The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 4

Political Food

Oh Dear Lord, just the thought and I need a snack and a nap. Do not worry, beloved ones, we are going to keep this simple and straightforward.  Our United States Constitution tells us so very much. Before we talk about its uniqueness, I would like to say this, that because of sin, there will never be a perfect system of government until Jesus returns to set up His kingdom here on earth.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace (within). In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus, John 16:33

Here in the United States the Declaration of Independence is the basis of our Constitution. So what is Biblical about it? Here is the truth statement:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Remember our Source: Jesus is the Creator, He is the truth, (John 1:1-5, 14, John 14:6) and He is our food processor.

Rights Come From Our Creator

First and foremost, we are all accountable to God our Creator whether we believe in Him or not.  If He is not our Source then no one has rights of any sort. If we declare that they come from any other source then they can be taken away at any moment.

The statement of truth mirrors the Ten Commandments that tell us how to love and give honor to God and to love and respect people (Exodus 20). The product of this perfect formula is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness/Joy. 

In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. ~1 John 5:3-4

Sovereignty

We are discussing the Declaration of Independence. We are our own nation, separate from others....and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries (borders) of their habitation, ~Acts 17:26

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. ~Psalm 33:12

Life

We can have neither liberty nor the pursuit of happiness without life.

If life is not held in high regard by a nation, then no one people group will ever be safe.  “You shall not murder (take an innocent life away),” says it all, but in case we want to know how much one life is worth, King David, a man after God's own heart, expressed it so well, For You (God) formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are Your works; My soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; In Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ~Psalm 139:13-16   I shudder to think what happens when we disregard this.

 

Liberty

A nation whose law is based on Judeo-Christian law, such as ours, is the most free that any nation will ever be when it is lived out correctly and righteously. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23

One cannot be free, if one cannot live in an environment of safety. Safety from crime, from slander, from slavery, from governmental tyranny, etc. This means we must lawfully pursue justice. It also means that those who come here from elsewhere do so legally with the intention of obeying our laws after they get here.

It is sin and the pride of sin that causes corruption and iniquity eventually bringing about tyranny, oppression and lawlessness in a nation. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness ~1 John 3:4

...law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers ~1 Timothy 1:9

So what about individuals who are not Judeo-Christian? It is true that one in this country should be forced to be such. God's love is not about force, if it were then it would not be love, however, laws exist to protect individuals from harm and God know better than anyone how to do so.

 

The Pursuit Of Happiness

One should not be hindered in their pursuit of the best that life has to offer, to live, to work, to be educated, to play, to rest, etc. Keep in mind that pursuit does not mean being given for free. The more successful people have opportunity to be, the more they can choose to bless those around them who are in need. Those who steal, intimidate, slander and stir up covetousness and strife are a hindrance to this pursuit.

Yes, there are selfish and self centered people who do not help others. So what did Jesus have to say about this? Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him,“Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?”And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” ~Luke 12:13-14

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~Matthew 6:19-21

Does it always work out fairly? Not necessarily. There will always be those less fortunate or poor. They are an opportunity for giving help (John 12:8, Deuteronomy 15:11). Not everyone gets paid the same wage for the same work (Matthew 20:1-12). We are commanded not to envy.

Turning Point

We are at a crisis turning point in the nation. We have an opportunity to live responsibly, being true to our constitution that is based on the Source, so that we can live free and safe or we can give in to the world "beast" system and allow lawlessness to take over. In the past we have been a leader among the nations where at least some of the other nations made an attempt to follow our example. Without The Source - Yeshua/Jesus, lawlessness will prevail, but only for a season. For His followers, all of this should affect our choices for future leadership.

Prior to Jesus' return to the earth there will be lawlessness and utter chaos, there will be a brief but false worldly peace under the anti-Christ and then complete tyranny and much death. But God will bring judgment upon the lawless and He will judge the nations accordingly. That is why now is the time to come to Him whether or not the nation does also.

