Revealing the Truth about Jonah 1 – 4 by Denise N. Fyffe

Revealing the Truth about Jonah 1 - 4
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Repentance Follows a God sent Prophet

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord . He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.-Jonah 1:1‭-‬3 NLT.

Disobedience and Correction

Jonah is an example of an unwilling prophet. His story shows us the classic example of God using someone who is initially unwilling, but is still used to fulfill God’s purpose.

After going through a storm, being thrown off of a ship and being swallowed by a whale Jonah then relented to God. Sometimes it takes great correction and trials from God, to bring us back on the path that we are meant to be on.

When I read the scriptures further, something stood out. The seamen were religious men. They might not have believed in Yahweh, but they believed that there was a God and turned their hearts and lives to Him when He demonstrated his power.

Revealing the Truth about Jonah 1 - 4

As for Jonah, I could see him sulking, as some of us often do when doing something is not for our benefit. I also could see him being thrown off the ship, sinking to the depths, gasping for breath and then being swallowed by what must have seemed to be a mountain. Only God could cause an animal that big, which likely did not eat flesh, to swallow a human being.

Imagine being in the esophagus and stomach of a living animal. Water would be everywhere. How then did Jonah survive?

With God’s help!

God would have altered the natural workings of the whale, to protect Jonah and keep him alive while he was in the whale’s stomach. That is how powerful our God is, because Jonah was not digested those three days.

After being spewed out on the beach, Jonah received his second chance and you can see that He didn’t hesitate. If it were me, I would be scared out of my mind.

Immediately, he proclaimed the Word of God.

Repentance

Jonah was a God sent prophet. Therefore, God not only made way for him, but the hearts of the people were open and ready to heed God’s warning.

The sailors were in the right placed at the right time, to be saved. Though they lost some cargo, they gained their soul. These were good men. Men who did not want to be guilty of murder when they threw Jonah overboard, so they did everything else first. That is why God allowed Jonah to divert, not only to correct him in such a way; but for God to be glorified and these men to also learn about and worship God.

In addition, a nation of 120,000 people were saved. When God sends you somewhere, it means that it is the ordained time and season for you to carry out that specific work. Any later and the people of Nineveh might have rejected the warning and God would have to destroy them.

Stubborn Anger

Anger is a rotten, poisonous root that will corrupt even the most saintly of men. The prophet was at risk of being corrupted and God had to use a plant and a worm to teach Jonah a lesson, again. A more subtle approach. For anger, on the flip side, can corrupt subtly; if one is unaware.

The book of Jonah, allows us to see a great demonstration of God’s power. It allows us to see that He is also a master strategist and will move heaven and earth, and everything in it to save his children.

Selah.

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Revealing the truth about Deuteronomy 15 by Denise N. Fyffe

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Revealing the Truth About Deuteronomy 15

Release for Debtors

1 At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money.

2 This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the lord’s time of release has arrived.

3 This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites—not to the foreigners living among you.

4 There should be no poor among you, for the lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession.

5 You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the lord your God that I am giving you today.

6 The lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.
7 But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.

8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

9 Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the lord, you will be considered guilty of sin.

10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

11 There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.”Deuteronomy 15:1-11

Jamaica’s Road Map for release from Poverty

This is what the Lord revealed to me:

Deuteronomy 15 was a command given by God to the Israelites; it is also a list of key principles which can help to stave off poverty.

Jamaica, as well as many other third world nations are intimately familiar with poverty. Partly because we have long walked away from the practices that have served our forefathers. Mind you, black people on this side of the hemisphere have had their inheritance and cultural practices stolen from them. How could we then remember what we didn’t get to experience, because of slavery?

It is also important to remember that there are many Jamaicans who are actually black Jews. But this truth is from hidden us, but no more.

Road Map

So then, it is for us to search out the words of Yeshua, find for ourselves those principles and adapt them into our daily lives. Here is Deuteronomy 15 reinterpreted for Jamaica.

1 At the end of every seventh year Jamaicans must cancel the debts of everyone who owes them money.

2 This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Jamaicans. They must not demand payment from their Jamaican neighbors or relatives, for the Lord’s time of release has arrived.-Deuteronomy 15:1-2

If Jamaican lending institutions and individuals adapted this practice, among ourselves, poverty would ultimately be eliminated.

Consumer debt

Debt is a big problem globally. In the United States consumer debt has grown at an annual rate of 4.1 percent. The country’s debt is currently around $2.6 trillion, or $11,000 per adult.

3 This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Jamaicans—not to the foreigners living among you.

4 There should be no poor among you in Jamaica, for the lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession.

5 You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.

6 The lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. Jamaica will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.

Credit card debt and loans

One of the main contributors to escalating poverty rates is credit card debt and loans. Presently the major banks are pushing credit cards on the people, at a time of high unemployment rates and increasing poverty levels. “The unemployment rate in Jamaica is about 13.2% (April 2015, Statistical Institute of Jamaica ), with youth unemployment more than twice the national rate (38%).” Loan interest rates are criminal. They are the vice which keeps Jamaicans shackled to poverty for decades.

IMF debt

Jamaica itself, has been shackled to an IMF debt for decades. Because of our borrowing habits, that debt,adds up to trillions of dollars.

7 But if there are any poor Jamaicans in your towns when you arrive in the land of Jamaica, which the lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.

8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

9 Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the Lord, you will be considered guilty of sin.

10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

Here in Deuteronomy 15:10, we see the blessing to be inherited, as stated by God. Jamaicans have always been counselled that to give is better than to receive. It has been drilled into our consciousness by our parents.

11 There will always be some Jamaica who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Jamaicans in need.

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Revealing the Truth about Malachi 4 by Denise N. Fyffe

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The students of the Word of Almighty God are aware that the bible is filled with many parallels and passages, which are applicable to different points in history.

I read Malachi 4 a few nights ago, but this time I was receiving revelation that was hidden to me before.

As I read the words vs. listening to them, my thinking strayed towards the hot temperatures we have experienced; the hottest since records have been kept, so says climate experts.

Malachi 4:1‭-‬6 (NLT)

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “

Remember to obey the Law of Moses, my servant—all the decrees and regulations that I gave him on Mount Sinai for all Israel. “

Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

This chapter speaks about a coming judgement. However, I was specifically drawn to “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise…” I knew this was in reference to Jesus. But God communicated to my spirit that in these last days, demonic spirits will feel the impeding return of Jesus Christ just as we feel the heat of the sun.

After all, He is the Morning Star. It is not a coincidence that these names are used for Him, Christ Jesus.

Malachi gave this warning just before the world plunged into the Dark Ages. Now, we are experiencing forbearing natural incidents that causes alarm and trepidation in many. The world is hotter than it has ever been. There are droughts, floods, immense deforestation, pollution etc.

This chapter also comes with instructions from God to His people. He asks that we obey all the laws he gave to Moses. Did you know that these are the laws, not only for humanity but also of heaven?

We must prove ourselves obedient and faithful to them here on earth, so that we qualify for heaven.

God also foretells of the defeat of the enemy, for the sons and daughters of God. It shall be so thorough, the enemy is likened unto dust.

Praise God!

I urge you to obey His commandments and heed God’s warnings “Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Selah.

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Revealing the truth about Proverbs 28:3 by Denise N. Fyffe

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 The Poor oppressing the Poor

A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.-Proverbs 28:3

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How can you destroy your own, who are on your level?

How can you break the rung beneath to stop another man’s ascension?

If you fall, who will be below you to catch you?

It is dangerous to cleave to foolishness and not heed wisdom.

 

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Revealing the truth about Jude 1 by Denise N. Fyffe

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The Danger of False Teachers

Even in the time of Jude, false teachers attempted and often succeeded in supplanting themselves in God’s church.

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False Teachers contending For The Faith -Jude1_1 image courtesy of southlandbible-org

The directions given by the Holy Spirit through the servant Jude, was to all Christian saints. Both in the past, present day and definitely in the future. (Jude 1:1)

Jude was highly aware of how devastating this strategic attack of the enemy is. He asked for mercy, peace and love to abound in the churches that fall prey to this type of attack. This is especially needed not only because of the devastation to the spiritual conditions of the followers, but love is required in dealing with the individual or persons.

If a church is not equipped with the weapons of spiritual warfare, then Love, Christ Jesus, is more than enough to do, more than we could ever ask for. His manifestation will bring about dramatic change in that situation; with Him all else will follow.

The Call to Defend the Faith

Jude says:

I am writing to all..” and he further clarifies “who have been called by God, the Father… urging you to defend the faith… because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches.”

Jude clearly identified these people as ‘ungodly’ – not of God; neither is He found in or with them. He also stated that by instigating and propagating these practises and living ‘their way of life’ that they have “…denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”- John 14:6

Jude 1:5-7 is a revealing section of text.

5 So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.

6 And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment.

7 And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.

If you observe carefully, one can identify the types of perversion these false teachers were introducing to the church, in Jude’s day. The same ones that we are presently battling in today’s world. The same ones causing great apostasy in American churches.

Disobedience.

Sodomy.

Homosexuality.

Immorality.

Sexual Perversion.

It is important to note the kind of judgement and reward that will be meted out to these false teachers. The bible says, “...destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgement.”

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False Teacher Jude 1:12 image courtesy of southlandbible-org

Who are False Teachers?

A false teacher is often not a simple man who walks off the street and immediately gains access to your ears, heart and pulpit. For this man would have to prove himself, right? The false teacher is oftentimes someone who has a platform, has some level of authority and are role models.

For the bible says, in Jude 1:8 “… these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.

They truly have no regard for the supernatural. They truly have no fear of the judgement of God.  They truly have no true belief in the Word of God. They are players, deceivers, liars, hypocrites. They are fake, false and are agents of Lucifer himself. Even if they are not consciously aware of it.

Oh, the bible says, “…what sorrows awaits them.”

It states that “..they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion“. – Jude 1:11

God considers, “…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…”-1 Samuel 15:23 (KJV)

Jude 1:12-13,16 clearly states the characteristics of false teachers and as such the men and women of God should not stay in a place of deceit with these false teachers, but should rebuke and cast them out of their midst; until they repent and come back to Christ Jesus.

The Gift of Discernment

Do not be deceived.

This is why it is important that the body of Christ have the gift of discernment, a plenty. Also to speak out against such practices. The only way this is possible, is for people to have a relationship with Christ. If this is maintained, then false teachers will have no place among you.

This gift allows for you to discern and identify the spirits in operation in a person or church. Remember, even demons walk boldly through church doors.

 

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Revealing the truth about Ephesians 6:13-18 by Denise N. Fyffe

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The Whole Armor of God

In the next two blog post I will be talking about putting on “The whole Armor of God”. In this first post we go over the reference text Ephesians 6:13-18, List of each one and reference verses about each one. In the next post we go over each one in detail. I will be using the New Living Translation bible for scripture references.

Ephesians 6:13-18

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness.

15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.

16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

In this passage Paul tells us to put on seven things to help us as Christians to fight temptation and to become more mature believers. 1.) Belt of Truth 2.) Breastplate of Righteousness 3.) Battle Shoes 4.) Shield of Faith 5.) Helmet of Salvation 6.) Sword of the spirit “The Bible” 7.) Praying the Spirit at all times.

Here’s is a few Scripture reference to each one of things listed, I will be going over each one in detail, in the next blog post.

