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The Israelites Eat the Passover (illustration ...

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                                I was reading in  1 Corinthians 5 1- 8 where Paul is writing to the Church in Corinth about getting rid of a sin which was  retarding their spiritual growth. Verses 7 and 8 state ” Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump , as you really are unleavened. For CHRIST , our Passover lamb ,  has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival , not with the old leaven , the leaven of malice and evil , but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Thank you JESUS!!!

           What GOD is asking us to understand and celebrate is that we are cleansed of the sour and rotting influences of our past lives . The LAMB was sacrificed and we are a new creation made ” unleavened ” by the Power of the Holy Spirit!!! Glory to GOD!!!

    Leaven is a metaphor for sin. The leaven in our lives represents the sin in which we live . Getting rid of all of the leaven in our homes and our lives for one week  merely underscores a willingness on our part to walk sin-free ; Holy. Thank GOD for JESUS!!! We are indeed new creations , cleansed by the sacrifice of a living GOD!!! GOD is Good!!!

    Headed to the well!!!  I am prepared and have ample time for my bread to rise!!!

    I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Angel of the Death

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             I was reading in Exodus 12 where GOD gave instructions to Moses on how to avoid the plague of the firstborn in Egypt. HIS people were to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and place some of  it’s Blood on the sides and top of their doorpost. The Angle of Death  would pass over every house which was covered by the Blood , and thus save the firstborn from Death.  Moses and the Israelites did as they were instructed and thus earned their freedom from Egypt ,from sin. Thank you JESUS!!!

       We are born into sin , born into the “old sin nature “. We are all slaves to our nature up untill that  moment in our lives where in which we decide to be covered by the Blood of the Lamb ,JESUS!!! GOD is Good!!!

     I can not imagine how the people of Egypt felt losing their firstborn in the night. Scripture records that there was a great wailing of pain and remorse for those lost. I myself ,after the previous six plagues , would have been imitating the Israelites!!!  A lost world is just that ; a lost world. Amen!!!

      JESUS is our passover Lamb!!!  The prophet Jeremiah spoke of the New Covenant 600 years before the cross [ Jer. 31:31 ]. This knowledge leads us to believe that our salvation comes by Grace through Faith in the shed Blood of Israel’s Sacrifice Lamb!!!  HIS Blood is the one and only Atonement which is acceptable for our sins!!! We owe JESUS our lives!!!Thank you Lord!!!

       Headed for a walk in the Light!!!

     I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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THE PROPHET SAMUEL. The Fresco Painting. Circa...

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   I was I was reading in 1 Corinthians 14 1 – 33  where  the Holy Spirit Gift of Prophecy was greater than the Holy Spirit Gift of Tongues. I myself agree with the Apostle Paul on this matter. When we put forth Prophesy what we are doing is helping those around us most in need. We understand what is needed and we speak to that need. To speak in Tongues and no-one understand is indeed just like speaking to the air!!! Without a man or woman Gifted with the Gift of Interpretation ,Tongues serve mostly to  Edify those who speak in them . Tongues help the unbeliever believe yet do very little to aid those of us who are ” well seasoned” Christians. As we grow in Christ JESUS we need to develop an expectation which requires more!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

     I wish that all of those who call themselves believers would start to  Speak those things that are not as though they were . We could change the landscape of the entire populace worldwide.  I was speaking to a young man the other night on this matter and explained Life with the Holy Spirt Gift of Prophecy like this ; if we go out in New York City and visualize a fig tree ,speak that fig tree into existence and then start walking toward it , then we can get to the tree and start eating figs. The Holy Spirit has Gifted us with Power!!! We need to walk in that Power!!! Glory!!!

   I Prophecy that that my Love for you continues to grow!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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the other side v9

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        I was reading in Acts 3 1-8 where Peter and John had gone to the temple together at the time of prayer,  and,  seeing a man lame from birth Peter felt compelled to heal him .  Verse Six [6] states   Then Peter said ,  ” Silver and gold I have none ; but such that I have give I thee : in the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth rise up and walk .” Glory to GOD!!!

    When asked about  ” Faith Healing ” I always respond in the same manner . YES!!! I  myself  have been healed from a sickness from which there was no known cure . That was in 1978 and today not only do I feel as though I could overcome the world ;   I have!!!  Thank you JESUS!!!

