Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I Am My Beloved’s

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Chapters: The Book of Song Of Solomon
Message: I Am My Beloved’s

Hello My Friend,

The Book of Song of Solomon is the twenty-second book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains eight chapters. The author of the book is Solomon and it was written to Israel and all believers. The timeline is approximately 1014 BC. The purpose of the book is to show the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Church as demonstrated by the intimate marriage relationship between a husband and wife. What we are to learn from the book is that the divine model of love between a man and his wife is the pattern for the relationship between Christ (Man) and the Church (His Bride). “My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” - Song of Solomon 2:16.

The Book of Song of Solomon begins with the brides love for her bridegroom, she anticipates the day she becomes his wife, but she realizes something, she has neglected him. “Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.” - Song of Solomon 1:4-8.

“but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” The love of a husband and wife is quite like the love of Jesus and His bride, there is a sweet savor that gives off something unforgettable. The soul who lives nearest to Jesus in sweet will feel convicted when it discover the sin in its life, but rejoice in the fact that it is one with Jesus as He never leaves them. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” - I Corinthians 6:19,20.

The soul, you cannot see it or touch it physically, but you definitely know it is there. A lonely soul is probably the most noticeable as it never rests until it finds it's one true source of happiness. We get an illustration of the brides lonely soul seeking her one true love. “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.” - Song of Solomon 3:1-4.

“but I found him whom my soul loveth:” This is a great illustration of a lost soul that finds Christ, once it finds Him they become soul mates, Jesus grabs a hold of it and never lets it go. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.” - John 10:27-30.

Sometimes the things we go through make it seem as though Jesus is no where to be found, perhaps we are holding on to something from our past or even have some hidden sin we fail to bring up that's causing us to lose sight of Him. Here we have a wife singing, not to her husband, but of him, and it is a sad song, she sings of the distress she is under after her husband walks away because she neglected him while he was trying to get her attention. She looks all over for him, but cannot find him, only to have her veil taken from her as if she were a prostitute.

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.” - Song of Solomon 5:2-7.

“the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.” The veil was a sign that this woman belonged to her husband, she was taken, she was pure, and clean. This is an illustration of a saved soul who neglects Jesus, when we receive Him as our Saviour He cleanses us and removes all the filth of sin from our lives. Let me tell you, when we do not let go of the past or even let the smallest sin remain prominent in our lives, while He never leaves nor forsakes us, He does take a step back and lets us figure things out for ourselves for a while. Those who remain living in sin with no effort to remove the sin will be exposed and they will be mistaken for one who does not know Christ. Jesus is never too far that He cannot be found, all we have to do to see Him is turn around. Jesus loves us, He feels our pain and does not want us to suffer, but we do need to come to Him if we want to find Him.

“I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” - Song of Solomon 7:10-13.

“I am my beloved's,” Beloved, to be loved or greatly loved, we all long to be beloved, there brings no greater joy than to for someone to share their love. Quite often, we do not feel beloved at all, in fact, we feel unloved and unworthy of even being loved. The truth is, we are loved, no greater love is shown than in Jesus, who gave His life to save us from a burning fiery hell. Much more than that, we are His and He is ours, in Him we love and are loved. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” - John 15:13,16.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” - Song of Solomon 2:1. Jesus is the Rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley. He stands at the door of every persons heart, He knocks, peaks in the window, looks around the back in hopes that His love will let Him in. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” - Revelation 3:20.

Today's Prayer: God, You long to have a one on one relationship with us, one that is full of faith, trust, and honor, just as a husband and wife do when they vow to be one. While nothing is sure in life, one thing is sure, nothing can separate us from You. We may find some dark pathways, but You will always shine the Light to bring us back home. Lord, give me Your power to know You and love You with all my soul, heart, and mind. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Influence Of A Woman

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Chapters: Proverbs 29-31
Message: The Influence Of A Woman

Hello My Friend,

Women, the often emotional, weaker vessel of man who was formed from the rib of a man. While all these things are true, do not let that fool you, women still have a lot of power. Just ask Adam, Abraham, David, Solomon, and even Ahab, one of the most wicked kings of all time, and they will tell you how much women have influenced them. In this world of wickedness, and a shortage of men who are afraid, corrupt, or too lazy to stand up and do what it right, it is imperative that we as Christian women step up and be the godly influence God needs us to be.

“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” - Titus 2:3-5.

There are certain places in which women need to keep silent, meaning not to put themselves in authority over men, one being the church, while women can teach and preach the Gospel in various ministries, we are not to be in charge of a church. I know, women’s lib has told women that they can be anything they want to be, and while that is true to an extent, there are just some things that we ought not to be doing. As a woman who has had to be in authority over men I know how challenging it can be and why God only wants us to be in charge of certain things. However, do not underestimate what God can do with a woman who is His servant, He used many women to get men to step up and do what they are supposed to be doing. If first comes down to how they are brought up as children.

“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer. Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” - Proverbs 29:15-21,25.

“but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” There have been so many instances where a mother will send their child to church or behavioral centers because they are unruly, and they get angry at them if things to do not change. The fault often lies with the mother because they left them to themselves before they got to that point. Women are the keepers of their children, God has given all women motherly instincts to be able to take care of them, like everything else they choose to engage in them or not. I understand there are some strong willed children who take a little more discipline, but that only makes you a stronger parent. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” - Proverbs 22:6,15.

People seem to reject or change God's Word in an attempt to keep God in their world somehow, but the truth is, as long as people keep changing God to suit them all they are doing is creating a bigger mess. Wonder why Christian kids have no respect for parents? It's because their parents are not following nor teaching their kids to follow God's Word. Often throughout the Bible you read about men fearing God, which sometimes is addressed to women as well, but once in a while something pops up to remind women that they to need to live by every Word of God too.

“Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness. For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.” - Proverbs 30:17-9,8-23.

“Such is the way of an adulterous woman;” Adultery is more than a woman cheating on her husband, it also means idolatrous, very wicked. A woman has a great deal of influence on a man, one who is wicked and has become the strength of a man destroys the man and their children. A godly woman is just the opposite, she is a blessing from God, and all who get around her will be blessed.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” - Proverbs 31:10-12,24-31.

“Who can find a virtuous woman?” Virtuous, Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing moral duties, and abstaining from corruption. A virtuous woman is in command of her own spirit, she walks with God daily, is a help meet to her husband or prepares herself to be a godly wife for her future husband. A virtuous woman is honored by God and is prosperous in all that she does, and a man that finds her will be truly blessed. Since women have great power and influence, it is time that put that to good use, by being the God fearing, virtuous, women they are called to be, and in doing so they will be greatly blessed with all they ever need and more.

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - II Peter 1:3-8.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.” - Proverbs 29:26. We will all stand befoe Jesus one day, He is our judge. “Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.” - John 8:15,16.

Today's Prayer: God, I believe that everything in Your Word is true and that I will receive all the promises You made as I learn and grow in it. Lord, give me Your power, wisdom, and guidance, make me a hearer and a doer of Your Word. Give me Your mercy, grace, and strength to keep going and give me patience to wait for Your timing in seeing everything come to pass. Let me be the God fearing, virtuous, godly influence You need me to be to bring others to Your Son. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

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