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“To the praise of the glory of his grace” – what a beautiful phrase, amen? God’s grace came from His love for His creation! Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines grace as:

Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.

Christ’s love for His creation was so great that He became the “source” for our salvation. That free unmerited love and favor of God is overwhelming when one meditates on it. How can He love me???? I fail Him daily yet He loves me. That love is certainly unmerited and I don’t deserve His favor. This unmerited love and favor has made us “accepted” in The Beloved. Once we are born again, Jesus becomes our Lord and Saviour. He should be Lord of our hearts and our love for Him should reflect what He did for us, amen?

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Unitarians believe that Jesus Christ is one of the creations of God, not the Second Person of the Trinity. Arians believed this as well. Jesus Christ was not created but is in fact the Creator.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Rev 2:8  And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

It makes sense when we read this verse and see that Jesus is the “firstborn from the dead.” He died on that cross and arose on the third day so that we can have new life in Him. He was the beginning of the Church, the Chief Cornerstone through His sinless life, death, burial and resurrection.

Christ was there in the beginning; He created all things and, therefore, this gives Him the right to be Saviour of His creation. Praise the Lord for His unending mercy and His grace!

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The Beginning and the End is such a beautiful title for our wonderful Saviour! There is nothing left to be said about this name because it is first and last and the beginning and end; there is nothing more. When you read a book, you read it from beginning to end and you have completed the book. Jesus Christ created all mankind and is Saviour of all mankind if we accept His work on the cross as payment for the penalty of our sin. There’s nothing more to add and nothing to take away!

Praise Him!!

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Good morning, dear reader! I hope you’re enjoying this devotional series. It’s a blessing to me to be able to see the Saviour of all mankind in the different titles presented. Today’s is no exception. Noah Webster defines “author” as:

AU’THOR, n. [L. auctor. The Latin word is from the root of augeo, to increase, or cause to enlarge. The primary sense is one who brings or causes to come forth.] One who produces, creates, or brings into being; as, God is the author of the Universe.

Every word in the scriptures is there for a reason. The word “author” is no exception. Is it any wonder that this word is only used three times in the bible? They all appear in the New Testament and all refer to Jesus Christ!

1 Cor 14:33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This Author is responsible for our eternal salvation! He paid the price with His sacrifice on the cross, ONCE for ALL (Heb. 10:10)! Praise the Lord! Only a Perfect sacrifice could obtain our salvation. Amen? Thank You, Jesus!!

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Good morning, reader! Just what does “Author and Finisher of our faith” mean for us? Why is this verse even in the scriptures? Author denotes the One who wrote or created the work, correct? Of course, Finisher denotes the One who ends/finishes something: like one who finishes a race. The Apostle Paul used the words “good fight” twice in the scriptures:

1 Tim 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Tim 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

When one puts together these two titles for Jesus, we see that He is the One who “authored” what exactly one needs to be saved. In the Old Testament, Israel had to offer sacrifices for their sins. These offerings would never wash away their sins. The Author of salvation knew that He would have to come to earth to form a new testament: a testament that would be complete. The price for sin would be paid in full, amen?

Heb 10:9-12  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  (10)  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  (11)  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  (12)  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

The Author of our faith is also the Finisher in verse 12. Christ’s sacrifice for sins is FOR EVER. You can’t get more complete than that! \o/ Thank You, Jesus!

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Isa 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
John12:38  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,  40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.  41  These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.  42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

I absolutely love this name of Jesus! Our salvation comes from one who cares and loves us. He reaches for us with compassion, knowing what we are going through. How do I know this? Firstly, I know from experience during my husband’s illness. I felt as though Christ Himself reached out to grab me in my despair and how His love shined through. Secondly, I know this because of the scriptures.

Mat 14:30-31  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  (31)  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and he asked Jesus if he could join him there. However, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked around at the storm around him, he began to sink. But notice in verse 31: immediately Jesus, the Arm of the Lord, stretched forth and caught Peter.

