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From The Book: 1000 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About The BIBLE

I thought I’d do something for fun, so here it is! A lot of you already know this stuff, so this is for the ones who don’t….

From a book I own:  1,000 More Things You Always Wanted To Know About the Bible  by: J. Stephen Lang

 Chapter 8:  Back in the U.S.A

Moses and the Supreme Court
In the U.S Supreme Court Building stands a statue of Moses holding the TEN COMMANDMENTS. The statue symbolizes the law’s dependence on the Laws of God. Given the trend of the courts in recent years, it is a miracle that someone hasn’t protested the statue as indicating ” establishment of religion.” Stand by: (p.159)

lots of stuff concerning the  U.S.A.  Supreme Court, but here’s a little bit of it…

http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/courtbuilding.aspx

The Supreme Court Building:

“The Republic endures and this is the symbol of its faith.” These words, spoken by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes in laying the cornerstone for the Supreme Court Building on October 13, 1932, express the importance of the Supreme Court in the American system.

Yet surprisingly, despite its role as a coequal branch of government, the Supreme Court was not provided with a building of its own until 1935, the 146th year of its existence.

Initially, the Court met in the Merchants Exchange Building in New York City. When the National Capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790, the Court moved with it, establishing Chambers first in the State House (Independence Hall) and later in the City Hall.

When the Federal Government moved, in 1800, to the permanent Capital, Washington, the District of Columbia, the Court again moved with it. Since no provision had been made for a Supreme Court Building, Congress lent the Court space in the new Capitol Building. The Court was to change its meeting place a half dozen times within the Capitol. Additionally, the Court convened for a short period in a private house after the British set fire to the Capitol during the War of 1812. Following this episode, the Court returned to the Capitol and met from 1819 to 1860 in a chamber now restored as the “Old Supreme Court Chamber.” Then from 1860 until 1935, the Court sat in what is now known as the “Old Senate Chamber.”

Finally in 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft, who had been President of the United States from 1909 to 1913, persuaded Congress to end this arrangement and authorize the construction of a permanent home for the Court. Architect Cass Gilbert was charged by Chief Justice Taft to design “a building of dignity and importance suitable for its use as the permanent home of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Neither Taft nor Gilbert survived to see the Supreme Court Building completed. Construction proceeded under the direction of Chief Justice Hughes and architects Cass Gilbert, Jr., and John R. Rockart. The construction, begun in 1932, was completed in 1935, when the Court was finally able to occupy its own building.

The classical Corinthian architectural style was selected because it best harmonized with nearby congressional buildings. The building was designed on a scale in keeping with the importance and dignity of the Court and the Judiciary as a coequal, independent branch of the United States Government, and as a symbol of “the national ideal of justice in the highest sphere of activity.”

The general dimensions of the foundation are 385 feet from east to west, (front to back) and 304 feet from north to south. At its greatest height, the building rises four stories above the terrace or ground floor. Marble was chosen as the principal material to be used and $3 million worth was gathered from foreign and domestic quarries. Vermont marble was used for the exterior, while the four inner courtyards are of crystalline flaked, white Georgia marble. Above the basement level, the walls and floors of all corridors and entrance halls are either wholly or partially of creamy Alabama marble. The wood in offices throughout the building, such as doors, trim, paneled walls, and some floors, is American quartered white oak.

The Court Building cost less than the $9,740,000 Congress authorized for its construction. Not only was the final and complete cost of the building within the appropriation, but all furnishings were also procured, even though planners had initially expected that the project would require additional appropriations. Upon completion of the project, $94,000 was returned to the Treasury.

 

Touring the Building

The main entrance to the Supreme Court Building is on the west side, facing the United States Capitol. A few low steps lead up to the 252-foot-wide oval plaza in front of the building. Flanking these steps is a pair of marble candelabra with carved panels on their square bases depicting: Justice, holding sword and scales, and The Three Fates, weaving the thread of life. On either side of the plaza are fountains, flagpoles, and benches.

The bronze flagpole bases are crested with symbolic designs of the scales and sword, the book, the mask and torch, the pen and mace, and the four elements: air, earth, fire, and water.

On either side of the main steps are seated marble figures. These large statues are the work of sculptor James Earle Fraser. On the left is a female figure, the Contemplation of Justice. On the right is a male figure, the Guardian or Authority of Law.

