In walking with the Lord, I remember a winter night in particular,
when I left a Bible study gathering of friends, by myself, to drive home.
Snow had started to fall that evening, and the moon was out…
The Lord’s presence surrounded, as if to tell of His peace in a poem.
We’d focused on His love in our study of the scriptures that night,
and how we would never really be going about our lives alone.
The glow of the moon reminded me of His Word as a lamp and Light,
which pushed away any worries to which I might have felt prone.
I carried my marked-up Bible with me–it was my valued friend;
and I had the Holy Spirit and the angels, on whom I could always depend.
P. A. Oltrogge
“…If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” words of Jesus from John 8:31-32 NASB
“My son, attend to my words, incline thy ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.” Proverbs 4:20-24 KJV
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 KJV
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17 NKJV
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.” John 16:13 NLT
“Turn all your anxiety over to God because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 GW
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11 NKJV
“Fear not, for I AM with you, be not dismayed, for I AM your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 RSV
Nothing but the blood of Jesus, shed for us by grace… will make us stand in righteousness before His Father’s face.
Without it, claims of righteousness are as filthy rags before God’s eyes. Be cleansed by the blood of Jesus, and by the living Word, become wise.
P. A. Oltrogge
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6 KJV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 NKJV
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…” Psalm 19:7 NKJV
“The next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming to him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me. And I did not recognize Him, but in order that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.’ And John bore witness saying, ‘I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.’” John 1:29-34
“And when He (Jesus) had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28, also Mark 14:24; and Luke 22:20
“The Jews therefore began to argue with one another, saying, ‘How can this man give us His flesh to eat?’ Jesus therefore said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven, not as the fathers ate, and died; he who eats this bread shall live forever.’ These things He said in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum.” John 6:52-59
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28
“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness because in the forbearance of God, He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Romans 5:9
“Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” 1 Corinthians 10:16
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” Colossians 1:19-21 NLT
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Scriptures NASB or as noted.
The Blood-bought Church (song, N. Harmon)
They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for joy They shall cry aloud and be free They shall glorify the name of the Lord It’s the blood-bought, the church, the redeemed
[Verse 2] Oh pick up your hearts, O Zion of the Lord Let the earth spring forth with its praise For the children rejoice from the islands of the sea It’s the blood-bought, the church, the redeemed
[Chorus] And we are in that army of the Lord We’ve been washed in the blood and we are going forth There is nothing that can stop this mighty moving force With a shout of praise, a two-edged sword
[Verse 3] Ev’ry stronghold of bondage must fall beneath our feet Ev’ry prisoner held captive must be free For our deliverance has come through the power of the Son It’s the blood-bought, the church, the redeemed
[Verse 4] Let the earth be silent, the winds cease to blow Every created being fold your wings For there’s a new song being sung with a new melody It’s the blood-bought, the church, the redeemed
If you watch news on the Victory Channel (www.govictory.com/victorynews), you recently saw a short video clip of some parents in Jerusalem seeking to comfort and reassure their children after the scare from nearby rocket attacks, which reached as far as to Jerusalem. Please join in prayer for all of the people there, in particular the children, and for children and their needs everywhere. Another situation for prayer is the U.S. border where abandoned children are being found. And note RescueLIFE at the “life today” site below.
“PrayforthepeaceofJerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122:6
“But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Sufferthelittlechildren to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14
“Oh, Lord, take your super glue and glue my bone together.” This was one of my first prayers after fracturing a bone in my foot. At the time, I did think it was sort of a silly prayer until I read the paperwork from my emergency room visit. It stated, “When a bone heals, the body puts a CALLUS together across the piece that is broken. This callus is made of new bone material and will eventually melt or glue the two broken pieces together.” What a sweet reassurance that the Lord was indeed with me in my pain, even in the formulation of my seemingly strange prayer.
Being forced to reduce my activities gave me time to reflect on the word, “broken,” and the pain involved. I realized my foot would eventually heal and the pain would then be just a memory, or maybe even forgotten. However, there are many people living with various degrees of brokenness–a broken relationship, broken health, or even being brokenhearted–all of which can be covered by God’s supernatural ability to heal.
My natural belief is that a bone progressively heals. My belief, as a Christian, is that God adds His “super” to the natural, and things that are impossible or difficult have a greater ability to heal when faith is released.
In the Bible narrative of the beggar man, who was lame from his mother’s womb, he was told, “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” The story relates that immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength, and he began to walk and leap. This is the “super” element added to that poor man’s body. He was carried along and set down daily at the gate of the temple, so this man required assistance to even get there. His muscles hadn’t been exercised. This was not a progressive healing–it was a miracle. And it was brought about by two of Jesus’ disciples who were bold enough to believe that God could raise the man up. How many of us have seen this today? How many of us even believe it could happen?
I couldn’t help but compare the word, “callus,” (used for good–to bring healing to my bone) with the word, “callous,” which means hardened in mind, or unfeeling. My journey toward healing included much soul searching as to what I expected from my faith. It’s easy not to have very high expectations. Then there is no disappointment in God. However, the struggle to boost my faith to believe in God’s supernatural ability came with a sinister, mocking voice, “Has God really said?”
A few months before fracturing the bone in my foot, I had been running across the street with my schnauzer on his leash at night and tripped over the curb and landed flat on my face. It was a miracle I didn’t break much more, but I did find out I had broken a bone in my wrist. However, before I knew it was broken, I believed for healing; and by the time it was x-rayed, the family doctor said it looked like an old break. Then suddenly the pain went away, and I never followed up with the orthopedic doctor. So later, as I struggled with the pain in my foot, how easy it was to forget this previous incident of my God’s goodness and power.