Jesus’ words are piercing in that same verse. “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” As we grow in our knowledge of Christ, our faith increases. That increased faith can only come by tribulation – how else can one learn to trust? Peter’s faith was new so we cannot be so quick to judge his lack of faith. Amen? But for those of us who have been saved for a while, our faith should be strong enough to endure the tribulations that come our way. If our trust in the Lord is little, that means our faith is little. Growing that faith will help you in tough times!

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Good morning, dear reader! I can’t believe that half the year has passed already! It seems that time goes faster the older we get, amen? Since our time is so short, it is even more important that we be proclaimers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let others know about His saving power, amen? Today’s names of Jesus are two-fold and are packed with blessings!

The Apostle Paul wrote the Book of Hebrews in the first century and it is still blessing Christians to this day! The word Apostle means to send away. How appropriate is that word? In order to spread the Gospel, the twelve Apostles had to go out to preach. They could not remain in their home town or else only those would hear. This very definition gives the command to “go ye therefore.”

Joh 16:32  Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

Act 8:1  And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

Act 8:4  Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Act 11:19  Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

In order for the Gospel to spread, the Apostles had to move. Christianity cannot be stagnant. It can’t help but move and spread, amen?

The second half of today’s names is High Priest! That name only appears capitalized once in the scriptures and that is in today’s verse. Christ’s name, in this case, tells us that He is the One and Only High Priest – the ultimate High Priest!

Heb 9:11-12  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  (12)  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

The Jews’ high priest could not qualify to remove sins. Their sacrifices could not redeem mankind. But the Perfect High Priest, Jesus Christ, shed His own blood so we could have eternal redemption through Him! Praise the Lord!!! \o/ How appropriate are these two names, amen?

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Psa 2:2-3  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  (3)  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Good morning, reader! It’s a beautiful day when one has the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her Saviour! Amen? It can be raining outside, but the Son is shining on the inside! Today’s name of Jesus is especially a blessing because it is one of the titles that reveals Christ’s loving sacrifice to save us from our sin. The word anointed, according to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, is defined as:

ANOINT’ED, n. The Messiah, or Son of God, consecrated to the great office of Redeemer; called the Lord’s anointed.

We will cover the Redeemer title later in this blog but for the moment, let’s discuss “Anointed.” God knew that mankind could not possibly gain entrance into Heaven on its own. God created man in His likeness and does not want that we should suffer eternal punishment because of our sin. It is CHOICE that determines our eternal destiny, amen? We CHOOSE to either follow after Christ or to remain in our sinful ways.

Christ CHOSE to leave His Heavenly throne, put on flesh and live a sinless life. He was set apart for this very task. He was anointed to die on the cross so that His blood would be the one and only sacrifice that would be accepted by God. Man’s sacrifices (an animal’s blood or man’s works) cannot provide redemption. Only the blood of the Anointed One will do.

Praise the Lord for this attribute! It helps us to understand Christ’s nature, His willingness to die for us and His ability to save us from our sins!

Who Was The Angel Of The Lord?

Exo 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

The (or an) angel of the LORD (in Hebrew malakh YHWH “messenger of Yahweh”) is an entity appearing repeatedly in the Old Testament on behalf of the God of Israel. Another expression, Angel of the Presence, occurs only once (Isaiah 63:9).

Isa 63:7-9  I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.  (8)  For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.  (9)  In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

What a beautiful depiction of Christ, amen? The angel of the LORD is known as a “Christophany.” A Christophany is an appearance or an incident where Christ appears as something else. For example, Christ appeared here as the burning bush; He appeared to Paul as a bright light; Jacob wrestled with “a man” in Genesis 32. There are countless appearances made by the angel of the LORD (all in capital letters). There are 1,086 occurrences in the King James Bible of the LORD, all in the Old Testament. LORD, in Hebrew, refers to Yahweh. The fact that Yahweh revealed Himself in various manifestations in the Old Testament shows that the Trinity is present. Jesus Christ is the Angel of the LORD (messenger of Yahweh), the mouthpiece if you will.