Sixteen marble columns at the main west entrance support the pediment. On the architrave above is incised “Equal Justice Under Law” Capping the entrance is a sculptured group by Robert Aitken, representing Liberty Enthroned guarded by Order and Authority. On either side are groups of three figures depicting Council and Research which Aitken modeled after several prominent individuals concerned with the law or the creation of the Supreme Court Building. At the left are Chief Justice Taft as a youth, Secretary of State Elihu Root, and the architect Cass Gilbert. Seated on the right are Chief Justice Hughes, the sculptor Aitken, and Chief Justice Marshall as a young man.

Too often, visitors do not see the corresponding pediment and columns on the east side. Here the sculpture group is by Hermon A. MacNeil, and the marble figures represent great lawgivers, Moses, Confucius, and Solon, flanked by symbolic groups representing Means of Enforcing the Law, Tempering Justice with Mercy, Settlement of Disputes Between States, and Maritime and other functions of the Supreme Court. The architrave bears the legend: “Justice the Guardian of Liberty.”

The monumental bronze doors at the top of the front steps weighs six and one-half tons each and slide into a wall recess when opened. The door panels, sculpted by John Donnelly, Jr., depict historic scenes in the development of law: the trial scene from the shield of Achilles, as described in the Iliad; a Roman praetor publishing an edict; Julian and a pupil; Justinian publishing the Corpus Juris; King John sealing the Magna Carta; the Chancellor publishing the first Statute of Westminster; Lord Coke barring King James from sitting as a Judge; and Chief Justice Marshall and Justice Story.

The main corridor is known as the Great Hall. At each side, double rows of monolithic marble columns rise to a coffered ceiling. Busts of all former Chief Justices are set alternately in niches and on marble pedestals along the side walls. The frieze is decorated with medallion profiles of lawgivers and heraldic devices.

At the east end of the Great Hall, oak doors open into the Court Chamber. This dignified room measures 82 by 91 feet and has a 44–foot ceiling. Its 24 columns are Old Convent Quarry Siena marble from Liguria, Italy; its walls and friezes are of Ivory Vein marble from Alicante, Spain; and its floor borders are Italian and African marble.

The raised Bench behind which the Justices sit during sessions, and other furniture in the Courtroom are mahogany. The Bench was altered in 1972 from a straight-line to a “winged” shape to provide sight and sound advantages over the original design.

At the left of the Bench is the Clerk of the Court’s desk. The Clerk is responsible for the administration of the Court’s dockets and argument calendars, the supervision of the admission of attorneys to the Supreme Court Bar, and other related activities. To the right is the desk of the Marshal of the Court. The Marshal is the timekeeper of Court sessions, signalling the lawyer by white and red lights as to time limits. The Marshal’s responsibilities include the maintenance and security of the building and serving as the Court’s building manager.

The attorneys arguing cases before the Court occupy the tables in front of the Bench. When it is their turn to argue, they address the Bench from the lectern in the center. A bronze railing divides the public section from that reserved for the Supreme Court Bar.

Representatives of the press are seated in the red benches along the left side of the Courtroom. The red benches on the right are reserved for guests of the Justices. The black chairs in front of those benches are for the officers of the Court and visiting dignitaries.

The main floor is largely occupied by the Justices’ Chambers, offices for law clerks and secretaries, the large, formal East and West Conference Rooms, the offices of the Marshal, an office for the Solicitor General, the Lawyers’ Lounge, and the Justices’ Conference Room and Robing Room. This office space surrounds four courtyards, each with a central fountain.

Most of the second floor is devoted to office space including the offices of the Reporter of Decisions and the Legal Office. The Justices’ Library Reading Room and the Justices’ Dining Room are also located here.

The Library occupies the third floor and has a collection of more than 500,000 volumes. To meet the informational needs of the Court, librarians draw on electronic retrieval systems and their microform collection in addition to books. The library’s main reading room is paneled in hand carved oak. The wood carving here, as throughout the building, is the work of the Matthews Brothers.

The ground floor is devoted to offices and public services, including the offices of the Clerk of the Court, the Counselor to the Chief Justice, police headquarters, the Public Information Office and Press Room, the Curator’s Office and the Personnel Office. On this floor visitors can view one of the two marble spiral staircases. Each ascends five stories and is supported only by overlapping steps and by their extensions into the wall.

 

10 Commandments on the doors

one of a door panel found within the Supreme Court Building

FAITH UNDER FIRE

Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court

Government tells modern visitors it’s Bill of Rights being honored

Published: 11/14/2006 at 1:00 AM ( old article but still applies to today)
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2006/11/38823/#GWteA8vcJ6cEw05t.99

Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God’s law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork carved into the high court structure.

