Ancient Words

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9 “As I looked,

thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
fits wheels were burning fire.
10  A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
ha thousand thousands served him,
hand ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

11 “I looked then because of the sound of athe great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, mthe beast was killed, and its body destroyed mand given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Da 7:9–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

The Scroll and the Lamb

 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne ha scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, reach holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from xevery tribe and language and people and nation,
10  and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard bevery creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

14 And the four living creatures csaid, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Re 5:1–14). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ac 2:37). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, w“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ro 10:15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

7  How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, owho brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 52:7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

15  Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Na 1:15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Eph 6:15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Treasure in Jars of Clay

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but snot forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Co 4:7–10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

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My Down Quilt

It is beginning to get quite warm here now and blessed be to God my down quilt which I purchased in the winter is in two parts. A 8.5 Tog and a 4.5 Tog split. So, putting away the warmer part I thought the quilt would be quite flat but alas. It’s so fluffy. The down in it is so fluffy. One big fluff. Yet, so light.

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Leviticus 12 & 13

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Leviticus 12 and 13, what a lesson in life. When I was a young Sunday School teacher, there was a time when the priest and a nun became good friends and we were all so happy for them. Life without a husband or wife we could only imagine could be very difficult. So we were happy. But the church has their way of disciplining them and the nun was sent to the minister to aids victims. I saw her a year and a half later and she was half her weight and her eyes were so deeply drawn. I learnt in my twenties that some things are wrong. And I kept that lesson in my heart. When I spoke to her about the priests sermon on just immorality, I wondered why he did not preach even just when you think it, you are sinning. I went up to him and mentioned it. And to the nun. That year before. So, when my husband was unfaithful to me, I left Sunday School for I did not think myself worthy to keep on teaching as his sin was my sin as well. Some years back I was exhorted, did I tell you you could get divorced. I felt so bad. I did nothing wrong. It was all the other party. I was only guilty of having fun bowling for my country. So it gets closer to home. Five to six years ago, I noticed one of our bowlers in the street walking near our church but he was across the road. He had all these rashes. Then a year later, the rashes spread. Then two years, it covered his entire body. Face and all. I had spoken to bowlers and inquired all those years and they said he had been across the border and does not come in any more to bowl. He was outside the camp. ie He was no longer welcome in the bowling alley. In Leviticus we learn about boils and scabs and rashes that spread or are healed. In Leviticus we are going to learn about sexually transmitted diseases. I will share my experience about this man. Apparently there are more from those years past who have fallen into the same trap and are paying for it. God is a God of order. His order helps us make the right choices and do the right thing all according to His ways. His ways are higher than our ways. He is an absolute God. In years past I have learnt a lot through PUP studies of Scripture. It has helped me make the right choices in my life. Thinks have not changed. The world is getting worse. The church is getting holier. I hope. I do not know. I can only know my own heart but not the heart of those whom I do not know. Jesus came to fulfill the law and He abided and kept all the laws. He is perfect and without sin. We are exhorted to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. To be holy and He is holy. God is faithful. Everywhere I have walked with Him, He has looked upon me with love by leading me to the right people who have set my feet on holy ground. We are told to study Scripture book by book and I’m doing exactly as instructed by our IST and having so much fun studying Scripture. The thing is how do we teach our children this. Just tell them to go to the bible and study it. Old Testament and New and they will learn and it will be good with them. I’m looking at this from sixty years of walking with the Lord with nearly forty years of study. It’s true. Jesus is an awesome God. And I think further as the day continues, would I be able to love this guy who has all the rash or whatever all over his body. Nah. And I fail. In love. I hate sin as it says in Scripture.

Be Holy As I AM Holy

Called to Be Holy

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, clove one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Pe 1:13–25). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Jesus Is Love

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In my quiet time with Jesus, the cross is ready to be lifted up. In all my years this is the most frightening and heart-breaking time. Jesus is lifted high at the right hand of our Father. This is true. Yet, when He was lifted high on the cross, the pain He had to endure. I do not think any of us can ever imagine or comprehend how much it hurt. We just know that it hurt. It hurt hard and deep. As I kneel down at the foot of the cross, not even daring to cling on tightly to the feet of Christ, as it will give Him more pain. I can only touch His feet gently with my hand and worship Jesus as God. 

It’s tough in this place of devotion with our Lord Jesus who is the Christ. It’s heart-rendering. When I was young, really really young, I was taken to the chapel daily on the way to the market to buy fresh fish. My mother and I would sit and listen to stories about the love of Christ by this one saint. Her name is Sister Alice. She truly is a saint. We are all saints of course. Through the years she would share her experiences she had with Jesus. I listened intently and from then on I started to seek Jesus. To understand. To find this place that she found with Christ. There are many stories but the most important is this of course. When she was old, her face shone. Bright as in the light. It was beaming without creases or lines. Her smile was beautiful. Her eyes shone bright. It was the first and only time we ever looked at her face. She was the same age of my mother but my mother’s wrinkles and lines were evident. But where were hers. There was none. She spent all her days with the Lord. With Jesus. A bride of Christ our Lord. Everyone’s story is different. Mine is so absolutely different it amazes me. Set apart for Christ. I can only be who I am created in Christ. I can only walk where I’m led by the Spirit. We used to sing this song as a child and a teen. Thanks to Grace Assembly Of Singapore for the reminder of this song from the days of my childhood and youth.

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Jesus Is The Gift

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It is truly amazing love. How can this be. I cry too as well, though my Savior is quiet and still. The suffering in Him has quietened His voice. The silence and peace I am experiencing in this place of absolute pain is heart-breaking. I suffocate during the day and choke so I take the sword which I have been given and plunge it down my throat again and the suffocation is not longer and wonder why. I have ever been this questioning person. Since a child of seven I have tried to understand what this all means. Never would or could I have ever imagined that I could find this place so intimately with Jesus. Since my twenties, Jesus has been calling me to this place and as the years pass I enter deeper and higher into His Presence in this most unhappy place. My heart is saddened and downcast. And then I wonder and ask, where is the sweet sweet aroma, Abba Father. I cannot smell it. I cannot smell the sweet sweet aroma that has satisfied Thy wrath O Abba Father. Perhaps, next year. Next time. Perhaps tomorrow. Indeed, I have come far and wide and deep and high. So, I kiss the lips of our Lord, Jesus who is the Christ. The tears water the blood caked patches on His face and my lips are once again filled with the blood of the Christ. His eyes still dark, not beautiful and brown and shiny like they are in His glorious appearing. Sin has taken a toil on the body in flesh of our Redeemer. It is a melancholy place. Deeply saddening. And the tears cannot stop running down my cheeks unto the cheeks of my beloved Savior. Even mine own eyes are saddened deeply and downcast in this holy place. Knelt down low and face buried in my battered and bruised Savior. 

 

And I thought I was being cleaver asking this rhetoric question …………. as …………

‘Who AM I’ 

Jesus speaks to my heart. 

Our God, He is a funny God. He has such a good sense of humor. 

‘You jest Lord Jesus in this most terrible time,’ is my reply as He answers me. The tears stream down my eyes, as Jesus speaks to me.

Indeed Easter is a time of deep reflection and time with Jesus in His suffering. Been called to this place since aged seven. And I have answered this call by being with Him. When He calls. This place is not for the faint of heart nor the weary nor the fearsome. It is a place of holiness and awesomeness. In this place HE is God. Jesus is God. 

 

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