Since the New Testament was written in Greek, we no longer see the word LORD spelled this way. Instead, we have the physical manifestation of Jesus Christ. Christophanies are no longer needed because they had God in the flesh! Praise the Lord for our angel of the LORD, our Saviour Jesus Christ! Amen!

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To me, the phrase “the Amen” shows a finality. We say “Amen” at the end of praying. We also say amen when we agree with what is being said. Noah Webster defines this word as:

AMEN’. This word, with slight differences or orthography, is in all the dialects of the Assyrian stock. As a verb, it signifies to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth, firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English, after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, be it established.
And let all the people say amen. Psa 104.
The word is used also as a noun.
“All the promises of God are amen in Christ;” that is, firmness, stability, constancy.

Jesus Christ has the last word when it comes to salvation. Salvation is only through faith in Him and His complete work on the cross. That work saves all those who believe in Him from eternal punishment for our sins. Christ died for those sins and paid the ultimate price because we could not do so on our own. There’s no way a person can live a sinless life, amen? Therefore, Christ’s sacrifice is complete. He said “It is finished” (John 19:30). That was it. His sacrifice and payment for our sins is the great Amen! Our salvation is established – it is firm – it is stable and it is constant! Praise the Lord and Amen!

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Jesus Christ is known as the Alpha and Omega in Revelation. Why would the Lord select this particular phrase to describe Himself? One has to ask, right? God has a reason for every single jot and tittle that He put in the scriptures so we must dig a little deeper in order to understand. First let’s look at the verses that describe Him as Alpha and Omega. It’s interesting to note that the Book of Revelation begins with Alpha and Omega in the first chapter and ends with Alpha and Omega in the last chapter. It’s, therefore, extremely significant.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

God describes Himself as much in Isaiah 41:4. He makes it clear that He has been there through all eternity, amen?

Isa 41:4  Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

We know from Genesis chapter 1 that God is eternal and He created all things, including time and its history and future. He was there before, during as well as what is to come. In my opinion, I believe God doesn’t see time as you and I see it. We have a very finite view in light of our own existence. But God is infinite and, therefore, He sees not only the present but the past and the future. Because of this, God views time differently than we do.

2 Pe 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

So with God being eternal, He can easily fulfill Revelation 1:8, amen?

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.. 

It’s comforting to know that because Jesus Christ is in the past, present and future, He will guide us toward what is best for us. Praise the Lord for our Alpha and Omega!

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Good morning, reader! I pray that this study is a blessing to you! I know it has been to me thus far. I love studying the names of Jesus because it reveals His character to us. So many titles have been attributed to Him in the scriptures so God must have a reason for this, amen? Today’s name is quite interesting. It shows us that although Christ is known as the second person of the Trinity, He is considered Almighty God. This is not taken lightly. It is because of this that the Jews in Christ’s day were so upset at Jesus revealing that He was God. Jews believe there is only one God.

There are 44 occurrences in the King James Bible of the words “the Almighty.” Forty three of these occurrences are in the Old Testament. Only once is it found in the New Testament and it is in today’s verse. Isn’t that interesting? Christ is God and we are taught this in the New Testament in many verses. The verses below bless me so much because it depicts the Almighty God, Jesus Christ, taking on flesh in order to redeem us! What a great God we serve! Amen?

