Praying Through the Tabernacle

I’ve had several friends ask, “How do I draw near to God?”. What can I do to have a deeper relationship with Him? I’ve asked those same questions, and went back to how the Children of Israel drew near to God: The Tabernacle.

I love learning about the Tabernacle, as it seems it is the Salvation and Restoration Story, revealed to us, step by step. For me, it gives me reminder after reminder that this is a relationship…not a one way visit. He wants me to draw near, even more than I do! The Tabernacle offers this. Once again, Yeshua is in the middle of it all.

Join me as I take you through each piece of the Tabernacle, and offer the “blue print” for drawing near. See you at the Gate!

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

God is infinite – He is self-existent without origin – attributes series

Today begins a  series of Bible studies on the attributes of God. The plan is to do one attribute per week. Today we look at the fact that God is infinite. He is self-existent without origin. That is comforting to know for those who of us who are still unresolved in the issues of life. What we can’t explain, we can still know.

Col. 1:17 says “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” and Psalms 147:5 says of God “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure” – Psalm 147:5

I will close my portion of this with a quote from the article being used for this series. (The link is at the end.)

In his article on Christianity.com, Dr. Adrian Rogers writes about the self-existence of God: “The name Jehovah is used some 6,800 times in the Bible. It is the personal covenant name of Israel’s God. In the King James Version of the Bible, it’s translated Lord God. Not only does it speak of God’s strength, but also it speaks of the sovereignty of God and the goodness of God. The root of this name means “self-existing,” one who never came into being, and one who always will be. When Moses asked God, “Who shall I tell Pharaoh has sent me?” God said, “I AM THAT I AM.” Jehovah or Yahweh is the most intensely sacred name to Jewish scribes and many will not even pronounce the name. When possible, they use another name.”

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Blessings,
Pastor John

Here’s a link to the article that I am using as my source for this 15 part series.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/15-amazing-attributes-of-god-what-they-mean-and-why-they-matter.html/?utm_source=bible+study+tools+weekly+-+biblestudytools.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=02/06/2019&utm_source=&utm_campaign=bible+study+tools+weekly+-+biblestudytools.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2712437&bcid=068cfec8b4f010343c2f7f77b8bad30b&recip=534099676+

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“Healing Prayer” – for people who’s body is unresolved is a song and a prayer for those with short and long term illness. I hope it ministers to your soul as well. Feel free to share this song, as the Lord leads. Here is a link to the video on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/jOE8t5s4ABk

Healing Prayer

Verse 1

I will not cry “great spirit”, or “higher one than I”, I will not use big lofty words, to try to draw You nigh. Instead I’ll call you “Father”, “Papa, hear my prayer to come. I’m asking, Lord, for healing power, in the name of Your dear Son.”

Chorus:

In Jesus’ name, I pray for healing. In Jesus’ name, I pray for peace.

In Jesus’ name, come heal my body. Come heal it in Jesus’ name.

Verse 2

The doctors don’t know what to do. They cannot find the cause. They poke and prod and test my body. Lord, this all seems odd. I know you made each cell of mine, You know me inside out. I’m leaving all this in Your hands. Lord, help me not to doubt.

Chorus:

In Jesus’ name, I pray for healing. In Jesus’ name, I pray for peace.

In Jesus’ name, come heal my body. Come heal it in Jesus’ name.

Verse 3

Oh Lord, my soul is anguished, my mind it is so stressed. Lord, I need Your healing, O Lord I need your rest. Bring healing peace, rest and release, each and every day. Please bring these things, dear Father. In Jesus’ name I pray.

Chorus:

In Jesus’ name, I pray for healing. In Jesus’ name, I pray for peace.

In Jesus’ name, come heal my body. Come heal it in Jesus’ name.

Throughout the Testaments, the Father is connecting us to Yeshua. He is placing example after example of His restoration of His Children, back to Him and His Kingdom, all through His Son. The Ark, and The Tabernacle are wonderful picture connections for us, and take us back to review this wonderful rescue and redemption!

Join me, as the Holy Spirit points out beautiful connections in His Word, and encourages us to seek Him more.

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

In a previous post, I shared my favorite Challah bread recipe. I typically make that once a week, sometimes more. However, there is another recipe that seems to be even more favored: Israeli Pita Bread.

I don’t make it as often, but that is because I triple the recipe! I freeze it, and bring it out when one batch is eaten. One batch usually makes about 12-14 pitas.

This recipe offers amazingly soft bread, and is so great to dip in hummus, as a side bread, or heated and topped with honey butter! Yummy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I love to cook/bake, and it is my joy to share it with you. You can find the recipe at this site: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/recipe/pita-bread/

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

Meet Bootsie, the Wonder Cat

Meet Bootsie, the Wonder Cat! Bootsie is my mother in law’s cat and is close to 21 years old. That is really old for a cat! The other title I could have given this true story is “Who has believed our report?”, based on Is. 53: 1
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” (KJV). Why does this scripture apply? Because I had believed the wrong report! I had believed the report that I heard in my head. I thought sure this adventure with taking Bootsie to the vet, was going to come out much worse. Not to be morbid, but I was not expecting her to make it through this trauma. She had thrown up the day before, and again yesterday morning. She was in Jackie’s lap, crying. That was the report I had stuck in my head when we headed over there to pick Bootsie up to take her to the vet. I was expecting to bury her, that she wouldn’t even make it to the appointment. Praise the Lord, I was wrong! (By the way, I just looked it up, and Bootsie, in human years, is 100 years old!)

