God Is Our Buckler (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 18:30:
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried {or is refined}: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

A buckler is a shield, but a special kind of defensive shield that also has a long metal point as an offensive mechanism so as to not only shield oncoming attacks but also to fend them off as well. This is an analogy of our God because He takes care of all those that trust in him. These bucklers were used as body shields and could be raised as an overhead roof to protect from incoming barrages of arrows and spears. God’s point is that He will not allow the forces of darkness to completely engulf us, as Psalms 18:28 promises, “the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” God will manifest Himself as our buckler as we look to His way, which is perfect, and we believe the Word of God that is refined to perfection.

Psalms 18:3:
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our buckler, our LORD and our rock. Many have retorted that “Christians only use the Bible as a crutch because they are weak and feeble,” but I say if that statement was true, then God’s Word would be a crutch that will never break. But it is not an actual true statement, and we can find no Scripture ever referring to God or His Word being crutches for His children, rather He is our rock from beneath, and our buckler from around and above. I’ll go a step further and point out that the unbeliever’s crutch is not having the intestinal fortitude to accept their personal Savior and receive wholeness to walk with God. It takes heart, commitment, and courage to stand and walk with God day by day, and as we rise up to do so, we will discover that our God is the rock of our inner strength, a rock that we can stand on and one that will support us, and one that will never crumble. Our rock will continuously sustain us through any storm coming from any direction (Matthew 7:24-27). Besides, standing on the rock is certainly safer than standing on one’s own abilities without God and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12).

Psalms 18:32:
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Our God and buckler can strengthen us from the inside, out, and cause our way to be perfect. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you,” and Philippians 4:13 promises “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me {or, Christ infuses inner strength into me as The Amplified Bible* records}.” With God on our side (and inside) as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, the sky is literally the limit because “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Psalms 18:33:
He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

A hind is a female deer and as she walks on the steep cliffs where the slopes are slippery, she first places her two front feet to test whether or not the ground could safely support her back feet and her entire weight. Then she jumps up and places her back two feet in the exact spot where her front feet were. Then her young follow her up and down the cliffs, placing their feet in the same places she tests. What the verse is saying is that when we believe and look to God as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, then we will be walking in the steps of His Word. So, if you ever feel you are walking on shaky ground and feeling unsafe in a particular situation, please recall God’s promise to set us on safer and higher ground.

Spiritually speaking, Jesus is our front feet; he tested the ground for us and made sure that when we walk with God, we would indeed have a unique part in helping support the entire body of Christ, as I Corinthians 12:27 informs us, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and {you are} members in particular.” God setteth me upon my high places because we are each a prominent member of the body of Christ in an honored and esteemed place of renown. This is why whenever and wherever we walk with God, our feet will be walking in the place where Jesus Christ also walks, for we have Christ within (Colossians 1:27). Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and he did, and so we can! Jesus left us his “example, that ye should follow his steps” (I Peter 2:21).

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord, Jesus Christ who made our salvation a reality. Today our high places are spiritually at the right hand of God; as Ephesians 2:6 declares, “And {God} hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 59:9:
Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

In times of trouble, worry, or fear, God is your defence and your buckler, and He never thinks any less of you when calling on Him for help. In truth, God continually waits patiently to help in times of need.

So please do not ever feel that you are asking “amiss” when asking (in prayer) for God’s help, because He loves you, and He will never let you down or fail you in any way (Hebrews 13:5). Remember that our God is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

God’s Word guides the believer in the way that He deemed perfect (Psalms 18:30, above), and He also perfects our way to Him (Psalms 18:32, above).

Have a wonderful day standing on your high place, on the rock of God’s magnificent Word, knowing that God is our buckler.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~Joshua J. Marine~

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

II Samuel 22:31:
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Psalm 18:2:
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 91:4:
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Geneses (Plural), Chapter Eight, subchapter One, Continuing From the Beginning

Written By Larry M. Jaynes:

The excerpt below is taken from Chapter Eight of our e-Booklet series on Geneses. We are still a few months out before the whole chapter will be available in an easy-to-download FREE e-Booklet. Here we have several pages from the first subchapter. This excerpt is about Jesus Christ, the second Adam; the more we can learn about the miraculous life of Jesus, the more we will understand details about the life Adam enjoyed on Paradise, and how perfect he really was before falling from grace. Understanding more details about the life of Jesus shows the believer glimpses of what man originally had before the fall, reveals his or her current possibilities when they believe on him, as he said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father {and he has and so we can ― do}” (John 14:12). As well, we will further appreciate in expectation and hope just how rewarding and powerful our eternal futures are to be with him when he shall change our bodies to be “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).