       JESUS asked us to pray for the sick , we should pray for the sick!!!  Whenever I have an opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit of GOD to work through me , I do. I personally do not want anyone in my immediate family of Blood and friends to feel ill. GOD has made provision for that illness.

   When JESUS went to the Cross HE took our sickness with HIM!!! The whipping in which He endured was to assure us that by the stripes across HIS back we have been healed!!! There is no way in which I could ever repay HIM for what HE has done for me except to say ” I LOVE You LORD !!!”   Mercy!!!

           Allow  GOD to work through you and heal someone today!!! Witness!!!

   I Love you !!!!!!! Mark

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   I was reading in 1 John 4 1-3  where we are to “test’ the spirits around us due to the fact that many false Prophets have gone out into the world. John goes on to write how we can know that the spirit is from and of GOD. Thank you JESUS!!!

 The discerning of Spirits is a Gift from the Holy Spirit. It enables us to distinguish Good from Evil. It makes you aware!!! As a person grows in his or her relationship with GOD a kind and gentile Spirit of Discernment is developed through the Love of all things pure , however ,  the Spirit of Discernment given by the Holy Spirit to those GOD chooses removes any doubt of Good or Evil in our presence. It is a Gift that guards and protects us in our Christian walk. Using this Gift in the Power of the Holy Spirit enables us to walk boldly through life , even should we find ourselves  surrounded by darkness in our callings. Glory to GOD!!!

     Remember , both Good and Evil Spirits operate according to the condition of our souls. As believers we need to awake each and every morning and call upon GOD to dwell within us with HIS Holy Spirit. When we are in constant contact with GOD we find ourselves under HIS Favor and more likely to receive HIS Gifts!!!  Prayer works!!! Amen!!!

    I am so thankful that Spring is in the air!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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holy ghost fire tongues

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  I was reading in  1 Corinthians 12 8-11 where one of the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit is the Gift of Tongues. It seems as though most of the people who I deal with on a daily basis have been given this particular manner in which to witness to the unbeliever. They are able to edify ,[charge-up] , themselves whenever possible.  I know from my own personal experiences that when we use a spiritual gift we benefit greatly by the closeness which we feel with our Lord and Savior!!! Glory

           Scriptures mention speaking in tongues Thirty-Five [35] times for a reason . In my humble opinion Tongues is the universal language spoken in Heaven. Regardless of which Spiritual Gifts we have been given , in Heaven we will all speak in Tongues. Thank you JESUS!!!

     Imagine sitting in a room worshiping JESUS and down comes Tongues of Fire which fall on everyone and enables them to speak with GOD. I certainly would have Loved to have been in that group!!! I am Blessed and Highly Favored beyond measure with my walk with our Lord , however , I still would have Loved to have been in that group!!! GOD is Good!!!

       “The Tongues of Angels” ; I am Blessed to know so many Angels!!!

     I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Miracle of Love

   I was reading in Acts 2 16 -21 where GOD will allow us to see an outpouring of Miracles in the ” last days'” to assure mankind of HIS fulfillment of plans!!! Wonders in the Heavens ,  and , signs on the Earth below . GOD is so Good!!!

  Now GOD can perform a Miracle at HIS whim ,or , as a result of anyone’s prayer , however , many of us are given a special anointing so we can carry out our Calling and witness for HIM. It is always GOD working through us , not us , in which the Miracles are performed. All of the Glory belongs to GOD!!! As we minister to others extraordinary “things” occur which simply can not be explained in any “natural” manner. Thank you JESUS!!!

   Miracles are used to point out GOD’S purpose .

Elijah brought down fire , however , it was not to prove that GOD could bring down fire , rather to show Israel the one True GOD. When JESUS healed a man who was born blind it illustrated GOD’S healing Power yet showed how we are to open our spiritual eyes. The raising of Lazarus from the dead showed that Jesus is the Lord of both Life and Death ,and ; the resurrection of JESUS  lets us know that Satan’s power is broken forever!!! AMEN!!!

    My favorite type of Miracle is the Miracle of Multiplication. Just knowing that what I can see for me is not all that there is for me gives me goosebumps. A vision always produces provision and I have lots of visions!!! Glory!!!

