Trusting in Jehovah

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3:
Trust in the LORD {Jehovah}, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the LORD, Jehovah is the first step in receiving (from our God) the true inner desires of our hearts. Without trust, we cannot really believe in Jehovah to answer our prayers. Thou shalt be fed means that the LORD supplies our personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4:
Delight thyself also in the LORD {Jehovah}; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First, we trust in the LORD, and secondly, we delight also in the LORD, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement, it will be Jehovah’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts. The above Scripture not only informs us that Jehovah will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our hearts, and then shows us how to receive and achieve our goals.

You see, there are times in life when we may not even know the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of our talents, or why we were put on this Earth, let alone have the desire to accomplish goals. However, Psalms 37:4 reveals that Jehovah can even give us the desires of thine heart meaning that He will first give us an actual desire, and then He will inspire us with focus and direction to start us on an action path so that our desires can come to pass.

Trust this, the LORD Jehovah will never give you a desire that you are unable to pursue in life, rather it will be something that specifically you will love to do and you will love to fulfill the full potential of that desire.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD {Jehovah}; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of thine heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving and shining with effervescence because you will receive the desires of your heart and truly enjoy them. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto Jehovah, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When Jehovah gives you the desires of your heart, you will know without a doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of Jehovah’s noonday, in the sweet spot of life being in the favor of the LORD, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

Psalms 37:40:
And the LORD {Jehovah} shall help them {believers}, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

In the Old Testament times since Moses, Israel began to truly understand that God wanted a real heartfelt relationship with them so intimate that they would know him as Jehovah. Moses partnered with Jehovah and led Israel into the Promised Land of milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 8:7-9:
-7: For the LORD {Jehovah} thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
-8: A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
-9: A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

Jehovah helped Israel by parting the Red Sea and allowed them to pass through on dry ground (Exodus 14:21-22).

Jehovah’s personal relationship with Israel was so palatable that when they believed on His presence, He helped Israel by feeding them with manna (Exodus 16:35, and in Psalms 78:25, manna is called, “angel’s food”).

Jehovah helped Israel by giving them quail in abundance (Numbers 11:31-32), and He gave water that flowed abundantly from desert rocks (Exodus 17:6).

Jehovah helped Israel by proving to them that He was watching over and protecting them, by surrounding them with the physical signs such as the cloud in the daytime and a wall of fire in the nighttime as evidence of His presence (Exodus 13:22).

Often at night in Sinai, the temperatures could drop down to below freezing, and the wall of fire gave the children of Israel not only a feeling of protection but also warmth. As well, the cloud by day would keep the soaring heat down, which normally rises to an average of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We suspect that every place Israel walked for forty years maintained a constant and comfortable seventy two degrees, night and day, this in a land that was considered as hot as a sweltering iron furnace: “In the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace” (Deuteronomy 4:20, Jeremiah 11:4).

The children of Israel began knowing Jehovah and His personal help, daily seeing His wondrous works (Psalms 105:38-45).

Jehovah’s relationship with them became so magnanimous that He even kept their clothes and shoes mended (Deuteronomy 29:5), and sickness almost became a forgotten memory during the entire forty-year journey over to the Promised Land of milk and honey (Psalms 105:37), and this was their reward for partaking in the LORD’S Passover.

Nehemiah 9:21:
Yea, forty years didst thou {Jehovah} sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

Yet Moses even with his great understanding of Jehovah, only had glimpses and shadows of his Savior to teach, and this was true with all of the Old Testament Prophets who taught and wrote the Scriptures. Each Prophet added more unique revelation of the coming one, and Jesus did fulfill all their combined foresights of revelation in the Gospel age relating to his first coming, and paved the way for his second coming as the Lord of lords and King of kings.

Today in comparison, we have the benefit of having in our possession the whole of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and New Testament.

In the first century, with the personal presence of Jesus Christ, he finally and fully declared God’s wonderful name, and showed Israel the ultimate manifestation of Jehovah’s loving relationship through his own life’s example. Jesus was the representative of Jehovah’s heart and love (John 3:16) beyond what anyone ever knew, and today we are certainly blessed:

Matthew 13:16-17:
-16: {Jesus is speaking} But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear {emphasis supplied}.
-17: For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men {in the Old Testament times} have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them {while today we see and hear}.

