The Valiant Warrior 31

The Valiant Warrior, Proverbs 31 Woman

Lesson 3 Proverbs 31:12

No school today (Black Friday Break, and I hope you celebrate it the way this old hippy does!). Since there is no school, there is no Morning Devotion. Instead, enjoy the 3rd lesson from last year’s JrHi Ladies Bible Study on the Warrior Woman of Faith.

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Proverbs 31-12

Hope your Thanksgiving was beautiful, Here is a link to my old blog and the 3rd lesson on the Proverb’s 31 woman, The Valiant Warrior

A favorite poem-prayer from my favorite Valiant Warrior

From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from the winds that beat on thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher
From silken self, O Captain free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.
From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakening,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified)
From all that dims Thy Calvary
O Lamb of God, deliver me.
Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire;
Let me not sink to be a clod;
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God
— Amy Carmichael

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Morning Devotions 2 Corinthians 4

When my children were small I read a book to them called Tales of the Kingdom by Karen Mains. One of the many delightful lessons of the book was that nothing was what it looked like. People saw an old, bent woman, but in the light of truth she was young and beautiful (I especially like that character these days!) There was an old man who jingled with his gardening tools, cruel saws, clippers and knives that cut away lush vegetation, but the reality was that he made it possible for them to bear fruit. A beggar was a prince, an unkempt tom-boy was a princess with perfect aim.  Then there were the taxi drivers who always had the power to get you where you were going, even when you thought your path would take you somewhere else.

Life for a believer is somewhat like the fantasy of Tales of the Kingdom. What we think we are experiencing, what others see is not our reality in the unseen kingdom of God… unseen except for clues that we need to learn to see.

But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your Bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:2-6 nkj

One of the themes in Tales of the Kingdom was that the world was living in the dark without power. Those who lived in the Kingdom lived in the light, but to live in the light you had to cherish the things of the light, and stop loving the darkness. Paul, in 2 Corinthians 4 calls it, “renouncing the hidden things of shame,” so that light can shine in the darkness.

King David said,

…He leads me in the paths of righteousness  for His name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:3-4

Why does God save us, then leave us in this dark world? Do we still have sin to pay for?  I am here to tell you that the Messiah paid the price of your sin in full! You are in the kingdom of light because your sin was fully paid for! 2 Corinthians 4 says it all.

We have a treasure hidden within. There is no map, only the fragrance of who we are in Y’shua-Jesus to lead others to life. If we attempt to blend into the world, no one will notice the fragrance of life, but if we live our life on The Way according to the rules of the road, our bibles, then we will have the fragrance of life that will lead others to life in Messiah. But we do walk through a valley in the shadow of death and no one will ever promise you an easy stroll into eternity.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is The Way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14

Just how difficult is The Way that leads to life? At times it is so difficult that many will think you are under judgment from the Almighty… and you may also be tempted to think the same thing. But if you are a believer in Y’shua (Jesus) then you are walking in the same dark valley, having gone through the same narrow gait as Y’shua did. It was the path Paul spoke of when he wrote,

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;

we are perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not forsaken;

struck down, but not destroyed –

always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

…knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus,

Therefore we do not lose heart.

The world is not what it seems to be. The pain you experience in the world is a chance to let the light of Y’shua shine in the darkness of the world, to release your fragrance and lead others to life. Our hidden power is our joy in YHVH. How can the world not know that its attempts to crush us, to put out the light, does just the opposite? Love one another, support one another because we need the encouragement we share…. and press on.
Mrs. Hagerty, November 6, 2015

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Morning Devotions: Psalm 51

Psalm 51, the go-to prayer of repentant sinners. It was the music of David’s heart during one of the darkest moments of his life. I suspect it has been the prayer of your heart as well.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. nkj

Because you probably already know this Psalm as the repent-sinners prayer, I want to look at a few other amazing statements David made in Psalm 51 that lead us back to the idea of our word of the week, Refuge.

Behold” is a flag word in the Bible. It usually alerts me to spiritual truth that I am about to read. It lets me know that what I am going to read comes from the heavenly realm and probably cannot be understood if read with the natural mind. In Psalm 51:6 David says, “Behold,” (warning, what is about to be said must be Spiritually discerned.)

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Almighty desires Truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. (vs 6) Truth is Y’shua (Jesus)

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, the Truth, and the Life….

Y’shua (Jesus) is the Truth, he should be dwelling in your heart, your inward parts. He is the one who makes you to know wisdom but what is wisdom? It is insight for living from the Almighty’s perspective.

The first definition that “Brown-Driver-Brigg’s Hebrew Lexicon” (BDB) lists for wisdom is “skill in war,” If you are a believer then you are a spiritual soldier, you are engaged in a holy rebellion against this world (take up your cross—because the cross is the world’s punishment for sedition against the way of the world… embrace it). Our war is not against people (flesh and blood-Ephesians 6:2) but against dark powers in the spiritual realm. We need wisdom to know how to fight the true enemy instead of wounding people that the Almighty died for. Y’shua healed us by the wounds he suffered, how dare we make wounds on those He suffered for!