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“. . . Jesus with his first visitation on earth displayed Adam’s qualities and powers for humanity because Jesus was the second Adam. Following are some of the things that Jesus was able to do, and through his abilities we can further learn about the abilities Adam enjoyed. Recall in Chapter Six, subchapter ix. In His Image that Jesus was WITH the wild beasts in companionship and comfort, just as Adam enjoyed them in the garden.

Jesus was able to talk to the wind; in fact, he commanded the prince of the power of the air, and the wind immediately obeyed him. Jesus spoke to the sea, and the powers of the sea obeyed him. Jesus stopped a devilish earthquake from killing his disciples and stopped its destructive rumbling aftershocks by commanding the land and all the powers and foundations it enforces/contains.

Jesus spoke to trees and bushes and they followed his advice, just as Adam enjoyed in the garden. Jesus knew without going into the water where the fish were without having any sonar that we can recognize by our five senses understanding, just as Adam enjoyed with understanding about the ways of whales while he was living in the garden. Jesus showed his fishermen disciples precisely where to toss their nets to catch an abundance of fish. Jesus knew precisely when and where to fish for one particular fish that swallowed a piece of lost coinage that his disciples retrieved to pay their taxes.

Jesus knew precisely what people he never met were thinking, he even knew what people did and thought about in the past, both positive and negative, in charity or in immorality. He knew what people were about to say to him. He knew everything that was in man and what was on their minds as well as what they were hiding (from him) in their hearts, and why they said what they would say to him. Jesus asked and answered questions when he was only twelve years old to the highest authorities of his religion with astounding insight and knowledge, and he still had eighteen years of super grad school of learning to complete (“as my Father hath taught me, I speak”― John 8:28) before he was ready to commence his ministry and finish his Father’s business.

John 12:49:
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

What Jesus knew in the unspoken language of knowing and sensing people’s inner feelings and frustrations was often much more telling than what is actually recorded in our red letter editions of the Bible (read the Gospels with this in mind, and he can begin to teach you untold truths from his heart directly to yours. Jesus is the key to outreach beyond the senses of the natural mind because once born again, “we have the mind of Christ”― I Corinthians 2:16). One good example is found when reading the unspoken communications between Jesus, Simon, the dinner guests, and the woman and notice whose eyes Jesus gazed upon when talking to Simon, and what was said based on hidden information that Simon, the other guests, and the woman held in their hearts in Luke 7:37-50 (this passage brings tears to my eyes because I see how Jesus touches my heart while touching those in the narrative with doctrine or reproof or correction for instruction in righteousness).

Jesus knew precisely what people needed to know, even people he never met before, from questions of healing to sustenance to reproof or to further one’s instruction in righteousness, and when we know what he knew by reading the Gospels, we can realize why he gave some people less understanding of matters in question and why he gave others much more guidance and insight into spiritual truths (i.e., he wasn’t going to tell a fool what only a wise believer needed to know, and he never cast his pearls of wisdom for naught; ”Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise {to value as insignificant} the wisdom of thy words”― Proverbs 23:9; and See Matthew 7:6).

When Jesus Christ walked, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail as he gave so much vision with the fewest possible words, and he delivered these words with pure insight. Yet within those short utterances (text messages), a world of truth and understanding is found because he is the Text Messenger for Heaven’s Holiest.

Jesus even spoke to devil spirits and cast them out of people’s lives. Jesus told devil spirits where to go and/or when to shut up, and the Devil/Satan he confronted and rebuked several times. Jesus could see all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, as Adam once could. Jesus could do anything that he set his mind to do; he met people he knew but changed himself into different likenesses (or forms) at his will, he passed through walls, and entered into rooms that were locked from the inside to bring peace, blessing, and comfort to people.

Jesus miraculously escaped several stoning incidents, passing right through the crowds of rock-slinging citizens, escaping once when his hometown friends and neighbors tried to throw him off a cliff, but he passed straight through the middle of them ― unmolested and unseen. Jesus was completely untouchable, that is until he gave himself for the world, but only when it was his time, the correct time to give his life, in love for “the sin of the world” (John 1:29, 10:17-18, and Galatians 1:3-4), for you and for me (Romans 5:6-11).

Jesus, when he wanted to be recognized, he was and at other times he was not recognized even by people he personally knew. Jesus escaped out of the grasp of soldiers, and out of many dangers and threats against him, and he enjoyed a certain amount of anonymity when it was more expedient for him to minister to individuals in the crowd, and he enjoyed notoriety by the masses at times and places of his choosing. Jesus pushed an entire army backwards without doing anything other than speaking truth to power.

