Freedom of worship to God

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Trees ( fig; olives; vines ) were a conducive place for worship ( fasting and studying in the words of the law ) in the history of Israel as a  chosen nation. Therefore, the shade of trees represented for people, a feeling of tranquility, security & enjoyment of property. Ezekiel 34: 25 – 28 ” …I will make them and the places around my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing. The tree of the field shall yield its fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall  be secure in their land…However, today’s devotional is an echoes of that background revealed in the Book of Micah 4: 4 ” But they will sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and no one will make them afraid: for the mouth of Yahweh of Armies has spoken. This is disposition to easily chose her place of worship and praising God without any feeling of insecurity, nourished by  previous many invasions of Israel by idols worshipers nations. The prophet Micah emphasized that, the enemies of God’s people will be no more, indigenous tribes around the promised land, neither Jews and Gentiles, there shall be none to hurt in the holy mountain ( God’s dwelling place ) of the Lord, or any violence and oppression, wasting and destruction, anywhere until the coming of the ” Messiah ” with the full knowledge of God. Jeremiah 23: 5 ” Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as King and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. ” (cross-reference verse: Isaiah 11: 9 ). Furthermore, the greatest confirmation & assurance of the future accomplishment of the prediction and promise, came from the Lord himself –  the source of truth – who is able & reliable, and faithful to perform what he has spoken.

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Most people today live in postmodern despair, they have no purpose for living, forget about where to worship God! They live on the verge of sadness. They are afraid of what tomorrow hold on, to peer ( looking with difficulty ) over and see what is next. The Biblical record, however, allows us neither of these options. God is alive and has made great plans for this world and our lives, but He has integrated our choices into his plans. John 4: 23 – 24 ” …For God is Spirit, so those who worship him, must worship in spirit and in truth. ” We do not dictate God’s plan. But neither are we victims of a plan. We are accountable for our choices, whether they be good or bad. God carefully interweaves our lives together into His Sovereign plan.

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Eternal God, may I look to the Pilgrims and learn that to pray by faith with the heart is not to pray by faith of the imagination. Help me to pray in accordance with the Word, and hold faithfully to what I would rightfully have. Amen!

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