Php 2:5-7  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  (6)  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  (7)  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

1 Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Joh 8:56-58  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.  (57)  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?  (58)  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Lastly, today’s verse is the “sister verse” to Isaiah 44:6, which states that God, Jesus Christ the Almighty, is the first and the last. What more proof do we need? Praise the Lord! \o/

Isa 44:6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 

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Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Heb 7:14-28  For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18  For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 20  And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21  (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23  And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

Amen and Amen! The Chief Apostle, Jesus Christ, left His word and Holy Spirit with us so that we can be guided by the truth! He is also known as our High Priest. This is the only time in the King James Bible that the words High Priest are capitalized. The earthly high priests of the Jewish faith had to sacrifice daily, not only for their own sins but for those of the people’s. Our High Priest was the perfect Sacrifice for all mankind. He didn’t need to offer a sacrifice for His own sins because He is God and led a sinless earthly life. Therefore, His sacrifice was perfect for all and covers all sin. Because of this, His sacrifice was offered once, for everyone. There is no longer a need for daily sacrifice.

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

We are sanctified through this sacrifice, once for all! Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “sanctified” as:

SANC’TIFIED, pp.

Made holy; consecrated; set apart for sacred services.

Affectedly holy.

Believers in Jesus Christ as Saviour of all mankind are made holy; we are consecrated; we are set apart for sacred services; we are affectedly holy! Not because of our own efforts but totally by Christ’s effort! Praise the Lord!!

Today's Verse - 1 John 2:1-2 (KJV) - Emmanuel Baptist Church

1 Jn 2:1  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:

As we begin this new devotional series, The Names of Jesus, I pray that you will be blessed and that excitement will fill your heart! How can we not be blessed, amen!? Each name given to Christ will give us insight to Who He is and what He represents. It will show us His character and hopefully, we will learn more about Him! So let’s begin, shall we?

Noah Webster defines “advocate” as:

Advocate, in its primary sense, signifies, one who pleads the cause of another in a court of civil law.

This word is only used once in the King James Bible and it refers to Jesus Christ! Notice that today’s verse calls Him, “Jesus Christ the righteous”! Only someone who has never sinned can be our attorney and represent us to the Father? Why? We are justified through Him, we are made free from the penalty of sin, through Jesus Christ.

Rom 3:20-24  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  (21)  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  (22)  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  (23)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  (24)  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Therefore, when we sin, Satan can no longer accuse us before the Father. And if he does, our Advocate, Jesus Christ, is there to represent us. He is able to tell the Father that His (Christ) own blood was shed for our sins and because we are born again in Him, our sin is no longer our debt to pay. Christ has paid that debt for us! Amen and amen!

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They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from Jesus! This the last day for this devotional series! This journey began over a year ago and it amazes me how the Lord has used this to bless me. What I learned from my Sunday School teacher back in 1983 has continued to work in my heart 30+ years later! It has been such a blessing to me and quite an eye opener. I have learned that Jesus reveals Himself throughout scripture and I can find Him pretty much everywhere between Genesis 1:1 and Revelation 22:21. I love how the bible began with God creating and ends with the grace of Jesus Christ.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Rev 22:21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

This grace is shown throughout the entire bible and points us to His mercy and gift. Amen?

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

My friend, I can honestly say that I have done my best to show you how one can be saved. Even if only one person is saved because of this blog, it will have been worth the 150 times I’ve sat and written what God laid on my heart! Please share with me by leaving a comment and let me know if this series has blessed you. I pray you will continue to follow as our next series is going to have you shouting for joy!

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Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to Jesus! It’s God’s love for His creation that drove Him to take on earthly form through His physical attribute, Jesus Christ, in order to provide a perfect sacrifice. Without Jesus dying for our sins, we would be doomed. But His precious blood was shed so that He could bury our sins in the deepest sea, as far as the east is from the west, and we could have eternal life through Him.

At the time of salvation, we are made alive in Him. That is what the word “quicken” means. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it as:

Primarily, to make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state. Rom 4.

We were once spiritually dead because of our sin, but Jesus revived us at the time of salvation and made us to live eternally with Him in Heaven. When we are born, we are born with a soul that will live eternally: either in Hell or in Heaven. When we die, that same soul goes to whichever place we have chosen for ourselves. It is a choice, friend! It is no one else’s choice but your own. No one can talk you out of your eternal sentence of Hell. One chooses to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ or to reject Him and His teachings.