Bootsie, the wonder cat shouldn’t be alive, but by the grace of God, she is. She was anxious to get out of that cage and get away from us after her ordeal – temperature was taken (no fever!), blood drawn, fluids put in her, and trapped in the pet carrier as we took her to the vet. She was glad to get out of there! The rest of the day, she stayed in Jackie’s lap.

To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?Yesterday it was revealed to us! We believed the wrong report, but God had a better plan and knew that the outcome would be much different.

We would do well to follow Paul’s admonition in Phil. 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Thank you, God, for Your good report, and for working all things together for Your good. (Rom. 8:28)

Blessings,
Pastor John

Will God Forgive Me?

I believe one of the hardest parts of the Christian life is accepting God’s forgiveness. Once you get the past the idea that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness it’s hard to accept it and realize that you in yourself can do nothing to earn it.

For some you are so used to needing to prove yourself, to fight for every inch you get in life. You have been trained by life to knuckle up and draw some blood of your own. In short, you have to stand up on your own two feet or get kicked in the teeth.

For others, you don’t need any proof that you have faults, you face them daily, you fight not to sink in the reminders of your own failings and the idea that God could forgive you, you so desperately long for it, need it, but actually accepting it? That’s a different story, because you are disgusted with yourself and no matter how many teachings, or messages you hear about being a new person washed in the blood of the lamb, you still can’t shake that sick feeling you get every time you try and make things right, or walk in that newness of life Jesus so freely talks about.

I have been in both of these places. Neither place is any good, in fact, it’s very painful.

What’s the root cause? For both of these states, it is pride. In the first case you want to prove even though you do believe in God, and even have received his Son you want to prove that you can handle things on your own. It is safer that way rather than let Yeshua get any closer because you are very much afraid of being hurt, and so you don’t need him and can handle things on your own.

In the second case it is also pride because you are saying that while God makes it clear that the blood of his Son is good enough to clean you of all Sin, you somehow have it in your head that this one is an exception that somehow you’ve screwed up way too much for him to ever forgive you.

My good friend Sanda has told me many times that we have to speak the light of God’s truth into the darkness of the lie. This is very true, even when it’s hardest to believe.

In conclusion, no matter what you’re dealing with, don’t be afraid to confront the issues that plague you, be ready to confess them to God, and renounce them as necessary.

Also keep in mind that the enemy will use anything he can as a foothold if you give him the opportunity and guilt or pride are two of his top favorites.

I hope that this has been helpful to you. Please share with anyone who might need to read it.

God bless,

Teresa Blaes.

P.S. Here are some scriptures that you can chew on.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake and remembers your sins no more. Is 43:25

Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Is 1:18

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Cor 5:17

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Eph 1:7

 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Col 1:13-14

 

Seniors are Unresolved in Finances

Senior citizens are unresolved, in transition, in process in many areas – physical, mental, social, spiritual, emotional, and financial. In this writing, we are going to focus on the financial struggles that many seniors have to endure.

Many men and women work hard to establish a career. They work their way up the corporate ladder, then realize there is a financial drop-off. Sure, they knew they weren’t going to retire at full pay, but were they ready for the change in income? Some are, but many are not. Savings may help, but it is still an adjustment.

And then there are those that never made it to the top of that corporate ladder, or are kicked off before they even have a chance to finish that journey, sometimes through no fault of their own. They and their dependents rely on that income, limited as it may be. Finances for many senior citizens are stretched and sometimes broken.

But there is hope. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I cling to two verses during these confusing financial times. Philippians 4:19 says that “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” In another verse, we are reassured that “all things work together for good for them that love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.”

While finances may be unstable and not totally reliable, at least for some of us, we can have the security that no matter what happens, God will see us through and will provide all of our needs. Do you have this security? You can, if you surrender your finances, and every area of your life, to Jesus Christ. Finances may not be secure, but those of us in Christ are. Let’s cling to that.

Blessings,
Pastor John

While going through all the measurements of Noah’s ark, the Holy Spirit stopped me, and had me go through the meanings of each measurement. I was astonished, and truly felt the love of the Father, Who holds us, so close.

I pray this short video offers a tender side to the Father, and one that you can confide in, when the waters get rough. Blessings to you all. He is so very near, and you are held.

Shabbat Shalom,

Landra

Emotions can either get in the way or motivate us to make a move, to change the direction we are going in, to reach towards a worthy cause or goal. Emotions and pain tell us something. They tell us there’s a problem, a need, an issue to be addressed. In the last two weeks, we talked about senior citizens being unresolved in body and mind. Today we are going to be talking about being unresolved – being stuck – in spirit. I am using the terms spirit and emotions interchangeably. 

Sometimes we feel down and we don’t know why. Sometimes we do. Personally, I do not want emotions to influence my decisions. I do not want to be stuck in a feeling, or in a state of uncertainty. When this happens, I am unable to focus on what I need to do and am not able to process thoughts. That is a very frustrating state to be in. When that happens, I just need to stop, regroup, and move on. The battle here is not mental, but spiritual. Even as I was typing this, I was losing focus.

To overcome this obstacle, we need to get our eyes on Jesus and His words. Jesus, help me to focus. Lord, I need Your help, I need Your help in body, mind, and spirit. This is the prayer that I am saying right now as I type this, and this is my prayer for you as well. I am praying Eph. 3:16 for all of us, that “He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.” 

It is possible to get out of this unresolved state by calling on Jesus, by seeking Him, by allowing Him to move in our spirit and change our hearts. We can act on what we know and keep seeking to know Him – personally, intimately, deeply, in the same way, that He knows and loves us. That’s not religious talk, because that would not help. That is a practical step we can take right now – talk to Jesus. Pour your heart out to Him, and let Him pour His heart into you.