Jesus walked on water several times, before as well as after his resurrection. Jesus instantaneously transported himself through the heavens and back. Jesus was in touch with the entire cosmos as he is the bright and morning star, and he had twelve legions of angels at his beck and call just as Adam had and understood the names and meanings of stars and constellations and enjoyed watching the night stories revealed in the heavenly amphitheater.

Jesus had the use of his five senses to the nth degree, using 100% of his mind all of the time. Jesus could smell, hear, taste, see, and touch to a greater extent than all of his contemporaries combined. Jesus could eat or not at his own choice, and he could enjoy nourishment that his disciples “knew not of” (John 4:32) and neither do we, but we do know for certain that Jesus knew of the “hidden manna” (Revelation 2:17).

Jesus was able to see into people’s hearts who he never met but still understood what they thought about in their minds or had done in the past and sometimes let them know his counsel with spot-on judgment calls (John 1:45-51, 4:17-19). Jesus was also able to see what people would be doing in the future and where they were going (Mark 14:12-16). Jesus had insights with super panoramic vision in high definition 3D; he could see whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, whosoever he wanted, and wherever he wanted to see. For Jesus, physically being there was often optional! Jesus once told a women, that he never knew, her entire life story, and in her own words, she said of him that he was “a man, which told me all things that ever I did” (John 4:29). This is only a portion of the abilities that Adam had but lost on Paradise for all humanity and that the second Adam demonstrated in his life as an example to the Redeemed who desire to presently walk “in his stead” (II Corinthians 5:20). In Chapter Six, subchapter ix In His Image we read: “. . . When we can believe in our hearts that we shall make a better world (that will never add up to a day in Paradise), then we can comprehend the reality of our inner desires for deception that soothes the senses. The deception comes from within, from that fallen nature, from that “sin which doth so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1). . .”

Jesus could tell when people in crowds touched his clothing from behind, and he could learn things that other people thought were impossible, including instantly knowing the precise grammar of the ancient languages (he was not a whisperer; he was a Man among men (II Timothy 2:5) in touch with his entire environment as Adam was), and he, as early as age twelve could comprehend the minute written works of Scribes who took a lifetime to begin mastering their trade.

Jesus also transported his apostles and a ship into a desert place, and another time he immediately crossed the Sea of Tiberias with a sailing vessel underfoot (See Appendix Four, Living Miraculously). Jesus turned water into wine, and fed thousands (several times) in miraculous ways.

Jesus spoke and answered questions in various languages because he had the “pure language” as Adam had, and so shall we, when he returns. Today, some academic circles are in panic mode trying to preserve all the languages of earth before some go extinct, which babble of voices commenced at Babel, when in truth they all will be replaced by one language that will be universally understood, the original one that Adam enjoyed, and mankind will have no communication gap between nature or man or spiritual beings.

Jesus healed people and even raised them from the dead, sometimes being great distances away from them, and that without the laying of hands on them; in fact, no one died in his presence, and if he saw a dead person he raised them to complete health. So please do not think that healing cannot come from heaven when we pray. Jesus healed the sick of every disease they had; he gave sight to the blind, he cured people of madness, he restored speech to the dumb, he mended the maimed, and he forgave sins. Jesus lovingly hugged lepers to health, and you and me he came to redeem, love, make whole, restore, reconcile, mend, and give spiritual and eternal life.

These are some of the powers and abilities Adam lost on Paradise and Jesus gave his life as his brother’s keeper to save Adam’s lost children and redeem them back to God, and to regain these powers for anyone who will accept him as their Savior. Jesus gave us even more than we could possibly need, and often we fail to believe for and accept and enjoy these privileges, but we can believe to receive and enjoy these blessings when do not allow the sin nature get in our way (John 14:12, Romans 6:10-18, Ephesians 1:17-23, Philippians 4:13, and Hebrews 12.1). Jesus is the possibilities of us, he is the fleeting shadow of the original creation of us, and he is the hope of all that we will be ― in eternity!

Today we still only know in part about all that Jesus did (John 21:25, I Corinthians 13:10), but soon, when we are changed (if alive when he returns) or raised (if sleeping in hope when he returns) ― then we will all be gathered up on high, perfectly knowing every part, and eternally enjoy it all as our birthright in God’s household (Ephesians 2:19, I Thessalonians 4:13-18), being born again (through Christ,― Galatians 3:16-29, I Peter 1:23, and I John 3:9) into heaven’s royal family (Ephesians 2:22)!

In Acts 17:29 we read that “we are the offspring of God,” and the word offspring means race or posterity because God started the whole human race, but this does not negate the truth that we are born in the lineage of Adam; he was the original prototype. We are, for a lack of a better phrase “knockoffs,” not quite as perfect as the original. Now we are so cocooned within the fall of Adam that it is actually a miracle that mankind is cognizant of anything happening around him in comparison to the physical and spiritual joys which our first parents relished as a norm of the picture-perfect environment of their lives in the original creation.