In today’s world of revisionist history, the proof comes through the work of a California pastor who visited the Supreme Court building recently when he was in Washington and was surprised that what the tour guides were telling him wasn’t the same thing as what he was seeing.

Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California, said he was traveling with his wife, Tracy, and was more than startled during recent visits to the courthouse and two other historic locations to discover the stories of the nation’s heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.

(CNSNews.com) – This Sunday, the “Save the Commandments Caravan” tour will arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court to protest the high court’s decision not to get involved in an Alabama dispute involving the Ten Commandments. Supreme Court justices decided to stay out of the controversy even though the Supreme Court building itself contains several references and statues of Moses holding tablets.

The Alabama dispute is by now well known to the public. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had a 2.5-ton Ten Commandments monument erected in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. After much legal wrangling, including a rejected request that the U.S. Supreme Court rule on whether the placement of the monument was legal, a lower federal court ordered the monument removed.

But Christian groups have continued the struggle on Moore’s behalf ever since.

Gary DeMar, president of the American Vision, a Christian educational and communications organization, said the U.S. Supreme Court building contains several references and depictions of Moses and the Ten Commandments. A summary of DeMar’s upcoming book, America’s Christian Heritage, promises to “deliver all the facts you need to defend the Ten Commandments as a public display and to preserve your rights as a Christian American.””

As a part of larger sculptural clusters, Moses is shown with tablets in the Great Hall, The East Pediment, and the North Courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court, DeMar said. There is also an image of the Ten Commandments that is engraved on the frame of the bronze gates separating the courtroom from the aisle.

Also, above where the chief justice sits, a banner reads, “Justice, the Guardian of Liberty.” Centered above the banner is a depiction of Moses seated and holding the Ten Commandments, DeMar added.

The U.S. Supreme Court website states that, “Over time, the use of two tablets has become a symbol for the Commandments, and more generally, ancient laws. Tablets signify the permanence of the law when written in stone.”

Joseph Loconte, a religious expert from The Heritage Foundation, said it’s clear America’s Founding Fathers intended to create a secular constitution for the young nation.

But while the “the body of the Constitution is a secular text,” Loconte said, “it was perfectly natural to them to have the religious roots of the republic represented in symbol form to remind people of those religious roots and connections.”

Today’s liberal left, Loconte asserted, believes that the Constitution gives them the right never to hear religious speech they find offensive. “That is not at all at what the First Amendment protects…the First Amendment protects the right of all individuals, religious or non-religious, to express their views.

“This idea that you have a constitutional right never to hear religious speech that you find offensive is madness, absolute madness,” Loconte said.

But Robert Boston, assistant communications director with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, believes the figures of Moses and the Ten Commandments at the Supreme Court are merely there in a historical context, along with many other depictions.

Boston said he believes many people are confused and are making invalid assumptions.

“According to the Supreme Court’s website, the artist who designed the East Pediment frieze (sculptured band), said that the tablet was designed to represent the Bill of Rights and not the Ten Commandments,” Boston said. “That makes sense because it is a single tablet, not two tablets. Some people are just confused and believe that anything resembling a tablet or has one to ten written on them must be representative of the Ten Commandments.”

Despite the many claims he has heard, that the Ten Commandments serve as the foundation for American law, Boston said, at best, there are only three commandments reflected in secular law: Thou Shall Not Kill, Thou Shall Not Steal, and Thou Shall Not Lie.

“These common sense laws have existed in every society. The government isn’t supposed to endorse religion. Do it like the Supreme Court does — have an educational display that includes the Ten Commandments among many other sources,” Boston said.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/04pdf/03-1500.pdf

 SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Syllabus VAN ORDEN v. PERRY, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS AND CHAIRMAN, STATE PRESERVATION BOARD, ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 03–1500. Argued March 2, 2005—Decided June 27, 2005

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When it just ain’t right…..