You can be an athiest or you can be a very religious mormon; but without believing that salvation is not by works but a gift of God, you will not be able to enter Heaven.

Eph 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Salvation is a gift from God. Nothing you can do or say will get you into Heaven. Only faith in Jesus Christ alone can get you there.

Hell is a real place and sin has real consequences, dear reader. If you are not born again, you make a choice. There are 54 verses in scriptures that talk about Hell. God does not want you to go there – it was not created for you but for the fallen angels who disobeyed Him. But, again, it’s your choice. There are 551 verses in the scriptures about Heaven. God wrote more about Heaven than He did about Hell because He wants you to go to Heaven to be with Him. He wants you to see what is in store for you. God did not create Adam and Eve as robots who have no will of their own. He wanted Adam and Even to choose to love Him and obey Him. Instead, they disobeyed God and listened to Satan and chose to sin.

Please, reader, search the scriptures and see for yourself. The next blog will be our last in this series of Psalm 119. I pray that you will make a decision to follow Jesus Christ.

It is your choice!

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Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate on Jesus! There are times when all I could do was to turn to God’s word in order to bring peace to my troubled heart. You’ve been there, haven’t you reader? The Lord Jesus brings total peace to the one who seeks Him. Not only does He provide salvation, He provides peace throughout our pilgrimage when we seek Him. Did you notice that David meditated on the Lord? That meditation is what brought the peace!

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The world cannot understand why Christians have peace in their hearts because they do not and cannot know this peace. Only knowing Jesus Christ personally can place that wonderful peace. It makes no sense – I don’t deserve it – I’m thankful for it! My Heavenly Father doesn’t want me to be burdened like this and I’m so grateful!

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When we meditate on what Christ has done for us, everything else falls by the wayside. Our worries fall away like melting snow and they are replaced with the knowledge that the Lord will take care of all matters in our lives! The problems and worries do not go away but the same Jesus that calmed the seas (Matt. 8:26 and Mark 4:39) will calm the storms in your life. The peace I receive is a knowledge that Jesus is there amongst the trials and tribulations and the outcome is for my benefit, no matter what outcome it is!

Psa 119:165  Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “offend” as:

OFFEND’, v.t. [L. offendo; of and fendo, obs. to strike, hit, meet, or thrust against. We use the simple verb in fend, to fend off, to fence.]

To attack; to assail. [Not used.]

To displease; to make angry; to affront. It expresses rather less than make angry, and without any modifying word, it is nearly synonymous with displease. We are offended by rudeness, incivility and harsh language. Children offend their parents by disobedience, and parents offend their children by unreasonable austerity or restraint.
The emperor was grievously offended with them who had kept such negligent watch.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. Prov 18.

To shock; to wound; as, to offend the conscience.

To pain; to annoy; to injure; as, a strong light offends weak eyes.

To transgress; to violate; as, to offend the laws. But we generally use the intransitive verb in this sense, with against; to offend against the law.

To disturb, annoy, or cause to fall or stumble.
Great peace have they that love thy law, and nothing shall offend them. Psa 119.

To draw to evil, or hinder in obedience; to cause to sin or neglect duty.
If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out – if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. Mat 5.
OFFEND’, v.i.

To transgress the moral or divine law; to sin; to commit a crime.
Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, is guilty of all. James 2.
In many things we offend all. James 3.

To cause dislike or anger.
I shall offend, either to detain or to give it.
But this phrase is really elliptical, some person being understood.

To be scandalized; to be stumbled.
If meat make my brother to offend – 1 Cor 8.

To offend against, to act injuriously or unjustly.
Nor yet against Caesar have I offended any thing at all. Acts 25.

To transgress; to violate; as, to offend against the laws of society, the laws of God, or the rules of civility or propriety.
We have offended against the Lord already. 2 Chr 28.