As Israel recognized and experienced the presence of Jehovah in the Old Testament times, we today may experience a continual relationship with Him. Jesus, being much like Moses who was a deliverer of the chosen of God, is a much greater deliverer, for he enabled anyone, anywhere in the entire world who would simply believe to receive eternal life.

What inestimable value and benefit to know for a surety that we not only have eternal life but also our reserved seating at heaven’s throne!

Jesus (who is already at the throne, interceding for us) is the subject of Scripture; he is our true spiritual fountain of life-giving water offered by Jehovah. Jesus reveals the caretaking qualities of God as Jehovah to the searching hearts of men and women who come to Jehovah through him.

Knowing the Praise of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of {from} God.

This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us “then shall every man have praise of God.” The word “of” is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God! Some Christians today (not understanding the Scriptures) are still fearful of the wrath of God and His judgments. However, and thankfully according to the Bible, we have been delivered from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Praise God! We can become so thankful for Christ, and all that he has done for us, and for the wonderful hope of our future to be able to stand with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Lord our God receiving His actual praise. He is our righteous Father, and He is Spirit, and He is Light, and He is Love. We can walk with the Lord our God in a loving relationship that indeed dispels all our fears, as we continue walking in the spirit, in the light, and in the love of His own glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14:
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which {holy spirit of promise} is the earnest of our inheritance {it is a token and guarantee of so much more to come} until the redemption of the purchased possession {that’s you}, unto the praise of his glory.

Not only will we receive the praise of God, but also the praise of God’s own glory is upon our very lives today! The reason why is because we believed the Gospel of our salvation (period)! In our families, we have many rights and privileges handed down to us by our fathers; it is the same with our heavenly Father. He has graciously allowed us to walk in the praise of His own glory for us.

Philippians 1:11:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness {another privilege}, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Righteousness means to be able to stand before our heavenly Father without fear or condemnation, and when we live fearlessly in righteousness, we will be delivering up to God glory and praise. Understanding God and His Word is certainly a wonderful thing. I pray that you have a magnificent day living and enjoying all the fruits of your righteousness that the completed work of your Savior, Jesus Christ made available to you.

Jesus Said, I Am . . . The Truth. . .

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus said in the Gospel of John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth . . . no man cometh unto the Father, but by {through} me.” Jesus is not only the way to the Father but he also is the truth. Today we will be looking at the word “truth” in the Bible to gain a greater understanding of what the truth really is, and what it means to the individual believer.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work {God’s creativity} is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

First, it certainly is a blessing to know who “the Rock” really is. God is from everlasting to everlasting and He is always here for His people. One of the ways that God manifested His truth to His people was in giving His Son to the world (John 3:16), so that people could see the love of God in manifestation. Jesus said “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9), because God was in Christ reconciling the world (I Corinthians 5:19). The word “judgment” relates to the ways of God, for He is the eternal judge in matters of the human heart, showing man what is spiritually “just and right.”

“Judgment” means to bring matters to the rule of right, to administer justice, to recompense justice to the wronged (some of which will be dealt with in the last day). Anyone who becomes saved receives from the right hand of God His divine acquittal and a right to their spiritual inheritance that God in Christ gives. This is why God is the “God of truth” for He is truly “just and right” in all His ways, which are always perfect.

Psalm 100:5 – For the LORD is good; his mercy {as the righteous judge} is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

The word “good” in the Hebrew Text is the word for great and is correctly translated in Psalms 95:3 “for the LORD is a great God.” God’s loving mercy is to us everlasting, just as His truth is everlasting even to our generation thousands of years after the great God began revealing Himself to humanity through His Prophets. His final legacy was of course to send Jesus Christ who is the truth and way that reveals the Father of lights.

This is why Jesus could say “If ye continue in my word, then ye are my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus made God’s Word his own (as we can), and he spoke God’s Word (as we can), and he lived it (as we can), this is why he is called in the Scriptures “the truth.” What is truth? God is, His Word is, and Jesus Christ is.

Proverbs 12:17a He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: . . .

Psalm 119:30 – I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid {set} before me.

When we speak the truth, the healing Word of God will show and radiate righteousness to others. It is a joy and a privilege to be given such wonderful knowledge and understanding, healing and comfort, to really know that we have chosen the way of truth, and to understand and receive the righteous judgments of our God.  And to receive Christ within is a heavenly privilege and it is our God-given rightful honor to “set” these wonderful blessings before our own lives and to others.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.