Wisdom is not just for Spiritual Warfare, it is also for administration of our resources. The Almighty may own the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) but he gives us stewardship only of what he chooses (Matthew 25:15) He expects us to be both thankful and good stewards. If he is able to make much of little in this world (Proverbs 16:8) then we should be ready to do the same (John 13:15).

One of the many blessings of losing our main source of income for the last four years is the joy of knowing the riches of the Almighty. We lived splendidly on very little and knew Joy instead of depression or deprivation. Like the Hebrew’s of old, even our shoes did not wear out until our time of poverty (as the world describes poverty) was suddenly over. Hallelujah!

Psalm 51:12-14 Restore to me the joy of Your Salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your Ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my Salvation,

Salvation is Y’shua, the Son of God, whom we know as Jesus from the Greek scriptures. His life, his Spirit, is what is living hidden in the heart of believers. He brings joy and that is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Do we sin? Yes! Is sin our doom? It is painful, it is shameful, it hurts those we love and living can be difficult because the Almighty cannot look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13 and Matthew 27:46) but it does not doom the believer.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We have this amazing privilege and hope in Y’shua (Jesus), confession of sin, which Psalm 51 is all about. Forgiveness of sin is from Y’shua, Salvation which is Jesus our Lord. He is The Way we are to live, He is the Truth that guides us on The Way. He is the God of our Salvation! Is there something in your life that leaves you feeling sad, uneasy, without joy? Confess it to Y’shua, He forgives and restores, He strengthens us with Joy! Then, to my amazement, he uses me to show others The Way! Hallelujah!
Mrs. Hagerty, November 5, 2015

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Morning Devotions, Matthew 25:31-46

Our word of the week is throne, and what better passage to review then Matthew 25’s teaching about the sheep and the goats.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Matthew 25:31 nkj

The King of kings is coming, His throne is in Zion (the temple mount in Jerusalem). I believe that his throne is the Ark of the Covenant, hidden by Jeremiah when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians (modern Iraq), the Ark is one of the few temple items that was not taken to Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. The foundational precepts of the kingdom of the Almighty are found in the covenant that the Arc represents. The Son of the Almighty will one day return to his eternal throne, and among his first official acts will be the judgment of the nations. It will start with the Psalm 83 nations but it doesn’t stop there. Each of us will be held accountable for how we treat those who suffer for the King of Glory.

 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
Psalm 24:7-10

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The Golden Gate With its doors welded shut and a cemetery to block holy feet.

Y’shua-Jesus will return from the heavenly realm, back to earth. From his landing point he will walk to Jerusalem, go through her ancient gait, the gait long welded shut to prevent him from coming in, the gait that is the back drop to a cemetery because the heathen believe that he is too holy to walk through a cemetery to enter a gait they have locked; forgetting that the Son of God went to a grave for Lazarus and to another cemetery for the demonic of Gadarenes. The King of Life is not afraid of the bones of the dead and locked doors are nothing to him.

Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Why do some inherit the kingdom that has been prepared since the foundation of the world? Because they have loved others just as they were loved by the Messiah.

1 John 3:16-20 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

Why is it important to love those who believe (Galatians 6:10)? In our passage, shocked believers from the nations, when told that they have fed the King himself when he was hungry, came to him in prison and ministered to him when he was sick, ask, when did we serve you dear King?

Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

To serve other believers when they are most helpless is to serve Y’shua-Jesus himself. Each of us gets a chance to love him through others. But what if we look down our nose, our at least down our day-planner where we do not find any spare time, at our brothers in the Lord? What if they are only getting what they deserve because they are rebellious or poor financial planners? Surly we are exempt from helping people who cause their own problems or who do not worship like we do? What does the King say to those on the Left?

Matthew 25:44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

The answer is the same, as you did it to the least of these my brothers…. Least in status, least in devotion, least in whatever. In our eyes or in his, we are not to judge but to serve. Sometimes it results in entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2) but at other times, we serve the King and do not even know it. Don’t miss your chance! He sees and he will not forget.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Mrs. Hagerty, November 4, 2015

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Morning Devotions: Psalm 9

Psalm 9 a Muth-labben. Right away I have a question. What is a muth-labben? A little bit or research tells me that it is something written because of the death of a son. We know David lost a son who would have been Solomon’s older brother. He died as an infant. But David was a mighty prophet and friend of the Almighty. The Almighty also lost a Son. I think that it is the Almighty’s Son that David writes about in Psalm 9.

I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:1-2 nkj

In this Psalm about the Son of the Almighty, David mentions his own enemies, the aggravation and pain they cause is honestly written by the friend of the Almighty. David knows that the havoc the enemy causes is not forever and they will be held accountable for the destruction they cause. But David will remember the amazing things he has seen the Almighty do and will praise Him for it.

YHVH is eternal (vs 7) but the enemy will come to an end (vs 6).
YHVH has a throne for righteous judgment (vs 7) from where he maintains justice, judging righteously (vs 4) but the enemy will be blotted out in perpetual ruins.