All these definitions can be easily applied to any trial we go through. God’s Word, Jesus Christ, promises peace to those that love Him. Praise Him!!

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I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in Jesus. Have you been in David’s shoes? Have you spent the night crying until daybreak? As I’ve mentioned before, during my husband’s illness, there were times where crying out to God was the only thing I could do! I couldn’t heal my husband. I couldn’t prevent anything from happening no matter how hard I tried. I couldn’t change the situation. My only solution was to hope in Jesus!

Psa 42:11  Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

This is such a beautiful verse! It is the solution for anyone who is crying through the night with despair! When we hope in the Lord, our grief is turned to song and our heart is made “healthy” once again! God does not leave us to despair, dear friend. He

I turned to His word, music and God’s creation to help me through my despair. Whatever it takes, reader, implement this in your life! Praise Him when it is the hardest thing to do. God is faithful and He will help you through this temptation to give in to despair.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Noah Webster defines “temptation” in this verse as “trial.” No trial is above God’s help. No trial will overwhelm you to the point where you give up and give in. The Lord tells us that God will carry you and won’t let you be tried more than you can handle. Each trial brings with it an opportunity to use the circumstances to benefit another.

2 Co 1:3-4  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  (4)  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Take your trial and help someone else! While you are helping someone else, your eyes will be less on you and more on that person’s needs! You are being “Jesus with skin” to that person. Jesus was known as a servant (John 13:12-17) and we can use our trial to minister to someone else.

This same comfort that I received during my husband’s illness can be yours as well!

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I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep Jesus! Praise the Lord! On April 1, 1980, I cried unto God to save me. After that very moment, my salvation was secured by the precious blood of Jesus Christ! No one else can save us, friend. No church, religion, cult, person or leader can save the soul and bring that soul into eternity in Heaven!

Act 4:10-12  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  (11)  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12)  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Friend, I began blogging this topic of Psalm 119 in February 2020. We are almost at the end of this devotional over a year later! In all of them, we have been able to show how Jesus Christ fulfills each of these verses. There is no other like Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind. There is NO salvation in the catholic church. There is no salvation in the LDS church. There is NO salvation in Hinduism. However, the bible says there is ONLY salvation through Jesus Christ.

At this point, only the Holy Spirit of God can work in a heart that doubts this. Nothing I can say or do can change that hard heart. Only the Holy Spirit can move that heart to the knowledge of Christ through the scriptures. I pray that as we wind up this devotional, that you will seek Him!

If you already have Christ as your Saviour and His Holy Spirit dwells in your heart, I hope this devotional series has blessed you 🙂

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I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep Jesus! We are so blessed to be children of the King of Kings! We can cry out to Him and He hears our every word. Just as a child cries out to his earthly father, we can cry out to our Heavenly Father and know that He hears us.

Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Being born again children of God brings us into His family and we can look at Him as our Daddy! He loves us so much and provides us with all that we need to walk this pilgrim’s path!

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

This verse says that God will supply ALL our needs (not just some) as long as they are according to His glory, amen? For example, I can pray that God would provide a Cadillac but He may provide me with a used Chevy. Could a Cadillac be seen by unbelievers as a gift from God? Or would that unbeliever think I was somehow stealing from God’s work? We don’t know the hearts of those that God places in our lives, but God does.

How can we “keep Jesus”? We keep Him by being born again. After that point, He keeps us 🙂

Isa 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

It’s Christ’s righteousness that the Father sees, not ours. It is by His righteousness that we are kept. John 10:29 promises us that no man is able to pluck us out of His Father’s hand! Some believe that the individual can give up his salvation. But that individual is a man! The bible says “NO MAN”! Amen? However, this does not give us a license to sin! Our love for Jesus should move us not to sin!

Born again believers owe their eternal salvation to Christ’s righteousness, not their own. It’s comforting to know that there isn’t anything that I can do that will separate me from God’s love for me!

Rom 8:38-39  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  (39)  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.