“Sanctify” means that we are set apart for heaven, through or by means of having the truth within our hearts, because we have Christ within. “Thy word is truth,” for God cannot be separated from His Word, which is truth, any more than we can be separated from our words. Jesus Christ cannot be separated from the truth of God’s Word, because he was, is, and will always be the way and the truth, for he continues showing us how to approach the Father and enjoy His presence.

Entitlements

“Psalms 37:5-6 reads, Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart, verse 4} to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving, shining with effervescence because you have received the desires of your heart. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto God, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.” ~LMJ~

God Is Not Forgetful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Having just returned from the grocery store and realizing that I forgot an item that my wife needed, I am sure that another trip to the store is forthcoming. However, and thankfully our God is not forgetful, He will always remember His promises to us.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

The word saint in the Bible means a fellow believer and one who is saved, made holy, and sanctified by God. Our God will always remember the work His saints do in His name, which is to believe and then act on His Word. In Hebrews 6:10, God’s Word mentions our labor of love and please notice that this love has a direction toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints. When we serve another from the mindset that we are actually working for God, then the rewards will be pleasing to both God and the believer as Ephesians 6:8 promises, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”

To minister is to help one another, and whenever we believers help another and we do so out of love, then this brings glory to the name of our God. God Himself will never forget your labor of love or the glory your giving has given to His name. God most definitely will reward us throughout all eternity for anything and everything that we believers do for one another out of love.

Mark 9:41:  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Can you imagine giving only a cup of water to another human being will bring you a reward? God will not forget when you give in love, and He will reward you now and throughout eternity. These are promises from both God and from Jesus Christ! And do you know what else? The water we give in the name of Christ will taste better (for it will be “blessed”) when given in love, because God will indeed bless it.

Ye belong to Christ, is a wonderful concept as I Corinthians 6:20 witnesses, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The price paid for our eternal redemption was given for us through the offering of the life of Jesus Christ, and therefore we are God’s, as we now belong to Christ, and we are to him, his reward! Jesus “received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7); we are his firstfruits to God, and therefore, because of our Savior’s offering of himself, and his receiving us up to the glory of God — our God will never forget us — ever.

You see, Jesus is the golden thread who delivers us up to our heavenly Father. Jesus reveals to us the abundant life and blessings we can receive from our faithful Creator Who will never forget what Jesus did to redeem us back to God. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us to reciprocate these blessings we have received and that is by, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Simply learning to be thankful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful key that helps open up the true treasures of life that God in Christ provides, such as giving to us the ability to experience heavenly joy, peace, love, and light.

Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

When we look for occasions to simply bless others for the sake of love, our Savior’s love for us, and we learn to be truly thankful for opportunities to be kind, good, and loving, and not just simply looking for and expecting the reward, the blissful rewards will be even more abundant. God is not forgetful; He remembers your labor of love. The Apostle Paul gave thanks to God in his prayers in the name of the Lord Jesus at every opportunity as he remembered the labor of love that the believers served to one another.

Paul wrote that the loving labors of believers were always “in the sight of God,” because He watches over and remembers our endeavors to be a blessing to our fellow man, and returns blessings to the giver more abundantly.

We cannot out-give God, He encourages His children to bless and love others (this is how we give to Him), and He will not just remember, but He will send delightful rewards.

I Thessalonians 1:2-3:
-2: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
-3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Our God is so awesomely wonderful in what He chooses to remember or not remember. He will remember our helping fellow saints, our labor of love, and how we bless and reach out in love to others in our communities where we live (Galatians 6:10), but He promises, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). So if God will not remember our faults and shortcomings, why in the world do we so often dwell on them? Why do we allow sin consciousness to beat us down so often?

The true antidote to sin consciousness is to be a blessing to those whom we can inspire in Christ’s name, for this God remembers and He will not forget. So Praise the Lord!

So when the opportunity arises to help someone out in one way or another, please do so out of your personal love and devotion to God and to your Savior who paid the price of your redemption. Please remember that your labor of love will not be wasted (even if someone else does not thank you), for our God will reward you richly because God Is Not Forgetful.

Psalms 37:3-6:
-3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
-4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desire of your heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment {justification} as the noonday.

“Sometimes we hold on to our possessions because we fear we might run out — life seems scarce. But when we believe that giving is the way to live, we will produce more in the future — life seems abundant.” ~John C. Maxwell~

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” ~Walt Whitman~

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ~Maya Angelou~

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~Lao-Tzu~