ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:14-18

     “WORTH CONSIDERING” 6/8/20     From Ken <><

Today’s Scripture    (Received in my mail today from a church in Texas.)
“…See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”  (Isaiah 49:16, NIV)

You Are Never Forgotten

We all get dropped in life—dropped by an illness, by a divorce, by a friend who turns on you. It’s easy to feel alone and forgotten, as though you don’t matter. But don’t believe those lies and get stuck in that dark place. Every time God opens His hands, He sees your name. He’s reminded of you. You may have had some bad breaks, some closed doors, some people who didn’t do you right, but God hasn’t forgotten about your dreams or the promises He’s given you. He hasn’t forgotten about that baby you’ve been longing to have, that healing, that wholeness, that freedom you need. Stay in faith. Life happens to all of us, and you may get dropped, but remember that it’s only temporary. God sees it. He’s not only going to lift you back up, but He’s going to take you to a higher place of blessing. You’re going to come out better than you were before.

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You that every time You open Your hands, You see my name. Thank You that You will never forget about me or my dreams or the promises You’ve given me. I believe that You are lifting me up and taking me to a higher place of blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ken’s Thoughts,
Of course we have to be sure to view the context of a scripture to know if it is applicable to us personally.  I have often reminded my readers that Content without Context is Pretext.  the above scripture Isa. 49:16 could be personal to Isaiah, not that it could not be also personal to us but it would need to be confirmed to us personally.  So view the context of Isa.49:16:

13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted.  14 But Zion [Jerusalem, her people as seen in captivity] said, The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.  15 [And the Lord answered] Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you.  16 Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.    Rev. 3:20 ?

In the Old Testament Zion was the eastern most of the two hills of ancient Jerusalem and often means the city rather than the hill.  And also means the Land of Israel.  But in this scripture there also seems an understanding that the reference is for the potential Children of God to remember that they can not be forgotten.  However the souls are seen as afflicted and in captivity and accusing God as to have left them.  So to the issue, we are much to busy to learn to talk to God, or that God has somehow abandoned us.  Of course the context of this scripture is, that it is not God who has left us, but we who have left God.   Jesus with much concern and emotions had this to say:   (Talking to the most religious master’s of HIS day.)
32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins to the brim [so [k] that nothing may be wanting to a full measure].  33 You serpents! You spawn of vipers! How can you escape the [l] penalty to be suffered in hell (Gehenna)?  34 Because of this, take notice: I am sending you prophets and wise men (interpreters and teachers) and scribes (men learned in the Mosaic Law and the Prophets); some of them you will kill, even crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue and persecute from town to town,  35 So that upon your heads may come all the blood of the righteous ([m] those who correspond to the divine standard of right) shed on earth, from the blood of the righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar [of burnt offering].  36 Truly I declare to you, all these [[n] evil, calamitous times] will come upon this generation.  37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, murdering the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused!  38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate (abandoned and left destitute of God’s help).

39 For I declare to you, you will not see Me again until you say, Blessed (magnified in worship, adored, and exalted) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!    Luke 13:33-35 Nevertheless, I must continue on My way today and tomorrow and the day after that—for it will never do for a prophet to be destroyed away from Jerusalem!  34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who continue to kill the prophets and to stone those who are sent to you! How often I have desired and yearned to gather your children together [around Me], as a hen [gathers] her young under her wings, but you would not!  35 Behold, your house is forsaken (abandoned, left to you destitute of God’s help)! And I tell you, you will not see Me again until the time comes when you shall say, Blessed (to be celebrated with praises) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!  Luke 13:33-35.  

Of course the is another option:    John 3:14-18 if anyone will listen and believe.     John 3:14-18
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],  15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may [a] not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!  16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([b] unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.  17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.  18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation—he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

Yours in HIS great Love and Wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><   www.Trinity-Aloha.org

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