   Headed out to pick some plums from my tree. Wait a minute ; I have no plum tree. Time for GOD to show up!!!

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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    I was reading in Acts 1 1-8  where JESUS , who had returned from the dead[having overcome Death] , was telling HIS Apostles of  power which they would receive when HIS Holy Spirit came upon them. JESUS  explained that this power would help them witness for HIM throughout the world.  GOD is indeed good!!!

       Like all persons of the   TRIUNAL GODHEAD the Holy Spirit is a giver of  “gifts” .  There  are a number of Spiritual  gifts which allow us to operate in a manner in which anyone who is a witness to their results would be compelled to believe in  not only the existence of GOD ,but ,HIS power as well. These include ,but are not limited to , the Gift of Tongues , the Gift of Healing , the Gift of  Prophesy , the Gift of Discernment of Spirits ,and the Gift of Miracles . They are given to us as tools in which we witness for HIM all the while helping others. All that we need to do is be Baptized in the Holy Spirit and ask HIM to dwell in us upon a daily basis . GOD will then speak to us as to our specific Gifts ,and , our Calling in them. Thank you JESUS!!!

     GOD in us , what a BEAUTIFUL way in which to live in this every-changing ,ever- challenging world.  JESUS , once the Holy Spirit came upon HIM , walked this world in a whole new manner. We all can as well. We only need to Ask ,Believe ,then Receive!!! Power!!!

     Headed out for a walk in the Prophetic Realm!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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SANO di Pietro Woman of Samaria, 1400s

         I was reading in John 4 4- 42 where JESUS was on HIS way through Samaria in route to Galilee and about noon stopped at  a Well while HIS companions went into Sychar to buy some meat. While HE was at the Well JESUS was met with a woman from town who had come to draw water and HE asked her for a drink.  She not expect the request due to the nature of relations between Jewish people and Samaritans , however , she did not refuse HIM . She went on to learn exactly who JESUS is and what HE had come to offer and then went back into her town to spread the “Good News “. GOD is Good!!!

      In  his prophesy Jeremiah [ 31 31-34 ] spoke of a time where a New Covenant would be ours for the asking.  JESUS was on HIS way. Thank you JESUS!!!

   The woman knew that she had been forgiven her sins . She had met face to face with GOD and had been accepted and approved . She could and would develop a relationship with GOD from inside of herself . She wanted HIS Living Water!!! The Kingdom is from within.  Spirit and Truth was within her grasp. Glory to GOD!!!

      I have a incredible thirst for the Word of GOD .  I do however long for a day in which I will thirst no more. Gotta get me some of that Living Water!!!

   Headed to the Well!!!

 I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Miriam's Song by Samuel Hirszenberg

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           I was reading in Numbers 21 16 -18 where Moses was ordered by GOD to gather the people so that HE may give them Water. The people of GOD , HIS chosen , stood along side of one 12 streams that the dried-up Well normally filled and sang a song to engage the Holy Spirit to bring forth water from the Well and fill the streams. The task of supplying water for over 600,ooo Israelites  was nothing when they acted in unison to engage their Faith. Imagine  the scene as the people told the Well ” Spring up , O Well” and the water overflowed!!! GOD is Good!!!

         Friends , we should have that kind of Faith!!! Moses had come out of Egypt a runaway and found provision at the  Well of  Midian to , years  later , leading his people to another Well of provision!!! In both cases what JESUS was offering was Hope for the Hopeless and rest for the weary. Provision for those in need!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

    In my humble opinion the Wells in the  Old and New Testaments  represent Prayer , and ,what comes forth from the Wells is the Holy Spirit . GOD showing up in our lives to answer our needs. All of them!!! We just need to act on our Faith. If striking a rock brings forth Provision we need to be clobbering rocks , if singing to a Well brings forth Provision we need to be lifting our voices!!!  Regardless of our position in life should the priest daughters need help we need to draw water for them!!! Whatever GOD ask us to do we  need to be obedient and just do it!!! GOD has a plan for us ; we need to understand that plan and partake of the Living Waters in our lives!!! Amen!!!

    Warming up today .I think that I will go and jump in the Jordan!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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