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Old notes taken mostly from my personal time with God. We're moving house again, so, I guess we're back to being, literally, pilgrims on the Rough Roads of Planet Earth. (Photo taken on a road to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, North Auckland, NZ, Dec 2009.)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Morning Glory Talks at Evening Walks




































These photos were taken in early June and I wrote captions in the album. I just took so long to put them together into this post. Procrastinating, as always!
I had my birthday in the past month (07/2017) and the date itself has so many sevens! And my age also has so many 7's and 8's. So, I believe God is really speaking to me about Sabbath rest, the end of the "shemitah" cycle, and new beginnings (the number 8).
 7 is the number of God, in many ways. For instance, there are 7 days in a week. God made the world in 6 days and He rested on the 7th day. It is the day of rest, a Sabbath rest for God and for His people, too. The 7th day is very important to God. The Bible talks about entering God’s rest on the Sabbath Day. Many preachers equate that to coming to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, i.e. having true eternal rest in Christ even before the body finally rests from its labors at the end of its earthly life. But I think there is more to that.
In the Old Testament, the 7th year is known as “shemitah,” the year when debts are reset to zero, the year when farmers rest their farm and themselves by not planting nor harvesting that year. They just eat from whatever grows from the ground (grains or fruit trees) naturally, and they let the poor people harvest those as well, besides the birds and animals that naturally feed on them. It is the year of rest both for the land and the farmers and farm hands. That’s how they naturally allow the land to replenish its nutrients and how their bodies rest from the stresses of life. Also, the jubilee year is on the 50th year, at the end of 7 “shemitah” cycles (7 x 7 years). That’s the year when slaves are allowed to be set free, if they desire to be set free. These are all God’s design!
Also, the Holy Spirit is known as the 7 Spirits of God (Isaiah 11:2) and the rainbow, the sign of God’s Covenant with Noah and all flesh, has 7 colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple. The lampstand ("menorah") in the Holy Place inside the Tabernacle had seven lamps.
So, was last year a year of rest for me? It was a year of many struggles but it did turn out into rest. Let’s just say I had to fight to get that rest. LOL!
 Well, 7 may seem to be the number of God but 8 is the number of Jesus! According to this site, http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/8.html “eight is the number of Jesus, whose name in the Greek adds up to 888.”
Every 8th day is the beginning of the new 7-day cycle and every 8th year is a new beginning for the “shemitah” year cycle. The 8th is the time of new beginnings and resurrections! Jesus is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). Thus, Jesus always brings us new life, a new hope, a new beginning - if we want to have those - by believing in Him and following His ways. He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
So, this month is the first month of the year of new beginnings for me, . Yes, I believe that by faith!
“7th is completion but the 8th is a new beginning!” Even the prophets of our day say so. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlzlpGFw2OE&t=876s Just pull the toggle to 14:25 to hear what Cindy Jacobs has to say about the year 2017.
 
When I turned into a born-again believer of Christ at age 23 I decided on my life verse which happened to be John 14:21. Whoa, more sevens in there, like 5! And a few years ago I had a dream from God which I didn't understand but as I sought God it became clear to me. Based on that dream my life verse changed to Job 28:28; whoa, that’s 8 sevens in there, and two 8's!
 
John 14:21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me and he loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
 
Ever wondered what the secret to seeing God's face is? It's in that verse above!
 
Job 28:28 And he said to man, 'The fear of the LORD - that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.' "
 
The more popular verse says, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..." (Psalm 111:10, Prov. 1:7, Prov. 9:10)
 
Why is Job's version different? Psalms is mostly attributed to King David and Proverbs to his son King Solomon. Whether they were the specific authors of these particular Psalm and Proverbs mentioned above is not really clear from commentaries. For one, Psalm 111 is not listed among those attributed to King David in particular, but just to a "psalmist." But suffice it to say that this was the popular "version" in David's and Solomon's times and those were times of great success and glory in the nation of Israel. Job on the other hand, though I would also consider him a "king" in his own right, materially, was in the "worm" state when he spoke his version: "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom...," and he was quoting God Himself. I believe we truly get wisdom when God brings us to the "wilderness" of life, to the "between a rock and a hard" kind of places in our journeys; thus, Job was able to crystallize  that for us and strip the scripture to its simplest form: "The fear of the LORD, that is wisdom...." Hence, whenever we lack wisdom, the simple rule of thumb is, "What does the word of God say? Do you tremble at His word? Do you have the fear of the LORD in your heart, right here, right now?" We need to be in that place where we tremble at God's word, then we make the wisest decision.
 
Our special needs child went through a major spiritual attack in March until about end of May. It was a time of great testing for me and my family. But God brought a major victory and it changed all of us spiritually. From that experience we saw "death" of old selves and resurrection in our spiritual lives and our faith in God. We truly need to see death if we are to see new life! It's the way of God. (1 Sam. 2:6) It also opened my eyes and brought me deeper into what the Gospel of Peace / Shalom truly means. It brings order into our lives. God's Covenant of Shalom is for families and households, not just individuals. God is good!
 
"7 is for completion and 8 is for new beginnings!"
 
