Hope for restoration (Jeremiah 31:1-14)

“In that day,” says the Lord , “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. 

This is what the Lord says: “Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel.” 

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. 

You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines. 

Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria and eat from your own gardens there. 

The day will come when watchmen will shout from the hill country of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord our God.’” 

Now this is what the Lord says: “Sing with joy for Israel. Shout for the greatest of nations! Shout out with praise and joy: ‘Save your people, O  Lord , the remnant of Israel!’ For I will bring them from the north and from the distant corners of the earth. I will not forget the blind and lame, the expectant mothers and women in labor. A great company will return! 

Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. 

They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble. For I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my oldest child. 

“Listen to this message from the Lord , you nations of the world; proclaim it in distant coastlands: The Lord , who scattered his people, will gather them and watch over them as a shepherd does his flock. 

For the Lord has redeemed Israel from those too strong for them. 

They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the Lord ’s good gifts— the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds.

 Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone

The young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration. 

I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing. 

The priests will enjoy abundance, and my people will feast on my good gifts. I, the Lord , have spoken!”
Jeremiah 31:1‭-‬14 NLT

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Where i wanna dwell, now & forever  (Ps.23 & 27)

As I read Psalm 27 I thought about Psalm 23.

Ever recall back to Elementary School, people asking you what you want to be when you grow up or where you want to live?

As I pray, Lord let Your Kingdom come & let Your will be done, I honestly ask, on earth as it is in heaven.

As we call & trust in The Lord we know in Him & by Him our final resting place will be with Him but let us not forget we can dwell in Him & Him in us (under His Lordship & Kingdom Rules) while we are here on earth as well in heaven after we die.

Here are some selected verses from Psalm 27 followed by Psalm 23:

The one thing I ask of the Lord — the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord ’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Psalms 27:4 NLT

Hear me as I pray, O  Lord . Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “ Lord , I am coming.” Psalms 27:7‭-‬8 NLT

Teach me how to live, O  Lord . Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. Yet I am confident I will see the Lord ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. 

Wait patiently for the Lord . Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalms 27:11‭-‬14 NLT
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. 

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. 

You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23:1‭-‬6 NLT

In Christ, Beetle 

EXTRAS 

God give hope for restoration

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalms 16:11 NLT

This world will fall short but our hope is in our Heavenly Father,  not mother earth. 


GUARD GOD 

Not a dyslexic error…God, not a dog, is my guard.

I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? 

No, my strength comes from God , who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. 

He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! 

Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep

(As I was reading this, this morning, I was dozing off and smiled because God never sleeps so we can)

God ’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you— 

Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.

 God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. 

(Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil)

He guards you when you leave and when you return

he guards you now, he guards you always.
Psalm 121:1‭-‬8 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.121.1-8.MSG

We can sleep & rest. We don’t have to be on guard all the time because God is our guard.

He is our salvation.

When I realize God has sent His Son and then The Holy Spirit and all I need to do is believe I am truly comforted.

He is my righteousness, I have none on my own. 

He is everything to me.

He created & preserves me.

I put my trust fully in Him.

He will pull me through.

In Christ, Beetle 

💿💿💿EXTRAS💿💿💿


How Jesus Treats Sinners

How Jesus Treats Sinners

One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal.

 He went to the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the dinner table. 

Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him.” 

Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Oh? Tell me.” 

“Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?” 

Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.” 

“That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. 

Impressive, isn’t it?

 She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful.

 If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.” 

Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.” That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!” He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Luke 7:36‭-‬50 MSG

http://bible.com/97/luk.7.36-50.MSG

Enough said, Beetle 

https://youtu.be/rJXIugwiN7Q


Airplane Mode 

I’m sure most people know that when a cell phone is set on “Airplane mode”

I can write but no one will read it, unless they are reading over my shoulder. 

Why?

Because while set on airport mode there are no calls, messages or Internet connection available.

I can’t send things out and messages can’t be received.

That raises the question, without an electronic device are we still receiving & sending messages? 

Of course we are.

Now the question is, are they the right messages? 

Food for thought, Beetle 

Where i Turn (Psalm 40:4-8)

Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God , turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,” ignore what the world worships;

 The world’s a huge stockpile of God -wonders and God-thoughts. 

Nothing and no one comes close to you! 

I start talking about you, telling what I know, and quickly run out of words.

 Neither numbers nor words account for you. 

Doing something for you, bringing something to you— that’s not what you’re after.

 Being religious, acting pious— that’s not what you’re asking for. You’ve opened my ears so I can listen.

 So I answered, “I’m coming. I read in your letter what you wrote about me, And I’m coming to the party you’re throwing for me.” 

That’s when God’s Word entered my life, became part of my very being.
Psalm 40:4‭-‬8 MSG

http://bible.com/97/psa.40.4-8.MSG

Turning toward God, following Him, turning my back on the world.

In Christ, Beetle 

More than fashion & delicacies (a look at what Jesus said) You’re worth more than a cheep bird!

Especially since I’ve lost use on my legs I’ve had to fully rely on The Lord. 

I recall when my main source of income was helping others. Now,  my survival depends on others helping me.

Now more than ever I find myself having to fully trust that God will meet all my needs.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:25 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.25.NLT

What do we live for?

Rewards?

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.  When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.  But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.  Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Matthew 6:1‭-‬4 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.1-4.NLT

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.  But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Matthew 6:5‭-‬6 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.5-6.NLT

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.  But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.  Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Matthew 6:16‭-‬18 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.16-18.NLT

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Matthew 6:21 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.21.NLT

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:25 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.25.NLT

Look back at few verses:

“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

Matthew 6:22‭-‬23 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.22-23.NLT

Perception & perspective are so important. When we see things God’s way then we are truly going God’s way.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. 

You cannot serve both God and money. 

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. 

Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.

 And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 “And why worry about your clothing?

 Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.

 They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. 

Why do you have so little faith?

 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 

 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:24‭-‬34 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.24-34.NLT


“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

Matthew 6:25‭-‬26 MSG

http://bible.com/97/mat.6.25-26.MSG

“What’s the price of two or three pet canaries?

 Some loose change, right? 

But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! 

So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. 

You’re worth more than a million canaries. 

“Stand up for me among the people you meet and the Son of Man will stand up for you before all God’s angels. But if you pretend you don’t know me, do you think I’ll defend you before God’s angels?

Luke 12:6‭-‬9 MSG

http://bible.com/97/luk.12.6-9.MSG

Knowing, trusting, growing in faith.

In Christ, Beetle 

Fast from what? 

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
Isaiah 58:6 NLT

http://bible.com/116/isa.58.6.NLT

Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!

Isaiah 58:9 NLT

http://bible.com/116/isa.58.9.NLT

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Proverbs 18:21 NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.18.21.NLT

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

Matthew 7:1‭-‬2 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.7.1-2.NLT

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Matthew 7:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.7.12.NLT

As I read Isaiah 58 and other related passages The Lord clarified what He wants me to fast from.

Going without food, denying ourselves in order to dedicate that time to Him is good & important. Fasting is not just taking something away. It is adding something in its place. This passage tells me the Lord wants me to stop, OR GO WITHOUT -complaining, judging & treating others unfair. 

Living pleasing to Him satisfies & gives me pleasure.

In Christ, Beetle