wrap up the thoughts in our minds and be sober and have the hope that the revelation of Jesus Christ brings us.

Revelation 3:11  "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." He is coming quickly, make sure we are holding on to what He has given us that someone else doesn't take our crowns.  That would be a sad day if someone else slipped in and took our crown and we lost out.  I can't think of anything worse.  I can't wait to cast my crown at the feet of Jesus and praise Him for saving me from all my unworthiness.  That will be a wonderful day, won't it?  I hope you will be there and rejoice with me and we shall meet there for the first time.  Grandma Joan



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Promises from the Book of Ezekiel - Study 1

There are some wonderful promises in Ezekiel, read them carefully and take them to heart and they will bless you abundantly.

Ezekiel 11:17-20  "Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God; I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have bee scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel, and they will go there and they will take away all it's detestable things and all it's abominations from there.  Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God."

Ezekiel 20:12  "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them."

Ezekiel 20:19,20  "I am the Lord your God: walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them; hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God."

Ezekiel 36:25-28  "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  Then you shall dwell in the Land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people and I will be your God."

I hope you have been blessed by these wonderful promises, you may have to go over them again and again and cross reference them and if you do you will understand what a blessing they are and will be in your life.  Please be blessed.  Grandma Joan

Monday, August 14, 2017

Promises from the Book of Jeremiah Study -1

The promises from Jeremiah are just as good as the others, just worded a little different but very excellent promises.  They fill my heart with hope as do the others.  May you be blessed by these.

Jeremiah 24:7  "Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart."
God is patient and He has given us a heart to know Him, that He is Lord.  We will return to Him with our whole heart when we realize that we are His people.  May we realize that very soon.

Jeremiah 30:17  "For I will restore health to you, and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord."
I am looking forward to God to restore health to me.  Right now I have broken bones in my rib cage and in my chest an back and am in a lot of pain. He has promises to heal us of our wounds, and I have been wounded.

Jeremiah 31:3  "The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying, 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you."
God has loved us with an everlasting love and is drawing us to Himself with His loving kindness.

Jeremiah 31:16  "Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.  There is hope in your future, says the Lord, that your children shall come back to their own borders."
Another verse promising that our children will come back to their own borders.

Jeremiah 31:33  "This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord.  I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

Jeremiah 32:38-40  "They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good;  But I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me."

PS.  Could I just add Lamentations with these, there are only two and they are very good promises?

Lamentations 3:31,32  "For the Lord will not cast off forever.  Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies."
God is compassionate according to the multitude of His mercies and He is a very merciful God.

Lamentations 3:33  "For He does not afflict willingly, not grieve the children of men."

These verses were very encouraging to me, all of them, I just need to be patient in waiting on His timing and not mine.  Patience is another virtue that could capitalize on.  God has a lot of work to do in my life and He is working with me to make me a better person and to trust Him with all my life.  I am so thankful.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, August 13, 2017

More promises from Isaiah - Study -4

This is the last study from Isaiah and if you have children it is one of the best promises except for Isaiah 49:25 this one is next or equal.  I love this one and I trust God to fulfill them both.  Thanks for reading. 

Isaiah 60:1-5  "arise, shine; for your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people.  But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.  the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.  Lift up your eyes all around, and see:  They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.  Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you.  The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you."

Isaiah 61:10,11  "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bride room decks himself with ornaments, for as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."

Isaiah 65:24  "It shall come to pass that before they call I will answer; and while they are still speaking I will hear."

Isaiah 43:1-3  "Fear not for I have redeemed thee.  I have called thee by thy name;  Thou art mine.  When thou pass through the waters I will be with thee and through the rivers, they will not overflow thee;  when thou walk through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall flames kindle upon thee.  For I am the Lord thy God the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior."

Isaiah had some beautiful promises in it, didn't it?  Very meaningful!!  Because of some of these verses I trust God to save my children, even though I've made mistakes through their life which I am so sorry for, I still believe He loves them as much as I do and will save them, and I thank Him for these promises, they keep me going.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Promises from the Books of Hosea, Joel, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah & Malachi.