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These paragraphs will be further detailed in Part Two when we go into the depths of Adam being formed, made, and created and given all the powers of the kingdoms of this world along with all the glory and wealth of them all. But then, in the fall of man all was forfeited for the knowledge of good and of evil; all of Adam’s spiritual powers exchanged hands and a new Possessor took complete control as mankind was defeated and depleted of inner peace and exuberant powers and communication skills with all of nature that allowed him to be in perfect harmony with the entire creation and with perfect fellowship with God his Father. . .”

Treasures of the Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we have been reviewing, I and II Corinthians are clearly a treasure chest of knowledge and wisdom of God’s loving heart. It is ironic to me that the Epistles of Corinthians have received such a bad rap through the years to the point that these two Epistles are the most rejected and scorned of all the Epistles in the Word of God. Corinthians contain so much wondrous truth, and believe me when I say that we (including anyone who has researched the Scriptures) have just begun to scratch the surface in our quest for the treasures of God’s wonderful Word. I sincerely pray that the Bible bytes regarding Corinthians have helped your understanding God to a much greater degree.

You may notice when you are reading from the Epistles that many of the verses appear to be somewhat difficult to understand, and you may also wonder why this is; after all, the King James Version is not really too far off from our modern day English. It is not because something is wrong with your comprehension and understanding; rather it is because God reveals His Word in precious increments (or like a Bible Byte), only to the meek and tenderhearted. In a lifetime one could not fully grasp all of God’s Word; however, God opens a genuine understanding from His pure heart day by day as we continue looking into the Scriptures willing to receive heavenly nurturing.

II Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We have received a heavenly treasure deep within our souls, in mortal earthen vessels, a treasure that reveals the words of God to our minds and understanding proportionately to our acknowledgment that God has given us the power to receive from Him, and He alone reveals His precious treasures (I Corinthians 3:6; Colossians 1:27). In II Corinthians 4:7, God wants us to understand that the ability and power to receive from Him is at His own discretion rather than ours, but which He freely gives according to our believing. As we continue receiving an understanding of the Word of God, the treasures therein will become manifested out into our lives simply by our believing as His Word instructs.

II Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The light that God commanded to shine out of darkness is spiritual light shining out of our hearts and is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The “face of Jesus Christ” means the countenance, the radiance, and the power of Christ that is laden within our earthen vessels is released just in the same way it was when Christ himself physically walked on this earth (John 14:12).

The treasures of the heart that God has given to us are phenomenal and as we continue walking with God, the true spiritual life of His Word will continue growing in the tender and fertile ground of our earthen vessels. So today as we continue living with this heavenly treasure in our lives, let us continue to allow God’s Word to water and stimulate the implanted and treasured healing Word in our hearts with the eternal blessings of the divine graces of our heavenly Father.

He That Believeth on Me

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

In a past Bible Byte, we looked at this verse, but now we go to the heart of the question. Philip and the rest of the Apostles wanted more proof that God was real, and Jesus in explaining the question more fully says “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Jesus was God’s Ambassador, God’s Son acting on God’s behalf, so that Christ was the epitome of God’s love in practical living, for he was the incarnate Word (John 1:14a). Jesus had the power of attorney to act in his Father’s stead, and the works that Christ had done were literally done by the power of God in him.

John 14:10-11:
-10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
-11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

In verses 10 and 11 we have Jesus explaining to his disciples that believing was the very key to recognizing and experiencing God (the Father). He further explains that if his words were not enough for them to believe, then they would be able to believe because of the very sake of the works that Jesus Christ had done, for they were the very proof of God Himself.

John 14:12 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do {of which God Himself energized} shall he {you} do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This verse is almost unbelievable, yet Jesus says that it is so, and when we believe it, it will be so. Many have speculated about what these “greater works” really are, some believe it is the receiving of the holy spirit, but others think that the “greater works” are speaking in tongues, and others think being born again are the “greater works.” However, “greater works” is all of this and more, much more! It is receiving with God’s divine grace everything that Christ made available by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Today, we can be receiving and living the more abundant life, and it is so much greater because it is currently ours.

The “greater works” is the life that Jesus made available and gave to us in grace. It is spiritual freedom to personally as well as passionately walk with God as our Father, and with Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is your believing to receive the greatness of all the good works the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians), reveals to you in divine grace.  When you receive the Word of God and believe it, you will absolutely begin walking in the fullness of all Christ made available to you, and you will be living in and enjoying those greater works!