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All Scripture references are from the 1984 New International Version, unless otherwise specified.
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This is a re-blog. If you wish to cite this blog, citation is as follows: PureJoyLand. (2017, Aug 2). Morning Glory Talks at Evening Walks [Blog Post]. Retrieved from  http://purejoyland.com/2017/08/morning-glory-talks-on-evening-walks/


Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

Praise God for Christmas! It reminds us to face the New Year with Hope and Courage!
Isn’t it so apt that just one week before the new year we always have Christmas? Every end of the year we are faced with uncertainties for the future, and especially more so this year! But Christmas reminds us that the One who sits enthroned and rules above all rulers, kings and princes, is the One True Infallible Perfect Ruler. He never makes mistakes, He is in control of everything and He has your back - if you let Him! 

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end....
Isaiah 9

Governments, kings, presidents and princes. They are all human and fallible, no matter how smart, strong, smooth, shrewd and savvy they may be. But praise God, we have received the One True Perfect Ruler who rules above all fallible governments, world organizations, institutions, leaders, strongmen and straw men alike. We received Him at the very first Christmas, and His name is Jesus!

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.

The year 2016 saw the passing away of entertainment icons Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. On the other hand, Kim Clement, a Christian prophetic minister, also died in the past year. Clement  is probably the most prominent minister to have uttered prophetic words concerning Donald Trump rising as a leader of the American nation.  Eventually, 2016 ended with the “upset” win by newcomer and philanthropist-businessman Donald Trump over expected winner ex-Senator and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the American presidential elections. The Obama administration blamed the Russian nation for interfering in the said elections by hacking into Mrs. Clinton’s emails and leaking them, an absurd claim according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange  claims his organization only beamed the leaked emails to the world. Then,  just two days before Christmas, on the Sabbath before Hanukkah, the UN Security council passed a resolution for a "two-State solution based on the 1967 lines" concerning the Israeli-Palestine conflict. That implies the division of the city of Jerusalem between the two states of Israel and Palestine. It was carried through because President Obama did not veto it, contrary to what US presidents had done in the past, including himself in September 2015. President-elect Trump had been calling on President Obama to veto the resolution but the latter was defiant, with many citing the deteriorating relations between Bibi and Obama as the main reason for the latter’s actions. 
Now with 19 more days in office left in Obama’s 8th and last year in the White House, Trump’s and Israel’s supporters only wish they could hasten the presidential inauguration slated for Jan. 20, 2017. Trump had promised that America’s stance on Israel’s plight will be different when he takes over the top post.  Meanwhile,  they are also pondering what more parting moves Obama is going to pull off in these crucial final days before he ships out from the Oval Office.
With this backdrop for the year 2017 ahead, we do need assurances of hope and stability from God, and praise God indeed for Christmas, as we already had that certainty of hope and peace in Jesus Christ when we celebrated Christmas a week ago! He rules the world in truth and grace and that truth brings peace to our hearts, at Christmas and New Year, and beyond! Jesus Christ rules now and forever more!

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:17

18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may  know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in  every way.
Ephesians 1

"They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings - and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."
Revelation 17:14

Desserts at the New Year's Eve party I attended with my family. I made the naked choc cake garnished with fruits. Yup, I should try a new cake recipe for the year ahead, maybe lemon cake!

I am truly happy that Jesus is in my heart and I know He has my back, come what may! How about you? Have you received Jesus in your heart yet? Now, right now, is the best time to do it. Makes one ready for the year ahead like no other! Invite Jesus into your heart now! It's the only way to truly have a happy new year!!!

A Happy and Blessed New Year to one and all!

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References:
 1) Kim Clement. (2016, Nov 14). Untitled [Facebook Update]. Retrieved  Jan 1, 2017 from https://www.facebook.com/ProphetKimClement/?fref=ts
2) Jacobs, B. (2016, Dec 24). Julian Assange gives guarded praise of Trump and blasts Clinton in interview. [Web Log Post]. Retrieved Dec 30, 2016 from https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/dec/24/julian-assange-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-interview
3) Snyder, M. (2016, Dec 26). Obama Betrays Israel At The United Nations - Is America's Reprieve Now Over? [Web Log Post]. Retrieved Dec 26, 2016 from http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=902#j0TslKExkwh4oQZL.99
4) Benjamin Netanyahu. (2016, Dec 28). President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel! 🇮🇱🇺🇸[Facebook Update]. Retrieved Dec 28, 2016 from https://www.facebook.com/Netanyahu/photos/a.376960237075.156823.268108602075/10154241151347076/?type=1&theater
5) childrenlovetosing. (2013, Oct 20). Joy to the World with Lyrics Christmas Carol & Song Kids Love to Sing. [Video file]. Retrieved Jan 1, 2017 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30OaM6b48k8
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All Scripture references are from the 1984 New International Version, unless otherwise specified.
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This is a re-blog. If you wish to cite this blog, citation is as follows: PureJoyLand. (2017, Jan 1). Happy New Year 2017! [Blog Post]. Retrieved from http://purejoyland.com/2017/01/happy-new-year-2017/
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The Many Versions of Love Stories 1. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, kiss and marry. They live happily ever after. 2. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, kiss and marry. The marriage sours, they part, and live happily ever after. 3. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, kiss and marry. Then boy finds out it's more fun to be girl... or girl finds out it's more fun to be boy, they part, change sexes and live happily ever after. 4.Finally, boy or girl meets God. It's love at first sight... The roads went rough, the tides rose high, the strong winds blew and the quake shook the ground... but they truly live happily ever after, forever and ever. 5. Try God's love... it's always happy forever after, and the story never ends. :-D