I call these books written by the little prophets because their books are so small and I don't know how well read they are but they have some good promises in them and we would do well to go over them.

Hosea 6:1-3  "Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.  After two days He will revive us; on the the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.  Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.  His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth."

Hosea 14:4-7  "I will heal their backsliding.  I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.  I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.  His branches shall spread; His beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.  Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine.  Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon."

Joel 2:28,29  "And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophecy, Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days."

Micah  6:8  "He has shown thee, O man, What is good; and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Micah 7:18-20  "Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?  He does not retain His anger forever because He delights in mercy.  He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea, you will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham which you have sworn to our fathers from days of old."

Nahum 1:7  "The Lord is good.  A stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him."

Habakkuk 1:5  "I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you."

Habakkuk 2:4  "The just shall live by his faith."

Habakkuk 2:20  "The Lord is in His Holy Temple.  Let all the earth keep silence before Him."

Habakkuk 3:18,19  "I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deers feet, and He will make me walk on my high hill."

Zephaniah 3:17  "The Lord your God in your midst, the mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

Malachi 3:10,11  "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts."

Malachi 4:2  "But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings, and you shall go out and grow fat like stall fed calves."

These promises like some of the others are easy to understand but need to be gone over and over to be able to comprehend the depth of them and be able to put them into practice.  Remember all the promises in the Bible are on condition of love and obedience to our loving Savior.  We cannot expect to receive all the things He has promised us if we don't love Him, repent of our sins and obey His commandments.  That wouldn't be fair at all.  Jesus expects us to repent of our sins and surrender our lives to Him and then He will fulfill His promises to us.  Let us make sure our motives are right too, and we are not trying to obey the law so we can receive from Him.  We need to obey because we love Him and want to serve Him with all our heart.  When we surrender to Him our all in all, He has promised to come and live in us and do the work in us that is required of us.  I know this is hard to understand and we will be covering some of this in our next studies.  These are the last promises that I have found in the Bible.  I hope you have been blessed by them and will continue to read the studies that I  post to help you understand how easy it is to let Christ  do the work in you.  I am anxious to get to the core of this because it has bugged me for many years and I think I am beginning to understand it better now and will make sure I have it all right before I share it with you.  There is a lot of love drawn up in these studies and I hope that you can sense it when you read.  I love people and want to see a lot of people saved in God's kingdom, as many as I can help, so bear with me and we will work on it together to that end.  Grandma Joan

Friday, August 11, 2017

Promises from the book of Isaiah - Study 3

So sorry I got the Isaiah studies turned around but it doesn't change the meaning so I guess it will be OK this time.  Remember to take God at His word and believe His promises.

Isaiah 55:7 last part.  "Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."

Isaiah 55:11,12  "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth.  It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace;  The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, an all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."

These verses are speaking of the new earth.  It will be so wonderful to behold, nothing will be like it is here.  Nothing at all.  The beauty will be unspeakable.  Can't even imagine.

Isaiah 57:15  "For thus says the High and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:  I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite (repentant) and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."

Isaiah 57:19,20  "I create the fruit of the lips:  Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near, says the Lord, and I will heal him.'  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt."

I'm sure that most of us know what a troubled sea looks like, it's rough and stormy and it seems not to be able to rest, the waves are high and boistrous and scary too if you are out on it.  We want to have peace like the verse says and not be like a troubled sea, don't we?

If you have the time and want to know what your duty as a Christian is, please read Isaiah 58.  It is very eye opening.

Isaiah 59:1,2  "Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear."

This verse tells us why our prayers have not been answered, doesn't it?  I use to wonder why God didn't answer my prayers for my children or for better health or many other requests that I have prayed.  Now I know.  He wants to wash us clean in His cleansing blood and clothe us in His perfect righteousness and in return He expects us to be His obedient children.  Do you think that is asking too much from us.  After all He has done for us, I think it is the fair thing to require of us.  I hope you do too.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Promises from the book of Isaiah - Study - 1

Some of my favorite promises in the Bible are in Isaiah.  I hope you get as much out of them as I have.

Isaiah 26:3,4  "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.  Trust in the Lord forever,  for in the Lord is everlasting strength."