Sometimes when I read verses like these I get an idea in my head that my life will be lived in a bubble of sweetness, filled with kind people. To be honest, there have been seasons like that in my life.  There have also been times when my bubble has burst. The enemy does come in like a flood and even though I believe with all my heart that my enemy is not a flesh and blood person (read Ephesians 6:2), he still manages to use people in my life when he comes against me. It will work that way for you too. If that is how it worked for Y’shua (meaning Salvation, Jesus) who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) then we should expect that our unseen enemy of our soul will seduce others into doing his dirty work.

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4 nkj

What do we do at those times? Fight back? Defend our actions and our motives. Honestly, it has not been my experience that fighting for myself is useless. It tends to fall on deaf ears. But let me tell you, I am not without hope! Neither are you. We have a stronghold, a safe place to find refuge, which is a little different than a hiding place, though we can definitely hide for a season in the stronghold. (vs 9) We who trust in the name of YHVH will not be forsaken by Him (vs 10)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

We have a job to do, make disciples everywhere who embrace the life of Y’shua, our Salvation, our Jesus. We have an enemy who will make our life difficult, not wanting fellow slaves of darkness to be set free by truth (John 8:32) Blood, the life of people is required for sin (vs 12) but we have Y’shua (salvation, vs 14) who has paid our blood-price, setting us free.  This is the message we must tell, this is the hope we are compelled to give to those in darkness, even those the enemy has used to stop us. Run to the strong hold, the Word of the Almighty which is Jesus our salvation. He will never abandon you. He will be the backbone need to stand firm against our enemy.
Mrs. Hagerty, November 3, 2015

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Purple Brussels Sprouts, all ready for the winter holidays at The Toy Box Suburban Farm in Everett, Wa.

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Morning Devotions: Joshua 4:19–5:12

Circumcision. An uncomfortable word that simply means to cut off or to be cut off. Originally only done to men in the flesh, it is currently for all Galatians 3:28(1) because the Almighty has taken away the division. Now it is done to the heart by faith.

Note; before you read the devotion, I encourage you to read today’s passage. If you happen to not have your Bible with you then you can read the passage with many of my personal study notes here-Joshua 4:19 – 5:12

Why did the children of Israel submit to circumcision after 40 years of not practicing it? The Almighty had just shown them who He is by drying the Jordan at flood stage so that they could cross on dry land. The enemies of the people heard of this and were terrified, unwilling to attack Israel after hearing what their God did for them. At the same time the children of Israel were encouraged in the Almighty and ready to renew the covenant their parents had with Him.

If there is one consistent thing Christian preachers say about “the law” it is that no one can keep it. It’s true, you cannot keep the law. The next most common comment about the law is that it doesn’t save anyone. Again, that is true. So why did the Almighty ask the children of Israel to enter this covenant of Torah with Him?

The Torah is not to be “kept” the way we understand this verb in English. It is not something we “do” in exchange for salvation. It is to be guarded. Does guarding the Torah mean we are exempt from submitting to what it says? I do not believe that is correct. Israel literally circumcised every man and boy who entered the promised land after crossing the Jordan on dry land in primary obedience to Torah. Next, they kept the Passover.

Were they “saved” by keeping Torah? No, they kept Torah because they were in covenant relationship with the Almighty. He brought them to the land he promised their Fathers and he did it by his supernatural power. THEN he asked them to do that most difficult act of obedience, circumcision of the flesh. First great grace was shown (the waters of the Jordan were “held back”), then obedience was required. They did not cross into the land of promise because of their obedience. They were obedient because they had crossed the Jordan into the land of Promise.

Why don’t we become circumcised when we enter a covenant relationship with the Almighty? Actually, we do, but it is not in the flesh of our men but in the heart of each believer. We are “cut off” from the world. Heaven is our home but we are still here on earth as ambassadors, missionaries. We are in this world but we are cut off or circumcised from the way of the world.

I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. John 17:14-19 nkj

The English word sanctify means to make holy, to be officially approved by something. It comes from the Hebrew, Qodesh meaning, for the LORD’s use. We are for the LORD’s use, He has shown us how to live, what is good and what He requires of us.

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does YHVH require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

That is why we circumcise our heart. The world tries to tell us what is good and just, but the Almighty is the one we look to for what is truly good and just. To keep HIS Way is to walk humbly with Him.

Romans 10:5-13 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on Torah shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness based on faith (a’men) speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”  But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;  for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” nasu

Mrs. Hagerty, November 2, 2015

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Fresh Cauliflower in November at The Toy Box Suburban Farm in Everett, Wa.

(1) Galatians 3: 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Y’shua  haMashiach.

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The Valiant Warrior, Proverbs 31:11

The Valiant Warrior Lesson 2

There wasn’t school last Wednesday, so there was no Morning Devotion. I am still working on updating the Valiant Warrior series from last year’s (2014) Ladies Devotions Class. Here is Lesson 2, a personal favorite.

The Valiant Warrior, Proverbs 31:11

Proverbs 31-11

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Mrs. Hagerty, November 17, 2015

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