Thursday, April 20, 2017

Home Sweet Home #319

Obadiah: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared the story in the book of Obadiah and how it applies to today.

Spiritual Warfare in Daniel's Vision: The Charm of Home
Then I was sharing what the bible teaches about angels and demons in Daniel's Vision of a Messenger

 There are so many wonderful posts each week, here are a few that I enjoyed.
The Greatest Invitation
The Greatest Invitation by Musings of a Vintage Junkie.

Spring Cross Wreath

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie by Olla-Podrida via Southern Living.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daniel's Vision of a Messenger

There is a battle going on daily that is not visible to the naked eye. The battle is one of spiritual warfare between heavenly angels and demonic powers.

In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship.
When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks. All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.
On April 23, as I was standing on the bank of the great Tigris River, I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist.  His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people.
                                                                            Daniel 10:1-6
A vision of Jesus given to Daniel by a heavenly angel.
His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Revelation 1:14

"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze:
                                                                                                                                                                                           Revelation 2:18

Only I, Daniel, saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide. So I was left there all alone to see this amazing vision. My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak. Then I heard the man speak, and when I heard the sound of his voice, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground.
Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling.
Believers that humble themselves in prayer to God, your prayers are heard. But, the spirit princes of the earthly realm (demons/fallen angels) try to block our way.
Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. 
                                                                            Daniel 10:7-13
“At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued.
                                                                             Daniel 12:1
Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”
While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.”
Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!”
                                                                        Daniel 10:14-19

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
                                                                         Isaiah 41:10
As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”
He replied, “Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come. 
                                                                          Daniel 10:20
The heavenly angels have been at battle for the Lord since the fall of man. We are never to pray to angels, never!(resource) But, the Lord will command the heavenly angels to do his will.
That night the angel of the LORD went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.
                                                                          Isaiah 37:36
Meanwhile, I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one helps me against these spirit princes except Michael, your spirit prince.
                                                                         Daniel 10:21
"At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise. Then there will be a time of anguish greater than any since nations first came into existence. But at that time every one of your people whose name is written in the book will be rescued.

                                                                          Daniel 12:1

A basic understanding of spiritual warfare is a great tool to have in your Armor of God. We are watching this warfare play out daily.  It sometimes looks like politics and news headlines but there is something much bigger going on here. 

All glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry


I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

Monday, April 17, 2017

Obadiah

Obadiah: The Charm of Home

Today we get  a reading from the shortest book in the old testament.  This prophecy is a bitter cry for vengeance against Edom for its crimes against Israel.   

Edom’s Judgment Announced

We have heard a message from the Lord
    that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say,
“Get ready, everyone!
    Let’s assemble our armies and attack Edom!”
 The Lord says to Edom,
“I will cut you down to size among the nations;
    you will be greatly despised.
                                                                  Obadiah 1:1-2

I will accomplish this by the hand of my people of Israel. They will carry out my vengeance with anger, and Edom will know that this vengeance is from me. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!
                                                                   Ezekiel 25:14

But Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom will become a wilderness, because they attacked the people of Judah and killed innocent people in their land.

                                                                   Joel 3:19

God hates the sin of pride. The sin of pride puts you above God and no one, I repeat no one, is above God!


You have been deceived by your own pride

    because you live in a rock fortress
    and make your home high in the mountains.
‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’
    you ask boastfully.

                                                                Obadiah 1:3

For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.

                                                                     Isaiah 14:13

Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds,

                                                                    Job 20:6

God will set the path of the prideful straight.


But even if you soar as high as eagles

    and build your nest among the stars,
I will bring you crashing down,”
    says the Lord.
                                                                   Obadiah 1:4

You have been deceived by the fear you inspire in others and by your own pride. You live in a rock fortress and control the mountain heights. But even if you make your nest among the peaks with the eagles, I will bring you crashing down," says the LORD.
                                                                                                                                                                        Jeremiah 49:16
 ]]“If thieves came at night and robbed you
    (what a disaster awaits you!),
    they would not take everything.
Those who harvest grapes
    always leave a few for the poor.
    But your enemies will wipe you out completely!
 Every nook and cranny of Edom
    will be searched and looted.
    Every treasure will be found and taken.

“All your allies will turn against you.

    They will help to chase you from your land.
They will promise you peace
    while plotting to deceive and destroy you.
Your trusted friends will set traps for you,
    and you won’t even know about it.
 At that time not a single wise person
    will be left in the whole land of Edom,”
    says the Lord.
“For on the mountains of Edom
    I will destroy everyone who has understanding.
 The mightiest warriors of Teman
    will be terrified,
and everyone on the mountains of Edom
    will be cut down in the slaughter.


This story can apply to today.  Any crime against Christians is also like Edom's crime against Israel.

Reasons for Edom’s Punishment

 “Because of the violence you did
    to your close relatives in Israel,
you will be filled with shame
    and destroyed forever.

                                                                  Obadiah 1:5-10

This is what the LORD says: "The people of Edom have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! They chased down their relatives, the Israelites, with swords, showing them no mercy. In their rage, they slashed them continually and were unrelenting in their anger.
                                                                   Amos 1:11

11 When they were invaded,
    you stood aloof, refusing to help them.
Foreign invaders carried off their wealth
    and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem,
    but you acted like one of Israel’s enemies.
12 “You should not have gloated
    when they exiled your relatives to distant lands.
You should not have rejoiced
    when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune.
You should not have spoken arrogantly
    in that terrible time of trouble.

                                                                  Obadiah 1:11-12

Don't rejoice when your enemies fall; don't be happy when they stumble.
                                                                                                                                                                        Proverbs 24:17

13 You should not have plundered the land of Israel
    when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have gloated over their destruction
    when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have seized their wealth
    when they were suffering such calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the crossroads,
    killing those who tried to escape.
You should not have captured the survivors
    and handed them over in their terrible time of trouble.

Edom Destroyed, Israel Restored

15 “The day is near when I, the Lord,
    will judge all godless nations!
As you have done to Israel,
    so it will be done to you.
All your evil deeds
    will fall back on your own heads.

16 Just as you swallowed up my people
    on my holy mountain,
so you and the surrounding nations
    will swallow the punishment I pour out on you.
Yes, all you nations will drink and stagger
    and disappear from history.
17 “But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape;
    it will be a holy place.
And the people of Israel will come back
    to reclaim their inheritance.
18 The people of Israel will be a raging fire,
    and Edom a field of dry stubble.
The descendants of Joseph will be a flame
    roaring across the field, devouring everything.
There will be no survivors in Edom.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!
19 “Then my people living in the Negev
    will occupy the mountains of Edom.
Those living in the foothills of Judah
    will possess the Philistine plains
    and take over the fields of Ephraim and Samaria.
And the people of Benjamin
    will occupy the land of Gilead.
20 The exiles of Israel will return to their land
    and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as Zarephath.
The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north
    will return home and resettle the towns of the Negev.
21 Those who have been rescued will go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem
    to rule over the mountains of Edom.
And the Lord himself will be king!”

                                                               Obadiah 1:13-21
 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.
                                                               Zechariah 14:9


Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven:
“The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,
    and he will reign forever and ever.”

                                                      Revelation 11:15

The Lord will return and he will restore his Kingdom and take it away from the evil that is now in control. We will live to see this. Have faith, children of God, he is coming.


All glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings