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Count Your Many Blessings

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.” (Psalm 65:11)

At year’s end, a Christian should stop to count his blessings. If he does this fairly and fully, no matter what his problems may have been during the year, he will have to confess that God, as always, has crowned the year with goodness.

The coronation figure is frequently used in Scripture to speak of God’s blessings in the Christian life. For example: “Bless the LORD . . . Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:2, 4). Even our testings and trials are always in the context of God’s grace and love. Christ Himself wore a crown of thorns so that we may be crowned with mercy and salvation.

Consider also Psalm 5:12: “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” The word “compass” is the same Hebrew word as “crown,” with the basic meaning “encircle.” Other jewels in the believer’s year-end crown are God’s grace and glory. “[Wisdom] shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” (Proverbs 4:9).

Then there is the wonderful testimony that “thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). Finally, the believer’s crown is none other than the Lord Himself: “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people” (Isaiah 28:5).

Most Christians have an abundance of material blessings for which to thank the Lord. Even if they have none of these, however, God has crowned the year with goodness and favor, with lovingkindness and tender mercies, with grace and glory and honor and, best of all, with His own presence. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). HMM



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Christ’s First Advent

“For unto us (Israel – Jn. 1:11)  THE Child (not just any child, but THE Child – Lk. 2:21, 27, 43; Rev. 12:13)

is born, unto us THE Son is given (again, not just “a” Son, but THE Son

the phrase “the Son of God” appears 44 times in the Bible!  and, Jn. 3:16 –

clearly speaks of Christ’s First Coming – Mt. 1:1-2:23; Lk. 1:26-2:38; Jn. 1:9-14):

Christ’s Second Advent
and the government shall be upon His shoulder (Christ’s Millennial Kingdom – Rev. 20:1-7):and His name shall be called:
Wonderful Counselor (the word “wonderful” is an adjective, and therefore,

it describes the excellence of Christ’s counsel to mankind – Rev. 3:18), The Mighty God (Jesus, as the Son of God, is both Creator and God –

Gen. 1:1; Ps. 45:6; Heb. 1:1-2, 8; Jn. 1:1-3, 14; 10:30; 20:28; Mt. 1:23;

Col. 1:16; 2:9; 2 Cor. 4:4; Isa. 7:14; etc.), The everlasting Father (Jesus said in Jn. 10:30,I and My Father are one.” 

And in Jn. 14:9, He said, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”), The Prince of Peace (first, Jesus is, at this time, a prince; He will be

anointed as the KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS when
He rules and reigns in His kingdom – 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Rev. 19:16.” and
second, Jesus came to bring peace to those who received Him as their
Lord and Savior.  There are 109 verses in the New Testament that speak
of peace, and the Gospel itself is called the

“Gospel of Peace” in Rom. 10:15.). 

Of the increase of His government
and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David,
and upon His kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth
even for ever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts WILL PERFORM THIS!”

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The Jewels of the Lord



“And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” (Malachi 3:17)


The jewels of the Lord are not rubies and diamonds, but rather are “they that feared the LORD” and who “spake often one to another.” Instead of being mounted in a crown or other adornment as precious stones would be, these jewels will be listed in a very special book. “A book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name” (v.16). What a blessing it would be if, when we get to heaven, we should find our names written in that special book of God’s memories! God does take note of our times of spiritual fellowship with other believers—especially, no doubt, when they occur during times of stress and worldly opposition.


This word (Hebrew cegullah) is not the usual word for “jewels,” more commonly being rendered “peculiar treasures.” For example, Psalm 135:4 says that “the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.” The word suggests treasure carefully guarded in a safe place. The word is translated simply “special” in Deuteronomy 7:6, “a special people unto himself.”


Note in particular Exodus 19:5-6: “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.”


Peter uses the same language in writing to prepare Christians for imminent times of persecution. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). HMM




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The Two Hosts of Heaven

August 14, 2013

Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.” (2 Chronicles 18:18)

This remarkable vision was granted to the prophet Micaiah, the only true prophet at the court of the evil King Ahab of Israel. Other Scriptures confirm that there really is a great host of angels at God’s throne in heaven (Job 1:6; Daniel 7:10; Revelation 5:11; etc.). These are mighty angels, and they go forth at God’s command (Psalm 103:20-21), especially in connection with their primary function as “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).
In addition to the angels, there is another “host of heaven”—the stars, which “cannot be numbered” (Jeremiah 33:22). Like the stars, the angels also are said to be “innumerable” (Hebrews 12:22). Both “hosts” are mentioned in Nehemiah 9:6. Angels are often associated with stars in the Bible, and are even likened to stars on a number of occasions. However, a third of the angels “kept not their first estate” (Jude 6; Revelation 12:3-9). Although angels are not to be worshipped (Revelation 22:8-9), Satan, the “anointed cherub” (Ezekiel 28:14), desired to be “like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14) and led these now-fallen angels into a cosmic rebellion against their Creator which continues to this day. They have, in fact, become associated with both the sky-images of astrology and the corresponding graven images of paganism. Paul warned that such idol worship was, in reality, demon worship (1 Corinthians 10:20). It is this particular “host of heaven” which all devotees of false religions, ancient and modern, have really worshipped when they reject the true God of creation and put their faith in some aspect of the cosmos itself. The faithful and obedient host of heaven worships God alone, and so should we. HMM



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