  •  Belt of Truth – Isaiah 11:5, Ephesians 4:25, John 4:24, Colossians 3:8-10
  •  Breastplate of Righteousness – 1 kings 3:9, Proverbs 2:7-8, Psalm 94:15
  •  Standing in the Gospel (Shoes) – Ephesians 6:15, Romans 8:5-13, Romans 10:15
  •  Helmet of Salvation (Jesus)1 Thessalonians 5:8, Colossians 1:18, 1 Peter 4:1, psalm 140:7, 1 Corinthians 2:16
  •  Word of God (Sword of the spirit)– Isaiah 49:2, 2 Corinthians 6:7, Hebrews 4:12-13, Psalm 149:4-6
  •  Shield of Faith – Psalm 35:1-3,9, 1 Peter 1:5, Psalm 33:20, 1 Timothy 6:12, 1 John 5:4-5

I know their is a lot of scripture mentioned here but it help you better understand what each one means. If you don’t know the books of the bible, i have two pages that list each book in order.

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In the next two blog post i will be talking about putting on “The whole Armor of God”. In this first post we go over the reference text Ephesians 6:13-18, List of each one and refernce verses about each one. In the next post we go over each one in detail. I will be using the New Living Translation bible for scripture refernces.

Passage Ephesians 6:13-18

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.15For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.t16In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of…

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Revealing the truth about 1 Peter 1:6-7 by Denise N. Fyffe

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Why you must endure many Trials

1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

The Answer to Why

why we go through trials image courtesy of calledforsuchatime-comThis bible verse from the Book of Peter, answers a heartrending question, why. Trials are common to Christians and many through this suffering ask this simple but complex question. It is as if the answer would help us to make sense of our experience or help us to bear.

…and It does.

It will also prove who you are and prove whether you are faithful to God. How? If you are being tested to prove yourself to God, then if that matters to you, you will endure the testing. However, if you don’t care, you will forsake him.

God says that we are refined as gold in this process. We are made strong and can therefore represent Him and endure whatever persecution that comes against us.

So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;-1 Peter 1:7

For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.-Psalm 66:10-12

For the sake of My name I delay My wrath, And for My praise I restrain it for you, In order not to cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. “For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.-Isaiah 48:9-11

Jesus endured persecution. He was crucified for our sake and He made it through. He did say that greater things we will do than He on earth because of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. As such, we will endure more, but we will do greater things because of it.

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.-John 14:12

Finding this verse gives me comfort and surity, being someone who has endured a great many trials, the answer to my whys, is a balm to my soul.

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Revealing the truth about Romans 8:39 by Denise N. Fyffe

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No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.- ROMANS 8:39

The Word

Romans 8 39There is no cause to worry about where we shall end up as Christians, if we believe wholly and solely in this statement. Fear, doubt and worry should not be apart or in our mind after reading and claiming such a promise.

This promise is eternal and is as old as time.

20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.- 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

One can take comfort in the fact that God loves me/you so much that He promised that nothing shall get in between us and Him.

It is a choice though as much as it is a promise. If we despise Him, rebel against His laws and precepts and we die, before receiving salvation and coming back to Him, then we shall eternally be separated from His presence.

This is a sad ending; one worth worrying about.

But, If you share the desire to be with God as he clearly shares, then nothing created and outside of God can keep me/you from Him.

My/Our heart shall freely make her boast to everyone, in Him and shall be comforted by this promise. Every word spoken by God must come through, even when heaven and earth pass away. Even when death has taken my/your life and when we doubt; His word and promises will hold true.

But his word will direct us and align us to His will. For His word said, ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.’ – Psalm 119:105

Even when we rebel and live in sin.
Even when we fornicate and desecrate.
Even when we are stubborn and blind.
Even when the enemy deceives us.
Even when we feel that God has deserted us.

“Neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—

not even the powers of hell..”

His promise holds true. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—will ever be able to separate us from the love of God – God himself.

Now I move in faith knowing He, desires that we have faith in Him Hebrews 11:6.

 

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Song

Amy Grant – Thy Word Lyrics

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
When I feel afraid,
And think I’ve lost my way.
Still, you’re there right beside me.
Nothing will I fear
As long as you are near;
Please be near me to the end.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
I will not forget
Your love for me and yet,
My heart forever is wandering.
Jesus by my guide,
And hold me to your side,
And I will love you to the end.
Nothing will I fear
As long as you are near;
Please be near me to the end.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
And a light unto my path.
You’re the light unto my path.
Thy Word lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.