"Whatever You Do"

I have been gone too long, that’s because I try not to write, but then,  I guess my voice is all I really own… So I must write; if I have nothing else, I have a voice… My voice is me and it tells my stories. My Narratives, Stories and Parables and all my other stuff, I write. My stories are warnings. They are prophecy. They are especially truths… My writings. Prophecies, Narratives and Truths and everything in-between, are all born in a small spot within my mind, a place where no one can enter unless I let them, a small spot that grows into a small black hole, with lots of energy, spitting out words for all, that is given from Yeshua Our MESSIAH. The words that are written in conversations are sometimes written when I’m depressed or sometimes when I feel lonely, but mostly when I’m told to by my Father in Heaven. I probably seem strange to you that is because I am, BUT I’M REALLY NOT. I see things that others don’t, and I feel things that others don’t. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I don’t. That’s just me. But I find my rest in just waiting till the days and years usher in the second coming, but I probably won’t be here, but biting the dust somewhere, or should I say dead and buried. I am in such a hurry, I guess all I mostly do is try not to worry. Why? I just don’t like the state of things. I don’t like the disrespect FROM PEOPLE, for Yeshua our King and Messiah. I don’t like the fact that people are demonstrating no sense of morals nor honor for Our Lord. I hate the state of things. Every day I see the Bible fulfilling itself, just as if you are unrolling a strand of thread from a spooler. It saddens me, how sinful and more sinful we are. All of us act as if we will not have to face Yeshua our LORD one day. I often sit and daydream about what it will look like on the great judgment day. I can just see and feel everything around me. I see all the people crying……..pleading, and begging, but it still didn’t change anything. I can see all the Christians, Saints, Sinners and Angels. I can see the sorrow, I can even smell it. I can feel the pain, and it tears my heart to pieces. I cry out Lord Father, please. But that changes nothing. He said the people didn’t believe, they never have and never will. They never even tried to change, but the only change they did was for the worst. No one took me seriously. I was one page in a book to them. A page they never tried read. I gave the Bible, to all of you, to learn of my ways. I gave you all the words to live by. I taught you and offered to train all the people of the Nations, but who heeded my Words. Only a few, compared to the masses. I gave all the people of the world all of ME. I spoke to all of you through circumstance, and pain. That didn’t even get their attention for very long. I did some terrible things to all the people of the world, but you all asked for it. I have turned my back to your pain and injustices, because there was not enough of the people in the world who called on ME, yes they called, but not to repent, only in despair! HE said, “You all call on ME, just as quick as you all forget ME! But as He spoke to me, HE was so hurt. Yes I am the Almighty, the All Powerful, The Only Creator, The Lord God Most High, The Master Planner, The Only One, The Only Hope, The Sure One, The Heavenly Prince of Peace, The First Father, The First Son, The Only Righteousness, The Only Truth, The Only Way, The Secret, The Matheia, The Sucray, The Known, but He just kept on naming His Names, many I had no idea of the meaning, not even the word itself. But He was so amazed at the many masses that had little regards for Him! But He was not surprised, for He already knew! He never stopped loving us, but as God our Father has HIS job to do!  He said we all knew, there will be no excuses accepted, nor any payoffs. I asked Him, Lord why, He said no man should be surprised, by these events that you see before you. I have told it for years and centuries. No one should be unprepared. I told you to prepare for things to come, but no one did. I didn’t care about preparing for earthly thing, I meant for things unseen. You all knew. The Bible spoke it out loudly and plainly. YOU KNEW!!

I say this to myself and to you; my readers!
Every where I look, everything I see, everything I hear, everywhere I go, everything I know, everything I do has pain. I hurt for us. I hurt for Christ, because he died and shed His Blood for us, I hurt for the people. I hurt for the presence of Yeshua our God. I hurt to see what the world I live in is becoming. I hurt because evil is widespread, evil is in my face, evil is in my house, evil is on my street, evil is around the corner, evil is in neighborhood, evil is on the TV, evil on the radio, evil in the church, evil is near me, evil is at the corner store, evil is written on the pages of my bills, when I see a rate increase, every month. Evil in the banks, evil in the air, evil in my food, I was eating some packaged greens and bit down on a grasshopper. Evil in the conversation, in the thoughts, even in my walk. Evil in my friends, IN me, and even MY HABITS. All evil is from and owed by satan. I never liked him, and never will. He has caused me just too much pain. I’ve never liked greed. I think and know if you are you greedy then you will do almost anything to get exactly the things you want. So that is the reason for some of my pain. You see when I have to pay for the greed of others, that bothers me. Like the utility companies and the banks, insurance companies, all wanting the little money I got, just to pay for their selfish needs. It (GREED)disagrees with me. Yes evil is present in all things and everything thing. But MY God Yeshua is near me also. He is saving me from all evil thing and gives me the strength to bear. I trust God Yeshua to squash the evil. If he does not then it is in His plan. Evil has a great big smile, with satans name on it. But the smile of Lord Yeshua is even bigger!!! Yes satan can hurt me and even defeat me, but he cannot defeat My Father, Yeshua. I ask God to squash the evil. Yes I hurt and even have to cry, but I also remember who is greater than I, MY FATHER and LORD YESHUA. My life has not been easy no not at all, I have almost felt like I had lost my mind, but Lord Yeshua stepped in and shook me back to my senses. Yes He LOVES ME, and yes I forget that sometimes. But He reminds me because he tells me I’m His own and that He knows my Name. Yes life is trying its best to beat most of us down, but we have to remember where we all came, who our Father is, and press on towards the mark. Yes He love us when nobody else does. He gives to us when nobody else won’t.