Perhaps, it is like the disciples. Having seen the miracle of Jesus breaking the five loaves of bread to feed 5,000 people, they were still upset because they had forgotten to take bread and only had one loaf with them. Jesus spoke some heartbreaking words to them. He said, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? And do you not remember?” We can end up with a calloused heart when we stop believing that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can be fresh from a miracle and still not perceive that our God can do it again!
Many of us have had good mothers, and so we rightly honor them. But there are women of God throughout earth who are equally a gem.
They may not have brought up children but have served the Lord… in His kingdom in various ways, and so they, too, have blessed reward.
All Christian women have beauty, both an outer and an inner kind. The fruit of the Spirit displayed in them is highly rated in God’s mind.
P. A. Oltrogge
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 30:31 NASB
“Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.” Luke 2:36-38 NLT
“At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.” Acts 9:36
After Jesus had come down from the mountain, He was followed by crowds–a great throng.
Wanting to hear the Lord’s teaching and be healed, a leper, at a certain point, had also come along.
He fell down before Christ and worshiped Him, asking for cleansing, if Jesus would be willing.
He had faith that his request could be one of those, that day, which the Lord would be fulfilling.
Jesus stretched out His hand and touched the afflicted man, thereby blessing…
He destroyed what the devil had worked, which, to the leper, had been so distressing.
“I am willing,” Jesus said–what a compassionate touch for the man’s body and soul!
Jesus told him to tell no one, but to go to the priest to reveal that he’d been made whole.
There, bringing a gift in accordance with Moses’ command, the state of his health would be reviewed.
And then, he would be given right of passage to return to society–his life renewed.
Jesus’ loving touch is going forth to those who worship and call on Him still today.
There’s no one who can’t be touched by the Master, who is always willing to heal whenever we pray.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:12-14
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.” Mark 11:24
For encouragement on healing: http://www.rhema.org offers the book, “Bodily Healing and the Atonement,” by Dr. T. J. McCrossan, reedited and reprinted by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin and Dr. Roy Hicks. Also offered there are many other books and materials that support both spiritual and physical well-being. And see ministry websites previously mentioned on the blog.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” Luke 5:17
I thank God today for His power being present to heal…as well as His peace over any discouragement and for faith to persevere in trusting Him in all matters.
“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart…” Luke 18:1 NASB
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 RSV
What should I do, Lord Jesus, this day? The first thing, for sure, is to stop and pray. Then listen to “hear” that still, small voice before I make even one first choice.
May I find how to serve You every day by seeking You early for Your pathway. What I think of doing may need to be set aside in order to help others with a heart opened wide.
And let me not miss telling those I meet how to find their Lord and their Savior, who is so good and kind. For there are many people with an emptiness inside that can only be filled when You come to abide.
Then, too, some who know You may be facing a trial; help me to encourage, that it’s only for a while. For You, Lord, are good and want them to be blessed, with all of the things that work out for their very best.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me.” John 10:27
“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” Psalms 34:19 (NIV)
Also Luke 11:13; John 14:26; John 16:7; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 10:24
One morning after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples at the Sea of Galilee; and after they had joined Him at breakfast, He began to tell Simon Peter of things that were yet to be.
To begin with, Jesus asked Peter if He loved Him and, by asking three times, to what extent. Peter answered each time that Jesus knew that He loved Him, so he wondered what all of this meant.
Three times, Peter had denied the Lord when Jesus had been taken into custody before His trial. So it seems this was the Lord’s way of reaffirming Peter’s commitment after that time of denial.
After each question about his love, Jesus said, “Tend My lambs; shepherd, and tend My sheep.” These were the Lord’s directions to Peter, for the days ahead, that He knew He could now trust him to keep.
Then He said that when Peter was younger, he had been free to walk whatever path he’d chosen to take; but when he would become old, he would be led by others to a destiny he wouldn’t choose to make.
Contemplating what Jesus said, Peter asked about the future of John, for instance, just having looked his way. We can take from Jesus’ answer that we must simply follow the Holy Spirit for our own lives after we pray.
Jesus told Peter, “Follow Me!” And today, He is saying the same to each of us, so we must listen for His voice. Then, when we hear and follow Him, even if we’re reviled and persecuted for His sake, we can rejoice.
So often, what may seem hard turns into a pathway of great blessing for others and ourselves, as well. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. In trusting Him as our Good Shepherd, all fears will be quelled.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” words of Jesus in Matthew 5:11-12
At the end of the chapter, John made a comment on all of the other things that Jesus had done–and that the world itself couldn’t contain all the books that could be written about God’s Son.
Books have been written, too, about the lives of those who followed the Lord in their journeys here on this earth. Their lives were a testimony to a life yielded to Christ, which is a life lived to its highest worth.
Of special interest:
Be blessed by viewing the testimonies of Albert and Cecily Kelln presently featured at www.awmi.net and other stories there.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
Lord, you are the source of my help on any given day. You made the heavens and the earth–On you, my hope will stay.
I will look even to the hills–On their horizon, I’ll always see, through the eye of faith, my Savior, heading down with help for me.
P. A. Oltrogge
“He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalm 121:3-8 NKJV
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” words of Jesus in John 14:27 NKJV