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The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 3

Spiritual And Cultural Food

My surprise as well as yours. This is what the Lord said to do next. A close relative sent me some awesome photos from a trip that I just had to share with you. They fit both subjects, spiritual as well as cultural. Ya'll already know I am all about God and Art together.

The photos are from Leonard Kight's Salvation Mountain  in the desert near Niland, California. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 82 after spending 14 years of his life creating this monument to Jesus.

Spiritual Food

There are many great teachers and we have been blessed not only with a choice of churches, but also with the internet we have access to just about anyone we would like to listen to. It is like a virtual salad bar. But with that comes our responsibility to use Godly wisdom and discernment to avoid being influenced by false teaching. So listen to the teachings, but always process that food through the Source.

For since there is jealousy and strife among you, aren’t you worldly and walking in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos, or your favorite Bible teacher or your denomination,” are you not mere humans? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? And what is your favorite Bible teacher? Servants through whom you came to trust—and to each as the Lord gave. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. Now he who plants and he who waters work as one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. ~1 Corinthians 3:3-9

In other words, God's Word, the story and teachings of Yeshua (the Source) is more important than who you follow here on earth. So stay studied up in the Word, pray for wisdom and discernment and...when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine (in The Word) and declare it to you. ~John 16:13-14

Cultural Food

Culture: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. 

Culture is how we celebrate life. We have grown up in a time when culture rules and sadly the negative kind tends to govern us more than we realize. The music we listen to, the movies, games, television and sports events are all influencers which also need to be processed through that perfect Source.

Even though we live in a modern world, The grass withers, the flower fades, But the Word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8    Jesus said, “if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out." ~Matthew 18:9   This means we must make every effort to avoid activities that lead us in the wrong direction and we must be able to personally discern those areas for ourselves with the help of the Word and the Holy Spirit.

Negative culture is impossible to avoid, but what if we put our focus on creating and and using our gifts to glorify God and influence the culture around us as part of the command to go and make disciples of all nations? (Matthew 28:19-20)  And on top of that we have His promise that He goes with us.

Moses, as commanded by God, commissioned artisans Bezalel, Oholiab and others to build the wilderness tabernacle and all of its furnishings and vestaments. Later on, Solomon comissioned the most skilled artisans using the finest of materials to build the most impressive temple of all time for the worship of God, Most High.

Scripture is filled with singing, praising, dancing and lamenting so beautifully. David played the harp to soothe the rage of King Saul and later he danced and rejoiced before the Lord. He used his soulful creativity to write the Psalms which are so incredibly inspiring to us. So even when we sing, and make art about life in general, the Source should be our guide.

Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31

Helpful  And Inspiring Links:

Leonard Knight And His Technicolor Mountain

Lance Wallnau: Access To High Places  A great talk by Lance discussing Christian culture being a liberating force in a society versus the manipulating force of negative culture.

Hebraic War Dance

Beckah Shae: Heartbeat

The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 2

Informational Food – Journalism

I will get back to Spiritual and Cultural Food, but I talk about them regularly and feel that this is of critical importance considering all that is going on in the world right now. It is so easy for us to be slack in setting the Source (Jesus) aside when we consider Journalism and Politics, but as believers, we absolutely must process through Him. 

 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us,  just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. ~Luke 1:1-4

Luke was not only a physician, he was a journalist. He interviewed eyewitnesses and carefully wrote an orderly account of all relevant details. This is journalism at its finest and even better with the help of the Holy Spirit. He did not have an agenda, he just wanted to know the truth and to share it with others.

It is a shame that mainstream media sources who are owned by corporations try to suppress  and ban citizen journalists from giving their own orderly accounts. It tells me that mainstream media is controlled, they have an agenda and they have much to hide from us. It is even worse that they feel it is their duty to tell us how to think about the information that they share. That is not an orderly account.

