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Living Water 38
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9
It shouldn't matter to either of us, how you or I feel, because what matters are the precise, meticulous details in Scripture of what Lord Jesus bore for us that we are Covenantally responsible for resisting from ourselves, whether sickness, disease, poverty, anxiety, discouragement, fear, depression, worry, uncleanness, frustration, pain, weakness, and anything else that can be found in all of Scripture that we are Covenantally set free from through the Cross of Christ.
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1Peter 5:5-8
We are morally and Covenantally obligated to keep every care cast upon our God because He is morally and Covenantally obligated to exalt us high above every evil, when we do from hearts that are firmly rooted in the promises He has made to us in the Bible.
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26
Every oath of God, for the last two thousand years, has been in the Blood of Jesus, and through the Blood of Jesus we have righteousness and strength.
11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the Tanak), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the application of the Tanak. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” 18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the Torah made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. 20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath 21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:
“The Lord has sworn and will not relent, ‘You are a priest to the age according to the order of Melchizedek’”), 22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:11-22
We were not foolishly and senselessly abandoned to even 1 of our circumstances. The Book of Hebrews calls our Lord Jesus the guarantee of every promise of the Bible to get us out of any trouble, distress, weakness, need, fear, danger, or any insufficiency or inadequacy we could ever run across in ourselves in any given situation.
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1John 2:3-6
Everything it takes to keep us in absolute power over every situation is Covenantally-deeded to us through the Bible.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17
Doubtless, there is a calling to develop the character of Christ in our own characters as we see more and more deeply into the Word of God that we are to be meditating in, day and night, fixing the totality of our attention and our gaze upon every detail of the Bible (Proverbs 4:20-5:2), looking for more and more ways to not only rest more confidently in Him, but for further reasons to worship Him, and for increased abilities through His Holy Spirit (Romans 1:11-12) to reflect His powerful Presence to our world in every situation and every setting we find ourselves in, in this Creation (Romans 15:13, 29).
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:18-30
We were saved in the expectation that all of Creation would be set free through us, that we would Chaperone it into the Presence of God. Isaiah 40:11 is as much a picture of each of us as it is of Christ Jesus because He is the Head, we are the Body. People have lost sight of that by not understanding the Genesis 17:1-2, Job 5:23, Hosea 2:18, Isaiah 54, Isaiah 59:21, Jeremiah 31:27-34, and Ezekiel 34:25-31 Covenants and by viewing themselves as these helpless weaklings who have no better of a Covenant with God than for Him to have to do everything for us, when we're told to walk before Him and be blameless (Genesis 17:1-2; Galatians 3:14; Galatians 3:29). You can't walk before Him and be blameless if you don't receive His instruction and then walk in front of Him into everything AS Creation's Shepherd, IN HIM!
4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem (Zechariah 2:4-5; Hebrews 12:22; 1Corinthians 4:16; 1Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; 1John 2:6), each one with his staff (or Bible) in his hand because of great age (Hebrews 5:11-14). 5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.’ Zechariah 8:4-5
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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2
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