Evil in the courtrooms, brought there by the judges, and even the people in the jury. But I can’t forget the criminals too. I use to tell my sons, if people stop getting in trouble, then the criminals courts, jails and prisons would go out of business. But they didn’t listen. It’s in the prisons, brought there some or most of the inmates, but has it ugly spirits that lives and dwells there in all the people who run them and guard them. He keeps me, because I often forget how to keep my self sometimes. Yes I cry, cry and cry, but He is the only one that wipes my tears away. He knows my pain, and He also knows about my gains. Yes tonight I write because my heart is so heavy. It hurts for me and it hurts for you!
It hurts me to see the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but who cares… it’s real and it’s happening; search the Bible My Lord and God Yeshua help us. It hurts me to see people suffer, for others mistakes, it hurts me to see how so many of us allow satan to use us to make life so miserable for others. Yes I have made many mistakes and is still living to regret some of them. Still making mistake, but must pray to ask Lord Yeshua to help me and forgive me.

So I say, when it ain’t right….!I think too much, until sometimes my head hurts, I search to find the reason behind everything, but the Bible has already given me the answer. So the only thing left for me to do is, know the Words of the Lord like I know my name and birthday. Because the Words of the Lord fights all my battles, it fights evil, and even greed. May God Yeshua bless His. May the Lord Yeshua save us and hide us from the evil ones. From the greedy ones, from the selfish ones, from the mean-spirited ones, FROM THE SATANIC ONES.
Yes God makes the world go round, listen to the song by The Stylistics – “People Make The World Go Round” no, God makes the world go round but it’s the demonic spirit in people, that is Tearing It Down. Greed is tearing it down… Satan knows God has created this world for us, so he is the anxious leader and instigator in destroying it. But God….    Yeah we have forgotten that God is Everything and Everything is Him, and that He made EVERYTHING, for the good of all, but the demonic spirit in man, has helped to make all things bad. But God ain’t going for that… now is HE?

When it just ain’t right..
But when it just ain’t right, all I got is my voice. My battles are too big for me, but I must tell them it to others. My life is temporary and one day I will leave this place. So if my sons live maybe they will read them. Or my grandchildren, or theirs.
I think about all the things that ARE hurtful to Our Lord Jesu Christ, just stop and look at all the things we have done against God. We need to start thinking about all the things we’ve done that just ain’t right. All people, especially Christians. But I am so glad Yeshua Our Messiah and Protector has warned us of the days such as these. He also gave us a way out and solution. He asked us to PRAY and REPENT, so that HE COULD HEAL ALL LANDS.
If we would pray and repent sincerely he could perform a mighty works. If we pray and repent He could unleash legions of Angels on our behalf. If we pray and repent he would save us. If we pray and repent He was rush and perform miracles for us so that things would work in our favor. If we pray and repent HE would show awesome favor towards His children. IF WE PRAY AND REPENT, HE WOULD FILL THE CHURCHES WITH REPENTING RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE. WITH LOVE FOR THEIR FELLOW MEN / NEIGHBORS. If we would pray and repent He would rebuke those devourer, (in other words the greedy). But I’ll tell you this it just ain’t right and it won’t be until Our Father and Messiah comes back to make right, all the wrongs!!!!!!!  

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King Hezekiah was a man who did what was good, right, and truthful. Everything he was involved in was carried out with all his heart; and he prospered.

“This Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.” [2 Chronicles 31:20-21]

All people should live a life that is right before God, but leaders especially have a greater responsibility to do so. With that responsibility comes an attendant blessing. When you are in the arena, you will be shot at. If you want to be used greatly by God, then make your mind up ahead of time that you are NOT going to quit, and you are NOT going to run away!