Truth has no agenda. For believers in Christ, all information needs to be processed through the Source/the Word/Jesus and we must always pray for wisdom and discernment. Disinformation does exist, but we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

Here are some useful questions we should ask ourselves when we hear the news: Is it true? Maybe I should do some extra research. Is it helpful? Are we in danger? How are my family, community, and/or country affected? Is an opinion included along with the information? Is there an agenda that is being propagated? Is it slanderous- meant for unfairly discrediting a person? Does the Bible have anything to say about it?

It is okay for a journalist to share an opinion, but it should be stated as such. Name calling and defamation of character are slanderous and are a sign of irresponsible reporting. God hates slander and so should we, especially against those with whom we disagree. We should also use our wisdom and discernment to separate ourselves from the opinions of others before making our own opinions. "The facts, ma'am, just the facts." ~Joe Friday, Dragnet

Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool. ~Proverbs 10:18

The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. ~Proverbs 11:9

Just for example, I would like to show the difference between useful information, opinion and slander: 

Useful, logical and factual information: 

1. A crime was committed yesterday at such and such a place. Several suspects are in custody. Details will be given as the scene unfolds.

2. .....ism is an ideology founded on a set of beliefs such as....

3. Historically, this kind of action has been disastrous, therefore it would be reasonable to consider a different way next time.

Opinion:

1. It would be a good idea to create a law that would........

2. So and so would make a great/terrible leader, because.......(factual details are important here)

Slander:

1. So and so is a racist and is unfit for his/her position.

2. People who support this person are deplorable.

"When we truly believe that some people are monsters, that they fundamentally are less human than we are, and that they deserve to have less than we do, we ourselves become the monsters." ~Andrew W. K.  My Dad Is A Right-Wing A-hole

Political Food is next, so put your big girl britches on.

Photo by Headway at Unspalsh

 

 

 

The Food Processor – Biblical Worldview – Part 1

What does a food processor do? We think of a machine that chops or blends food into small pieces to make it easier to eat. We get most of our food from the grocery store and do not see other processing that takes place. We usually trust that it is good but we know if we were able to do it ourselves it would be better for us. But with grocers, farmers, restaurants, roadside stands, and precious friends with gardens, we are blessed to have so many choices. 

A trusted source is extremely important in worldview as well as in food. The Bible says, "Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" ~Isaiah 2:22  What are we to do?

A worldview is how we see the world and how we use what we know to be true to walk in it without fear. What is the source of truth? There can only be one. This is the most important question anyone will ever answer in a lifetime.

Pilate asked Jesus, "what is truth?" and then walked away not even waiting for an answer (John 18:38). Sadly, many are like him and are content to "do what is right in their own eyes" (Deuteronomy 12:8), but that, beloved ones has nothing to do with truth.

The Ultimate Source

Jesus said, "I Am the way, The Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ~John 14:6  Before Pilate walked away, Jesus told him, "For this reason, I was born and have come into the world, to testify to The Truth. Everyone who belongs to The Truth listens to my voice" ~John 18:37  and follows/obeys. (John 10:27)

Jesus, The Word (John 1), is The Source of Truth which we must process and filter everything. In this series of articles we will examine the processing of Spiritual Food, Cultural Food, Informational Food (News, etc), Political Food (without mentioning modern names, lol), and Educational Food through The Source to help us be in the world yet not of the world. We will name heroes of the faith and show how they sought The Source to make the right choices and influence the world, God's Way.

Psalm 60

He Will Tread Down Our Foes

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
    you have been angry; oh, restore us.
 You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
    repair its breaches, for it totters.
 You have made your people see hard things;
    you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
    that they may flee to it from the bow.  Selah
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

God has spoken in his holiness:
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Vale of Succoth. Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet;
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
Oh, grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.

Years ago I used to wonder how to relate to the struggles of King David, but in these times they are making much more sense. There is nothing like the Psalms when we cannot find the appropriate words to pray. David was hated for the Lord's sake because he was anointed for His purposes. Beloved, we are anointed for His purposes as well.