I think we can all use all the peace we can get in this turbulent world we are in and wish things were getting better, but not sure if they are but we are promised peace if our mind is stayed on Christ.

Isaiah 26:12  "Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us."

Isaiah 30:15  "For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:  In returning and rest you shall be saved:  In quietness and confidence shall be your strength."

I like it when it says 'In quietness and confidence shall be our strength.  I live such a quiet life that noise is very disturbing to me.

Isaiah 30:19  "For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;  You shall weep no more.  He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it He will answer you."
When He hears your cry, He will answer you.

Isaiah 30:21 "Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, 'whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left."
This verse is a promise for guidance wherever we go, we are to have a sure guide.

Isaiah 32:17,18  "The work of the righteous will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness, and assurance forever.  My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places."
A wonderful promise for those who are stressed out!  He has quiet resting places for us.

Isaiah 33:16  "He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks;  Bread will be given him, his water will be sure."
In times of trouble, we have the promise of Christ's place of defense will be the fortress of rocks, our bread will be given us and our water will be sure.

Don't you love these promises, I do.  God is always ready to help us in whatever situation we find ourselves in.  I am so thankful I have a Father in heaven to watch over me in all that I do or wherever I go.  Such wonderful promises.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Promises from the book of Isaiah - Study 2

Just in case you are getting tired of the promises I have been sharing, I want to tell you why.  This is what I found in the little book, 'Faith and works', it points out the reason why God's promises are so important.  "As the sinner ventures upon the promises, taking God at His word, relief and peace come to his soul."  Do you want relief and peace in your life and in your soul?  Then take God at His word through His promises.  We have discussed the condition to being a recipient of His promises which is obedience to His word.  So as you are reading these promises, please take them to heart and claim then as yours and you will find relief and peace in your life and soul.

Isaiah 35:10  "And the ransomed of the Lord shall return to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads.  They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."  This is a wonderful promise for me, I love to be happy and will be glad when sorrow and sighing shall flee away.  Normally I am a happy Christian but I have had my sorrows too.

Isaiah 40:11  "He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young." I believe His sheep are His people, this describes what a loving shepherd is like, whether it is sheep or people, it's a wonderful picture of Jesus as the gentle Shepherd.

Isaiah 40:29-31  "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;  They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."  This is worth remembering when we are weak and need strength.  I am going to claim this promise every day because I am so weak at times, I don't accomplish much and I have always been on fire all my life on the run.  This verse means a lot to me.

Isaiah 41:9,10  "You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, you are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.  Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."  Another great promise of what He will do for us, who are weak and need strengthening.

Isaiah 49:15,16  "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before me."

Isaiah 49:25  "Thus says the Lord; 'even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away; and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him that contends with you, and I will save your children."  This is the promise that I have claimed for my children for years and God is answering one at a time.  I love Him so much and thank Him for all He is doing to save them.

Isaiah 54:13  "All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."  I have seen this happen and am so happy for this promise too.

Isaiah 55:7  last part.  "Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God and He will abundantly pardon."

Are you thankful for an abundantly pardoning Savior, I am, I don't know what I would do without Him.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Promises from the book of Proverbs - Study - 6

This is the last study on Proverbs, I hope it has been rewarding to you, check out this one too.

Proverbs 17:22  "A merry heart does good like a medicine."
I have found that this proverb is very true. I'm sure they all are but it is so important to be happy in whatever situation we are in.  It just makes life so much easier and when we have Jesus in our life it is really an outcome for sure of happiness or a merry heart.

Proverbs 19:11  "The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression."
It is a wonderful thing to be able to have the discretion and be slow to anger and have the glory to overlook the sin in others.

Proverbs 21:3  "To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."

Proverbs 25:21,22  "If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you."

Proverbs 28:14  "Happy is the man who is always reverent."  And so pleasant to be around too.

Proverbs 28:25  "He who trust in the Lord will be prospered."
We should trust in the Lord with our lives and everyday duties and He will prosper us.

Proverbs 28:26  "Whoever walks wisely will be delivered."
Also if we are wise in our walk with the Lord, it says we will be delivered.