If you quit, you can’t win. But if you don’t quit, you’ll win!

This doesn’t mean that you will have the strength or wisdom in your self; but you are determined to stand in faith, believing and drawing upon the resources of God.

The Assyrians were a cruel and treacherous military force. They resorted to terrible means of torture and were also a formidable foe. After Hezekiah’s deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah. He encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself.

When Hezekiah saw this, and realized that Sennacherib’s purpose was to make war against Jerusalem, he gathered his leaders and commanders together and encouraged them.

“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is before him: for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. [2 Chronicles 32:7-8]

Because of the impending danger, King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah prayed and cried out to heaven. Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, every leader, and every captain in the army of Assyria. So the King of Assyria returned shamefaced to his own land, and was killed by his own family.

“And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000 men; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses – all dead.” [2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:9-23]

God still uses angels today. Psalm 34:7 tells us “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Surely there are many times the angels deliver and protect us and we don’t even know about it. But, in addition – like many of the promises of God – we need to KNOW God’s Word so we can ACCESS God’s resources. We need to appropriate them by faith. We need to BELIEVE and PRAY as Hezekiah did. Vision begins with a purpose … and that purpose is to SEE the dream become a reality! There are five (5) basic steps in this process:

1. Dream;

2. Plan;

3. Preparation;

4. Logistics; and,

5. Action.

In action – and sometimes in the first four steps above – we engage the adversary as Hezekiah did. We implement our plans and put in place those things and people we have prepared, and that the Lord has assigned to us. Then we utilize the resources within our command to take action. Gideon had some clay vessels and candles. Moses had a rod. What is it that God has placed in your hand? What are those things you will BELIEVE God to bring into your access? It is your duty to use your faith. Faith is your servant. Read Luke 17:5-10.

Many times it is the thing that is in our hand or our heart that is our greatest resource. Are we turning the gifts of God away through unbelief? Are we afraid to leave our comfort zone? Use your faith – it is your DUTY to use it! I am reminded of a man and his wife who won $1,000,000 USD. When the authorized bearers of the prize tried to contact the couple, they were repeatedly turned away. The man and his wife would not answer their phone calls, or respond to their letters. They thought it was a joke. Finally, the man and his wife decided that they would at least see what the communication was about. The bearers of the prize were authorized one more time to attempt delivery to the man and his wife. They responded at the last minute.

How many times do we NOT receive God’s MIRACLES because of unbelief, or because of taking things for granted? We have the ability to DREAM and IMAGINE. We can establish a VISION and believe God for its fulfillment. When was the last time you dreamed for God? Imagine what your life and ministry would be like if the present hindrances were removed. One of the great promises in the Holy Bible is found in Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

In his book The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis said “Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.” What can you IMAGINE or THINK? For what can you ASK God? “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” [Ephesians 3:20]

Once your dream is starting to take form – that is, when it becomes a reality – your VALOR will be tested: by God … and by the enemy of your soul: the devil. You will have to make up your mind ahead of time to be a champion, to be valiant. God is looking for champions like the people of faith who went before us, who “Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” [Hebrews 11:34]

As you move out with the VISION, know that God has designed your VICTORY, but you have to have VALOR and stand in faith, calling upon Him for strength, wisdom, and MIRACLES. One thing that will help you is when you realize that God will use your enemy to help promote you: just like He did Pharaoh. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that the Lord would be SET APART in the eyes of the Egyptians. And so God will use the reality of your vision so that He might be set apart in the eyes of people in every nation, tribe, family, and language of the earth. [Exodus 9:13-16; Romans 9:17] Just as God used angelic ministry to help King Hezekiah and his people, so God will use the angels to help you, if you will PRAY and CRY OUT to Heaven like Hezekiah and Isaiah.

The magicians could not stand before Moses [Exodus 9:11], and neither will the enemy’s people stand before you. There will be a severance – a setting apart – for God’s servants. There is a difference for those anointed for ministry: not “haphazard” ministry, but ministry anointed through prayer, fasting, listening, and obedience! The Lord makes a difference between His people and the people of the enemy. Read prayerfully the following verses; they are God’s Word for you at this time:

Exodus 8:23;

Exodus 9:26;

Exodus 11:7

The two most important things you can do to enlarge your VISION and engage the enemy with VALOR are:

     1. Sit at the feet of Mashiach Jesus; and,

     2. Live holy.

Then your VICTORY will be assured!

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai.

Your friend,

Prince Handley
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