What Is To Wait ON the Lord?

WAIT ON THE LORD –or –WAIT FOR THE LORD ?

  •                                                                                   By Mary A. LaClair

In modern English when we hear the word wait, we often think of an inactive being of time: of staying in one place or of doing nothing while expecting a certain thing to happen; or even a waiting in readiness of anticipation. This would more often be passive rather than active.

I kept getting the message “WAIT ON THE LORD” at a time in my life when the ball was in my court. So…instead I passively waited FOR the Lord. When the ball left my court, and I hadn’t ‘made a basket,’ I somehow felt the Lord had let me down; when actually it was I who had probably let the Lord down. You see I was thinking I knew what “Wait ON the Lord” meant. In truth, I did not really know at all that to “Wait Upon the Lord” was active and not passive.

         I found that WAIT ON does not necessarily mean WAIT FOR.

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 In Psalm 27:14 we read “Wait on the LORD, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the LORD” (KJV) Strongs Concordance defines the word “wait” in that verse:

The Strongs Concordance uses Hebrew “number 6960: qavah (kaw-vaw): a primitive root; to bind together; (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect (figuratively); to expect: to gather together.”

If I were to “wait upon the Lord” today, I would gather myself together with Him in quietness, prayer and meditation, binding myself together with Him. I would collect myself in His presence. I would ask Him to twist or entwine His Holy Spirit with my spirit. This is anything but an inactive biding of one’s time.

Checking Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (fifth ed.) an additional definition of wait is “(3) to act as attendant or servant; esp, to attend or wait upon persons at table; to serve – v.t. to serve as a waiter or attendant upon; as, to wait table.”

Webster goes on to clarify our investigation, listing: “wait on or upon: a. to attend as a servant; to serve. b. to go and see; to visit on business or for ceremony,: and, “Waiter – one who pays one’s respect to another in a formal call.”

Now I know that to WAIT ON THE LORD means to pay my respect to Him in a formal call, even with ceremony, for business, also to be at His service. Quite different from “Wait For,” wouldn’t you say? I hope you will be smarter than I was and you have learned with me. I pray that if you ever get the message to WAIT ON THE LORD, you will be smarter than I was and you won’t be passively waiting for, but will be actively waiting upon.

“They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

Art rendition furnished by Marti Fuller. Thank you again Martha.

(first published in the CNY ReVive 1998 paper and then Jan. 7, 2001 in PURPOSE, a Mennonite publication, including the artwork each time)

“Brave German Woman” Rebukes Islam’s Lie (Video)

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This is worth the time for listening…may this woman and her family be rewarded with the Divine protection of God for speaking His truth, and our Truth… give a listen… Thanks.        After listening, I invite you to visit http://www.LookListenANDThink.com for the article “God Is Not Allah”.

Originally posted on The Tree of Mamre:

On November 10, 2013, at the Memorial Church of the Reformation in Speyer, Germany, an interfaith concert was scheduled for the purpose of bringing Islam and Christianity together. The concert was supposed to be opened with a prayer by a Muslim iman, proclaiming that “Only Allah is the Lord. He is God, the only God”, but as you can see from the video, that is not quite what happened.

Muslims can and should worship as they want, so long as they do not harm others–that is not the issue here. The issue is that this iman had no business spouting his poison in a Christian church, and church leaders should be ashamed of allowing him or the concert to go forward.

It is time for Christians everywhere to act as Heidi Mund–to take a stand and say, as she did, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and there is…

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Man Refuses 1936 Nazi Salute – What was the cost of silence?

I tried to re-blog the article Man Refuses Nazi Salute to this site. It wouldn’t re-blog to two sites for me, so it may be found re-blogged at my other site, www.LookListenAndThink.com, which I wish you would check out. 

It says in few words what I’ve said in the longer article here WHEN TOLERANCE IS A SIN – this is history speaking. And that writer makes the point quite poignantly.

Thanks for going there to see the wisdom of this man’s writings and how he applies it.

WHEN TOLERANCE IS A SIN

WHEN TOLERANCE IS A SIN
– Mary A. LaClair

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We must not let Non-Christians define Christianity for us, or for the world. Strangely enough, I do see this happening. Many have listened to the lie for so long, they begin to believe that they are supposed to be tolerant. Was it Hitler or Stalin who said, ‘Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will begin to believe it’ ? There is a time when tolerance is a sin, and we need to be aware of that fact.

Rev. 2:20-26: “Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality … I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, Unless they repent of her ways.
I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): Only hold on to what you have until I come.
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—“ (NIV) (emphasis mine)

This is pretty strong language regarding the consequences.

