Daily Victories

I {you} can do all things {promised in God’s Word} through Christ which strengtheneth me {through Christ who infuses us with his strength}- Philippians 4:13. Not only do we have the God-given right and permission to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) and triumph over life’s negative happenstance, but as we continue walking with Jesus Christ through an understanding of the Scriptures and by way of his daily inspiration, God will continue giving us daily victories through our Lord Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 15:57-15.” ~LMJ~

Rejoice and Be Glad in Mercy

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Psalms 90:14: O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90 is a prayer written by Moses, and in verse 14, he is requesting in his prayer to be satisfied early with God’s mercy. The purpose for mercy is “that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Mercy means the withholding of judgments and/or punishments that are rightfully due us because all men are sinners. Yet God’s mercy can cover us, giving the believers reason to rejoice and be glad. Without God’s mercy upon our souls, life itself could become too stressful, but as we recognize His mercy upon us we can also reciprocate from our innermost beings our heartfelt joy and gladness.

In Psalms 31, David talks about a time in his life when he simply forgot about God’s mercy, thus he lost any joy or gladness until he remembered the mercy of God. Below we can read some of David’s thoughts:

Psalms 31:7:  I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou {God} hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

God knows the troubles that we go through in life, He knows us so intimately that the Bible says He has numbered the very hairs on our heads. Yet even though we do not walk perfectly, God covers for our shortcomings and sins by not only giving us mercy, but also showing mercy to our inner souls so that from within we may be glad and rejoice.

Psalms 31:8: And {God} hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Our God is a refuge from the storms of this life, and can rescue us, setting our “feet in a large room,” meaning the opposite of being grasped in the hand or encased with the devices of our enemies. This is the mercy of God upon our lives, thus David continues:

Psalms 31:9–10:
-9:  Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
-10:  For my life is spent with grief {without acknowledging and accepting Your mercy I am without joy and gladness}, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine inequity, and my bones are consumed.

This Psalm goes to the heart of so many Christian people who refute God’s divine mercy, when all the while God is beseeching us to accept His mercy (Romans 12:1–2), as David had finally done.

Psalms 31:21–24:
-21:  Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. {God’s “marvelous kindness” is His mercy, and in a “strong city” is being in a walled city with protection.}
-22:  For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications {prayers} when I cried {prayed} unto thee.
-23:  O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
-24:  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

David finally realized that all he had to do was to accept God’s mercy and God could take his fears and anxieties from being encased by his enemy’s hands to placing him not only in a large room, but also in a walled and protected city. God’s Mercy gives us plenty of reasons to have Gladness and Rejoicing within our very souls.

Grace – Sought for – Leads to God’s Safe Passages Through the Storms of This Life!

“The birds are still out there making their nests just as they did in the Garden of Eden. Even though these days the birds may be using yarns, strings, plastics, twigs, pieces of wire, or an assortment of other trash to construct their homes, they are still working exclusively for the benefit of man, but with a continuously heavier workload as this earth continues to deteriorate. This work has nothing to do with evolution; rather it is survival and not simply the survival of the fittest, but survival of man.  This is all being done by them to give (provide) man the best possible chance to make their way back up to God’s grace, That they {you and me} should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us– Acts 17:27. You do not find grace by knowing or looking up its meaning, and cannot find grace just because you can read about it in your Bible, as anyone, even sinners of the highest magnitude can read the Bible (and often do), but you find grace when you feel its presence, begin enjoying its uplifting delights in your heart, and follow its path that leads you into its source at the harbor of your heavenly Father’s love for you, and discovers His refuge in Christ and God’s safe passages through the storms of this life (Isaiah 25:4), then grace, true heavenly grace appears in abundance and uplifts the human heart to His Majesty’s loving embrace and guidance through this life and into the next!” ~LMJ~

Searching the Scriptures for the Inherent Testimony

“Jesus said, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me– John 5:39. Jesus was referring here to the Old Testament Scriptures since when he spoke these words, the Gospels and the New Testament were not yet written. The words ye think ye have eternal life were not written to suggest any kind of doubt; on the contrary, think means that the Scriptures reveal Christ to our minds, deep down in our thinking processes. When we think about and contemplate on the Scriptures, we begin receiving true understanding, and believing in God’s Word functions and is accomplished as we bring our biblical thoughts up to the level of recognizing that Christ is revealed to us in the Scriptures.” ~LMJ~

Obadiah – Revealing Our Deliverance

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Obadiah, Jesus Christ is the deliverance that shall be on Mount Zion. He is the hope of Israel, and the Savior of the world.

In the Old Testament, there were no references to the mysteries of the current Church of God living in His grace and enjoying the freedom that would come with Christ and the Church of God which has now become immersed in the grace of God.

The Epistles call the grace period of today a mystery, and it is not recorded in any detail in the Old Testament Scriptures, yet the prophets of old knew beyond any doubt that something was coming between the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow (I Peter 1:10-12).

The sufferings of Christ can be followed throughout the Old Testament, and are written in explicit detail in the Gospels, while the glory of Christ can also be seen throughout the Old Testament, and in the Book of Revelation, as well from many passages now recorded in the New Testament.

In Obadiah 17 we read, “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness.” This is a reference to the times of the glory of Christ and of Israel, still a future event.

Luke 4:17-21:
-17: And there was delivered unto him {Jesus} the book of the prophet Esaias {Isaiah}. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
-18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
-19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
-20: And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
-21: And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

These verses that Jesus read are recorded in Isaiah 61:2-3, but after Jesus read “to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” he stopped reading, he closed the book, he sat down, and then said, “this day is this scripture is fulfilled in your ears.”

In Isaiah where Jesus was reading he stopped right in the middle of a verse of Scripture, which continues “and the day of vengeance of our God.” Why did Jesus not finish the verse? Because the day of vengeance has yet to happen, and if Jesus would have read “the day of vengeance,” then Jesus would have been wrong. However, at that moment in time the acceptable year of the Lord was happening right before the eyes of those living in the first century.

The day of vengeance is a period of time in the future and we should note that that day (which is an entire age, not simply one single day) is specifically a day of vengeance against Lucifer and his legions of Devil spirits, and unbelievers. However, the vengeance of God is not imposed against us in the Church of God, or the believers who will be living on earth during those days.

The conclusion to the day of vengeance was the period of time that Obadiah was speaking of, the deliverance in Zion; it would be the time that the glory of Christ is manifested with his personal presence again on earth when he reigns supreme as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Something incredibly wonderful happened after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, and that was that a new age of divine grace began to be enjoyed by believers.

The age of grace will remain in effect until our gathering together, when we meet Jesus Christ in the clouds above (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Isaiah 61:3 reads, “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” The acceptable year was when Christ was physically here. The day of vengeance is still a future time, but the current time in which we live is represented with only a single comma between: “. . . the LORD, and the day of vengeance. . .”

When Jesus proclaimed the acceptable year, it certainly was; however, he was rejected and eventually crucified. The acceptable year concluded with his sufferings on the cross and then his resurrection ushered in our current age of grace when anyone can be saved.  Today in God’s grace is the day of Our Deliverance because we have believed in our Lord and Savior’s completed work.