Proverbs 30:5,6  "Every word of God is pure, He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.  Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar."

We know that every word of God is pure and we should know that to add to His words we will be rebuked and be found a liar if we change any of them.  That is really dangerous.   I hope you have enjoyed the book of Proverbs.  I love it, so much instruction in it and promises. Grandma Joan

PS  I have to add a verse from Ecclesiastes because I found only one promise so will add it here.

Ecclesiastes 7:9,10  "Do not haste to be angry in your spirit, for anger rests in the bosom of fools."
I guess it really isn't a promise but good instruction along with all the others.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Promises from the book of Proverbs -Study - 5

Proverbs 14:21  "He who has mercy on the poor, happy is he."

Proverbs 14:26  "In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge."

Proverbs 14:27  "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death."

Proverbs 14:29  "He who is slow to wrath has great understanding."

Proverbs 14:30  "A sound heart is life to the body."

Proverbs 15:4  "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life."

Proverbs 15:6  "In the house of the righteous there is much treasure."

Proverbs 15:7  "The lips of the wise disperse knowledge."

Proverbs 15:13  "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance."

Proverbs 15:15  "He who has a merry heart has a continual feast."

Proverbs 15:18  "He who is slow to anger allays contention."

Proverbs 16:3  "Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established."

Proverbs 16:7  "When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him."

Proverbs 16:24  "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb sweetness to the soul and health to the bones."

Proverbs 16:31  "The silver haired  head is a crown of glory if it is found in the way of righteousness."

Proverbs 16:32  "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

I know there is a lot of instruction in these verses as well as promises.  So much involved in Proverbs. But so timely for those of us who are preparing for Christ's kingdom.  If we lived according to the instructions, we would have a good life with the promises that go with them.  I think what I'm going to do is group all these promises under the subject that its talking about.  Put them in a note book so I can reference them when ever I need them.  That way I can find them very easy.  It will take time which I have a lot of right now.  I'll try to let you know when I'm done with this idea.  As long as it's in the Bible it will be well worth while.  Have a great study!  Grandma Joan

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Promises from the book of Proverbs - Study - 4

More promises from Proverbs:  Remember the word 'fear' usually means 'reverence'.

Proverbs 13:3  "He who guards his mouth preserves his life."
Isn't it true that if we don't guard our tongue, we can get in a lot of trouble, most usually more than we bargain for.

Proverbs 13:4  "The soul of the diligent shall be made rich."
I believe this is talking about Spiritual riches, and if we are diligent we will be made Spiritually rich.

Proverbs 13:6  "Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless."
Righteousness is our body guard if we are walking in God's way.

Proverbs 13:11  "He who gathers by labor will increase."
It's true isn't it that a lazy person is always poor.

Proverbs 13:12  "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life."
Have you ever looked  forward to something exciting and it was put off indefinitely and then when the event happened it was so exciting, it was like a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:13  "He who fears the commandment will be rewarded."
If we reverence God's commandments, we will be rewarded with eternal life.

Proverbs 13:14  "The law of the wise is a fountain of life."

Proverbs 13:16  "Every prudent man acts with knowledge."

Proverbs 13:17  "A faithful ambassador brings health."

Proverbs 13:18  "He who regards a rebuke will be honored."

Proverbs 13:20  "He who walks with wise men will be wise."

Proverbs 13:21  "To the righteous, good shall be repaid."

The last six are easy to understand.  The only reason I try to elaborate on some of them is because my readers are so diverse from all over the world and I just do it to help understand the meanings of some of the verses.  It even helps me at times when I try to explain them.  I am not above needing help.  Not at all.  I just want my blogs to be easily understood.  I pray that they are.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Promises from the book of Proverbs - Study 3

We will continue with chapter 12 today.  There is so much to cover because there are so many in Proverbs.  I don't want to miss any so bear with me as we search them out.

Proverbs 12:2  "A good man obtains favor from the Lord."

Proverbs 12:3  "The root of the righteous cannot be moved."

Proverbs 12:4  "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband."