Much the same way cities and ships, etc., are referred to in the feminine, this is symbolic. It is NOT about women or even a woman. For instance, I came out of a denomination which is solely run by male hierarchy but which still refers to itself as Holy Mother Church, therefore, the feminine prophetess descriptive could be self proclaimed. This is the same church which was the forerunner in having hidden male sexual sin, sodomy, and pedophilia finally exposed in its ranks. I am sure God gave her time to repent prior to the exposure. Exposure of this in several other church organizations soon followed.

Time is short and God is now demanding the repentance of all churches worldwide – but be careful for the warning applies also to those who will, in a manner of speaking, commit adultery with her, specifically for those who TOLERATE sexual sin in their ranks, just as it says above.

* Note well This does not mean the youthful victims who (a) had no choice (b) repented.
These victims, mostly young at the time, did not and do not qualify, unless they have gone on to adopt that lifestyle in an unrepenting manner. Please rest assured on the innocence of the then youthful victims. For any victims who have become strugglers because of it, there is deep remorse. There are several ex-gay organizations who specialize in helping strugglers who may have developed these tendencies through abuse. Please visit web-sites: http://www.regenbooks.org or http://www.exodus-international.org.

Vladimir Putin set what I think IS a proper example of intolerance when he stated that homosexual Olympians would be safe as long as they left the children alone; he also stated what they would NOT TOLERATE – that they were NOT to promote – their lifestyle on the streets in his country; he also stated that more of our states in America disapprove homosexuality than approve and that Americans need to be reminded of that. Good for Putin! I don’t know if he is familiar with Revelation 2:20-26 but I’d say that he has more of an innate understanding of it than some American churches, whether he knows it or not.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/79427/this-is-putin-s-wild-quote-about-gays-at-the-olympics

A Scripture which might come to mind concerning this Russian’s opinion is this: “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”     (Hmmmm…)

 

The referenced Scripture at the beginning of this article (Rev. 2:20-26) is definitely a warning for those in the churches who TOLERATE those who lead others astray into sexual sin and who TOLERATE such. Please be clear on that point. Good for Vladimir Putin! He declares no tolerance for their homosexual activities in his streets.

When Christians are chided by Non-Christians that we must be ‘tolerant’ of gay pride, who will be the ones to bring attention to the fact that PRIDE was the sin for which Lucifer was cast out of heaven and into hell?

Who will remind them that PRIDE remains a deadly sin to this day?

Will Christians – even Non-Christians – be bold enough to ask them why they are PROUD of having PRIDE, and why they are proud of being gay?

Why is it that they seek man’s approval…is it because they know they are doing something wrong in God’s eyes?

“Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt.” Leviticus 19:17 NIV
 “Don’t hate your brother. Rebuke anyone who sins; don’t let him get away with it, or you will be equally guilty.”
Leviticus 19:17 TLB
 “Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden.” Proverbs 28:23; Galatians 2:14
 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.”
Proverbs 27:5-6 AMP
 “He who rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.”
Proverbs 28:23 AMP


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For further study on Rev. 2:20-26 I offer the following from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Rev 2:23-26

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(2.) Now why should the wickedness of this Jezebel be charged upon the church of Thyatira? Because that church suffered her to seduce the people of that city. But how could the church help it? They had not, as a church, civil power to banish or imprison her; but they had ministerial power to censure and to excommunicate her: and it is probable that neglecting to use the power they had made them sharers in her sin.

3. The punishment of this seducer, this Jezebel, v. 22,23, in which is couched a prediction of the fall of Babylon. (1.) I will cast her into a bed, into a bed of pain, not of pleasure, into a bed of flames; and those who have sinned with her shall suffer with her; but this may yet be prevented by their repentance. (2.) I will kill her children with death; that is, the second death, which does the work effectually, and leaves no hope of future life, no resurrection for those that are killed by the second death, but only to shame and everlasting contempt.
4. The design of Christ in the destruction of these wicked seducers, and this was the instruction of others, especially of his churches: All the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and the hearts; and I will give to every one of you according to your works. God is known by the judgments that he executes; and, by this revenge taken upon seducers, he would make known, (1.) His infallible knowledge of the hearts of men, of their principles, designs, frame, and temper, their formality, their indifference, their secret inclinations to symbolize with idolaters. (2.) His impartial justice, in giving every one according to his work, that the name of Christians should be no protection, their churches should be no sanctuaries for sin and sinners.
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5. The encouragement given to those who keep themselves pure and undefiled: But to you I say, and unto the rest, &c.,

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

If you ‘copy’ either of the below links, then open a ‘new tab’ at the top of your screen, then ‘paste’ the copied link into the URL line at the top of your computer, it should take you to that article. At the close of the linked article, when you close that tab, it should bring you back to this site, where you may repeat the same steps with the second link found here below.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/02/uganda-leader-says-he-will-sign-anti-gay-bill-201421565051727696.html

http://www.policymic.com/articles/79427/this-is-putin-s-wild-quote-about-gays-at-the-olympics

For worldly reasons why homosexuality should not be tolerated please see common sense revisited in the article regarding Michael Sam and the NFL at:  http://looklistenthink.wordpress.com/

Thanks for reading…!