Along with our personal struggles, lately we are up against larger foes invading our culture such as abortion, human trafficking, gender confusion, violent gangs, occultic influence and other evils of socialism and globalism which threaten to overcome us and nullify our strength. If you are in a place where you are beginning to realize your role at such a time as this, then this Psalm is for you.

Prayer and the Word are our greatest weapons (The WHOLE Armour of God), so gear up for battle, beloved ones. Yeshua also reminds us, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 5:10

For those of you who are called to be in prayer and be awake about current world events, I have a brother and sister in the Lord who do some important and intense research that they share two to three times per week along with their Psalm project. There is so much information that is highly censored that the main stream media does not share because they are part of the problem.

Good Dog and Buttercup, as well as other good people, share useful links to articles and videos so that you can do your own research, which is encouraged as it should be. Just because there is also false information floating around the internet does not mean it is all false. As believers in Christ we have the Holy Spirit to help us put the correct puzzle pieces together so we do not have to rely only on controlled propagandic (my opinion) news media. If you just want to see the Psalm, it begins at 7:44 and ends around 13:53 on this video below:

This link is from July 29 2019: Good Dog - QBits - TIME MACHINE - Something BIG Is Coming

Shalom In The Midst Of Chaos

It's a crazy upside down world out there, and it will get worse. Chaos and confusion are rampant as the enemy, Satan, pursues and uses the world to beat us down and cause us to give up.

There is a beast, it is the world (political, economic, religious) system, "deep state" if you will, that seeks a world peace without God and His ways. It deceives, but can only truly use tyranny and death to rule and we have an ongoing battle with it. It is not a "conspiracy theory" as some might call it. It is Biblical.

We all desire peace on earth and good will toward men and we strive for it as we are commanded to (Hebrews 12:14). We also know that as followers of Yeshua we are not to compromise with the world, yet that non-compromise will cause conflict and the world will hate us for not being like them (John 15:18). We are to continually stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13) and oppose and expose evil (Matthew 21:12-13, Acts 19:13-16).

This is not a contradiction, but a declaration of truth, that we can love without compromising our faith and we can share the truth of the Gospel even when the world calls it "hate" speech (and they do). Speak truth in love for the benefit of others (Ephesians 4).

Jesus reminds us that we will not have true everlasting peace in the world until He returns (Revelation 21:4, Matthew 24:6-7). But for believers. His Shalom in us, transcends all understanding and guards out hearts and minds in Him (Philippians 4:7).

So often I search for words to say, and I discover that God has already said it so much better. It is funny how Suzanne and I are always on the same subject without consulting one another. That's the Holy Spirit, Folks. Her article, How To Thrive Through The Struggle: Hope In God is right on target also. Oh, I love that sweet sister.

John 14

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Father Revealed

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

The Answered Prayer

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises Another Helper

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Indwelling of the Father and the Son

“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

The Gift of His Peace

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.

“And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

Powerful worship in following link:

Waymaker by Sinach

Psalm 30

Mourning To Dancing

A psalm and song at the dedication of the house of David.

I will exalt You Lord; for you have lifted me up and have not made my foes rejoice over me.

Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.

Lord, You have brought up my life from the grave. You have kept me alive, so I would not go down to the pit.

Sing to the Lord, O you Godly ones of His and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

For His anger lasts but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, but a ringing cry of joyful praise comes in the morning.

And in my prosperity I said I shall never be moved.

Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong. You hid Your face and I was troubled.

I cried to You Lord, and to the Lord I made supplication.

What profit is there in my blood when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?

Listen, Lord! Be gracious to me! Lord, be my helper.

For me, You have turned my mourning into dancing. You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent, Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

This Psalm is special to me. My late husband, who passed from a brain tumor, treasured this Psalm while he was ill and Lord, my God, I cried to you and you have healed me, (verse 2/3) is on his gravestone. If you know the Lord, then that is not strange to you.