Proverbs 12:10  "A righteous man regards the life of his animal." (Our pets or those that work for us)

Proverbs 12:15  "He who heeds counsel is wise."

Proverbs 12:16  "A prudent man covers shame."

Proverbs 12:19  "The truthful lip shall be established forever."

Proverbs 12:20  "Counselors of peace have joy."

Proverbs 12:21  "No grave trouble will overtake the righteous."

Proverbs 12:22  "Those who deal truthfully are His delight."

Proverbs 12:23  "A prudent man conceals knowledge."

Proverbs 12:24  "The hand of the diligent will rule."

Proverbs 12:27   "Diligence is a man's precious possession."

Proverbs 12:28  "In the way of righteousness is life."

There are lots of instruction in these texts and lots of promises for us to contemplate, that go along with the instructions.  You will have a whole book of promises when these posts are done.  You could make a list of them so that you could go over and over them and get them ingrained in your mind.
The time is coming when we will need them all, or at least many of them to keep us on the right track.  Grandma Joan

Friday, August 4, 2017

Promises from the book of Proverbs - study-2

More from the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 4:18  "But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day."

Proverbs 8:32  "Blessed are those who keep My ways.

Proverbs 9:10,11  "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  For by Me your days will be  multiplied and years of life will be added to you."

Proverbs 10:31  "The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom."

Proverbs 10:32  "The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable."

Proverbs 11:2  "With the humble is wisdom."

Proverbs 11:12  "A man of understanding holds his peace."

Proverbs 11:16  "A gracious woman retains honor."

Proverbs 11:18  "He who sows righteousness will have a sure reward."

Proverbs 11:19  "Righteousness leads to life."

Proverbs 11:20  "The blameless in their ways are His delight."

Proverbs 11:21  "The posterity of the righteous will be delivered."

Proverbs 11:27  "He who earnestly seeks good finds favor."

Proverbs 11:28  "The righteous will flourish like foliage."

Proverbs 11:30  "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise."

I think all these texts explain themselves and are full of promises for every day life and also instruction for everyday life.  I am learning to really trust God's promises.  He has blessed me so many times with personal needs, there should never be a doubt in my mind as to whether to trust Him or not.  I am ashamed to say there are times that I get discouraged with pain and wonder why I am suffering so but I know that I must trust Him through it and I am trying, it's just a hard path to walk in.  I saw some proverbs in the list above that surely apply to me.  Did you find any?  I pray that you all were blessed.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Promises from the book of Proverbs -Study 1

Once upon a time I was going to write a book about the Proverbs, but was a busy person at the time and didn't seem to get to it.  But I still love the book of Proverbs, and there are lots of instruction in it and plenty of promises too.  To start with, we will just begin in chapter 1.

Proverbs 1:7  "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

If we reverence God, He will bless us with wisdom.  I am sure all of us could use wisdom for just about anything in life.

Proverbs 3:5,6  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Don't try to lean on your own understanding, things will fail us if we do.  We must acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will direct our paths.  Our understanding will seem so feeble compared to His.

Proverbs 37,8  "Do not be wise in your own eyes;  Fear the Lord and depart from evil.  It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones."

If we want health and strong bones, we must reverence God and depart from evil, and not try to be wise ourselves, our wisdom comes from God when we reverence Him.

Proverbs 3:9,10  "Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine."

Do you want to have plenty?  The way is to honor the Lord with our possessions and with the first fruits of all our increase and we will have plenty for ourselves and others.


Proverbs 3:21-24  "Keep sound wisdom and discretion; For they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck.  Then you will walk safely in your way and your foot will not stumble.  When you lie down you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet."

Get your sound wisdom and discretion from God and they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck, I think it means it will give grace to your being and we can walk safely and will not stumble. Our sleep will be sweet and we will be refreshed.

Proverbs 3:33,34  "He blesses the home of the just.  He gives grace to the humble."

We want our homes to be blessed, don't we? And He gives grace to the humble when He blesses us, that is part of His blessing.  I love Proverbs, so much to learn from this book.  Grandma Joan


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm -Study - 7

We are continuing in the Psalm, the instruction is super good and I hope I don't leave anything out that would help in our walk with Christ. Here goes:

Psalm 37:28  "For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever."