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JUDGING MICHAEL SAM?

SHOULD MICHAEL SAM BE JUDGED?
– Mary LaClair

Most people would be quick to say that Michael Sam should not be judged –and to that end, that we should remain silent.
Rephrasing that, to bring out the implied but unspoken, it would read: Most people would be quick to say that Michael Sam should not be judged (as a person) –and to that end, that we should remain silent (on his actions). Try telling that to a judge next time you’re caught speeding!
To judge someone necessitates a verdict. And that is just what he is looking for– a verdict.
In this case, the person is bringing himself before a court of sorts to have a verdict rendered: either judged innocent, acquitted or judged guilty. Will this be the court of public opinion; or, will it be the court of the NFL Board? I believe it is both.
When one remains silent one is, in effect, judging on the side of ‘not guilty’ and a judgment is rendered merely through acquiescence. Therefore, remaining silent IS rendering a judgment; and, no decision BECOMES a decision. I think this is just what the homosexual activists are hoping for and are trying to achieve through this public announcement.
However, the jury is still out in the ‘court of public opinion’.
For what a secular jury should consider in this case, please visit my secular site at:
http://www.LookListenAndThink.com and look for the topic ‘Michael Sam’s Coming Out Statement.
You may wish to peruse several articles on

  • ‘Judging’ found in the archives/category menu HERE and at the site referenced above.
  • Thanks for reading…may you be enlightened as to both man’s view and to God’s view.

    http://looklistenthink.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/michael-sams-football-coming-out-statement/

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    BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER

      IS IT BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER OR BY THE POWER OF HIS WORD?      –     —  by Mary A. LaClair

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    Heb 1:1-4
    “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
    NKJV

    Wouldn’t it read much better if it said ‘by the power of His word’?  But that would not be correct.

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    The Word of His Power

    Every once in awhile a Scripture will seem impossible to understand. Sometimes I think “Maybe it’s actually a mis-print.”  In an effort to clear up any misunderstanding I search numerous other versions.

    The Scripture, “He upholds all things by the word of his power”, seems more natural to read as ‘by the power of his word’; yet I find that it is correct as written; “…by the word of His power.”

    Searching the internet for what other ministries might think this unusual wording means,  I was not satisfied that I’d found enough there. In my heart I asked the Lord several times what is the significance of this special wording, wording which seemed backwards to me.                seek bible

    I was probably folding laundry when something just dropped itself in my mind, with no pre-thought and no effort of my own.  Surprise! This thought was the answer to my long asked question.  I have since found Scripture verifies and proves that which was suddenly planted in my mind.

    Jesus used the words of the Father.  Jesus’ power is from the Father and the words of the Father. That is his Power. I feel that the word Power should be capitalized in this reference.

    John 5:19-20                           Jesus_resurrection

    19 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (NIV)

     John 12:48-50

     49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”  KJV   

    It’s not the power of his own word, Jesus’ power is the Father and the Father’s words! The words spoken by the Father carry power.  Jesus upholds all things by the spoken word of the Father  —  the spoken word of his Power!

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    Jesus himself often said that he did, and said, only what he saw his Father do and what he heard his Father say.

    Saying ‘the word of his Power’ is giving a double implication, double significance, to the mind picture of the Father being Power, and the importance of the word of Father God, the God-head of the Trinity.

    John 5:30

    30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  KJV

     John 8:27-29

     28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be] and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” KJV

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     John 14:9-10

     10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. KJV

    I now see this Scripture as ‘He upholds all things by the Word of the Father’ the “Word of His Power…His Power being the Father and the Father’s words.

    Jesus wants us to know that the words are not his words, therefore it is not ‘by the power of his word’. The ‘Word of His Power” means  the source of the power is the Father; thus, all things are upheld by the word of The Father who is the Power in Jesus –just as the Word of God should be the power within us if, and when in faith, we speak the words of the Father which were also spoken by Jesus.

    It may be like saying that one cannot separate the Word from the Father.  Jesus is the Word made flesh and one cannot separate Jesus from the Father, they are One. This is what Jesus tells us in the Scriptures quoted above, if one can see it.

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    “… who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,…” NKJV

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    Are We All Children of God?

    Are We All Children of God?

    has been posted at the following site:

    Please click on the link below to read the informative and well researched article containing Scriptural support. I welcome your comments.

    http://looklistenthink.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for reading…..

    We are all God’s creation   Adam01Becoming a child of God is a choice

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