My precious Love went to be with the Lord at around 6am on May 3, 2015 just five days before his 65th birthday. The Lord woke everyone up and allowed him to wait until he was fully surrounded by family and friends. About a month after he passed, I saw him in a dream. He was sitting up on a bed in a very bright room dressed in white. He was young and healthy and I understood that he was in conversation with Yeshua. This brief glimpse was a sweet gift to me from the Lord.

Since then my mourning has turned into dancing (Verse 11/12a). I have remarried and although I still miss him every day as I always will, I am girded with gladness (verse 11/12b) and Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever (verse 12/13).

Note: Messianic versions, such as One New Man, Tree Of Life, and Complete Jewish Bible have " A psalm, a song for the dedication of the Temple, of David." as verse 1, so verse numbers are different than KJV, ESV, NIV, etc. I enjoy seeing several versions side by side. One New Man version (as above) is not listed here, but many versions are. Bible Gateway

I was blessed to be able to participate in this psalm project and read aloud. This is my voice in this Psalm 30 video created by Good Dog and Buttercup. Psalm 30: Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

GoodDog is a faithful friend of man and God, who likes to dig up information, finding just the right prize that satisfies our master's call, to also answer when called - and to tirelessly pursue the enemies of man. And when these enemies are finally cornered with truth, hold them at bay until lawful justice can be employed.  Who Is Good Dog?

 

Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Recommended Reading

Excerpts from A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller:

"I am completely satisfied with His management of my life. Why? Because He is the sheepman to whom no trouble is too great as He cares for His flock. He is the rancher who is outstanding because of His fondness for sheep---Who loves them for their own sake as well as His personal pleasure in them. He will, if necessary, be on the job twenty four hours a day to see that they are properly provided for in every detail. Above all, He is very jealous of His name and high reputation as 'The Good shepherd.'" ~Chapter Two: I Shall Not Be In Want

"...it is no mere whim on God's part to call us sheep. Our behavior patterns and life habits are so much like that of sheep it is well nigh embarrassing." ~Chapter 6: He Guides Me In Paths Of Righteousness For His Name's Sake

"Only the strictest attention to the behavior of the sheep by the shepherd can forestall the difficulties of 'fly time.' At the very first sign of flies among the flock he will apply an antidote to their heads.......What an incredible transformation this would make among the sheep. Once the oil had been applied to the sheep's head, there was an immediate change in behavior. Gone was the aggravation, gone the frenzy, gone the irritability and the restlessness. Instead, the sheep would start to feed quietly again, then soon lie down in peaceful contentment." ~Chapter 10: You Anoint My Head With Oil

Order book: A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip W. Keller

Audiobook Chapter 1 on YouTube: A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip W. Keller

A beautiful rendering of Psalm 23 in English, Swahili and Luo, by Good Dog and Buttercup:

Psalm 23 ~ The Lord Is My Shepherd

And sung in Hebrew:

MIQEDEM - Psalm 23 in Hebrew

Building A House: Journal Part 7

Wow! The flower above is Bee Balm which grows like a weed, but every time I see it bloom, I think of this verse, because it is just so spectacular. And then I wondered what to say along with this post, so I looked up the rest of the passage and, Lo and Behold, Yeshua said it all, since I sometimes get anxious about completing this project. But He is faithful.

So I Say to you, do not worry about your life--what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing (and shelter)?

Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your Father in heaven feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothing (and shelter)? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin.

Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

Now if in this way God clothes the grass---which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow--- will He not much more clothe (and shelter) you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear' (or Where will we live)? For the pagans eagerly pursue all of these things; yet your Father in heaven knows that you need all these.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  ~Matthew 6:25-34

Have a Happy and Blessed Fourth of July!!!

Again, a special thanks and Shalom Shalom to Good Dog and Buttercup for their service to Adonai, including their beautiful Psalms Project: Psalm 136 ~ Thanksgiving For God's Everlasting Love

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