Psalm 37:29  "The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell in it forever."

Psalm 37:31  "The law of his God is in his heart, and non of his steps shall slide."

Psalm 40:1-4  "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.  He has put a new song in my mouth.  Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.  Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."

Have you waited patiently for the Lord and He heard your cry?  I have waited for a long time for something in my mind to be settled and today it happened.  I understand why some subjects are fuzzy in our mind and why Satan can harass us over and over, telling us we are lost and there is no hope for us.  It is because we need to spend a thoughtful hour a day on the last hours of Christ's life and also we need to repent daily of our lazy attitude and our unloving spirit towards God who has done so very much for us.  Do we really love Him or are we just doing our legal duty to offer a quick prayer and read a few verses and then go out and do whatever we have been doing on a daily basis with no further thought about our lives and if we are living up to what we have learned.  To tell you the truth, that's why there is no power in our lives.  If we were living up to what we are learning, we would have power to confront the Devil and He would leave.  If The disciples spent three and a half years with Christ personally and still, one denied Him in the court yard and they all abandoned Him in the garden for fear of their lives.  Yet He still loved them and knew what they had all done.  Have we abandoned Him too, for our cell phones, our TV's or games or friends that are more important to us than Christ is?  Can we let Him lift us up out of the pits that we are in and allow Him to put our feet on the solid rock which is Christ.  I was using my illness as an excuse to do mostly nothing.  I've been in a pit for quite a while and part of it has been my health with no strength but I just couldn't put the reason together until today.  I need to repent of my unloving spirit and lazy attitude toward Christ who has wanted to bring me out of the pit I was in and repent of my waywardness by telling Him how sorry I've been for my lazy attitude and my thoughtlessness by treating Him so unkindly and not loving Him as I should for His sacrifice for me.  I have always studied and there have been many times when God has answered my prayers immediately and other times when He has waited until I was ready for His answer like today.  That took a while and I am glad He brought someone into my friendship to help me.  I just couldn't seem to catch on to what He wanted me to learn. I have always had something to praise Him about but this was so unusual, I am amazed when I see that  He really does care about me individually and wants me in heaven with Him, otherwise why would He make sure that this  person would ask me to be a friend on FB.  No reason other than they were impressed by God to come to my rescue.  I am really praising Him for the way He brought that into my life just the way He did and the timing was perfect, as His timing always is.  Wait patiently for God to help you out of Your pit, be sincere about repenting of your sins and don't be afraid to name them.  He knows them anyway and you will have peace of mind and heart and we will hear Him call our name when He comes to get us.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm -Study 6

More from Psalm:

Psalm 92:12-15  "The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him."

I like this promise, I think it was meant for me, but if you are old then it was meant for you too.  We shall bear fruit in old age.  That means that God can still use us in our old age.  I am blessed by that promise, how about you if you are old.  It's wonderful!!

Psalm 94:17-19  "Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would soon had settled in silence.  If I say, 'my foot slips', Your mercy, O, Lord, will hold me up.  In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul."

Psalm 103:1-5  (This is one of my favorites)  "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles."

I just have to comment on these verses, they mean so much to me.  Can we bless His holy name or praise Him for all His benefits, who forgives all our sins, who heals all our diseases, who redeems our life from destruction and who crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies, also satisfy our mouth with good things and renew our youth like the eagles.  Aren't these promises wonderful.  I loved them so much I memorized them.

Psalm 103:17,18  "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.  On those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them."  This is the condition for the fulfilling of His promises.

Psalm 107:8,9  "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!  For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness."

Do we give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and His wonderful works to us and satisfies our longing soul with goodness.  He just answered my prayer for the meaning of some verses that were hard for me to get the meaning of.  So thankful!

Psalm 119:108  "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!  Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!  They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways.  You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.  Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!  Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.  I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments, I will keep Your statutes, Oh, do not forsake me utterly."  This should be our prayer!

We still have some more from the Psalm.  I almost hate to see it come to an end, they are all so very good.  I hope you are being blessed by them, as I am.  Grandma Joan