The Lord Will Do Wonders!

Joshua 3:1-5 (NKJV) [1]Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. [2]So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; [3]and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it,

(The ark represents God’s presence. Keep your eyes on Him – through prayer and Bible study.)

then you shall set out from your place and go after it. [4]Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”

(Follow the Lord, obey His Word, rely on Him, and acknowledge that you don’t know where to go.)

[5]And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves

(Confess all known sin.),

for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

(Expect God’s movement in your midst!!)

Keep trusting..the Lord’s Wonders are coming!!!!

We love yall.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

Intercessory Missionaries (Please send us your prayer requests.)

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Song of Songs

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords has a Song of Songs.  Jesus is the most kingly of the kings. He is regal and majestic.  Jesus is the most authoritative lord of all lords.  He is the blessed potentate…the Lord of Lords.  He has a song about Him that is the most exquisite song that has ever been written…the Song of Songs.

 
These are titles that God inspired human writers to pen.  If God gives these superlative titles, should not we spend much time finding out why Jesus and His song deserve such names?
 
What does the Song of Songs say about the Lord of Lords?  What does it mean?  To understand Song of Songs, you need to know that it is the love relationship between Groom Jesus and His Bride.  You are His Bride…as the church.
 
Song 1:1-2 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.  [2] Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth–for your love is better than wine. The Bride states that she wants the kisses of his mouth.  The kiss of the mouth is His Word.  Let him kiss me…show love and comfort by the comfort of His Word…for the love He expresses is better than the best of what this world offers.
 
Song 1:4 Draw me away!  We will run after you.  In this verse, we find our two fold statement of purpose.  “Draw me away” is in singular tense.  It is a statement of intimacy.  She, the Bride, is saying that she wants to get closer to Groom Jesus.  That is our primary purpose in life…to draw close and be intimate with Jesus.  “We will run after you” is in plural tense.  This speaks of our running together with Him and the body of Christ in ministry.  Our two fold purpose is to be intimate with God and to be involved in ministry running with believers as we minister together.
 
Song 1:5 I am dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.  In verse 5, the Bride Believer makes a tremendous statement.  It is a statement of the paradox of grace.  “I am dark but lovely”.  Her journey begins.  There is a crisis of sin that involves shame and rejection.  The Bride Believer is aware of sin in her life.  She declares that she is dark.  This represents the awareness that her heart is weak and prone to sin.  But she makes an important declaration also.  She declares that she is lovely also.  She acknowledges that in the Groom’s eyes, she is beautiful and He only sees her willing heart.  Matthew 26:40-41 (NKJV)  Then Jesus came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? [41] Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” If we could ever catch the significance of this phrase, it would revolutionize the way we relate to God!  Most of us struggle with shame after we sin…we don’t believe that God can love such a worthless sinner!  But God looks only at our willing spirit…we are lovely!  Yes…we need to be aware that we are ‘dark’ sinful people but…to God, we are beautiful and He loves us with a perfect love.
 
Song 1:7 Tell me, O you whom I love, where you feed your flock, where you make it rest at noon. For why should I be as one who veils herself by the flocks of your companions?  The Bride Believer…(that is you)…knows that her walk with the Lord has slipped.  She wants to come back to Groom Jesus.  She asks Him how to get back to right relationship with Him.  Groom Jesus renews the romance in Song 1:8 If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the shepherds’ tents. He tells her three things that she needs to do to renew the ‘romance relationship’.  1. Follow in the footsteps of the flock…get back in fellowship with the flock or church.  2.  Feed your little goats…get involved in ministry.  3.  Beside the shepherd’s tents…get under authority of your shepherd or pastor.
 
Look at Song 1:11 We will make you ornaments of gold with studs of silver.  “We” refers to the Trinity…God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The Trinity will make you an ornament of gold with studs of silver.  What does that mean?  An ornament is used as a display device.  A Christmas ornament displays something relating to Christmas.  The Trinity will make us into an ornament to display gold with studs of silver.  Gold is symbolic of deity and silver is symbolic of redemption.  The Trinity will make us into an ornament to display God’s nature and His love for the world by providing redemption.  Wow!  
 
I hope you are capturing the greatness of this little book.  The Song of Songs is the most exquisite song ever written about the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  If you would like to dig deeper into this little book, click here and start with Session 4.
 
We love yall.  Our desire is that you would be passionate about your relationship to Groom Jesus! 
 
We had a wonderful time at FBC Ellijay this past Sunday.  What a great church with the best people in the world.
 
Billy and Sheilah Daws
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Why are you a Christian…a believer…a worshipper of God?

So much of our Christian life has been self serving; we have been in this relationship with God for what we can get out it. We want our peace, our provision, our comfort, our purpose, our blessings. This is the path that most of us take. However, our desire should be to get to the point that we are more interested in what God gets out of this relationship than what we get out of it.

Song of Songs is a love story between King Solomon and the Shulamite woman. But it is so much more! King Solomon is symbolic of Jesus the Groom and the Shulamite woman is symbolic of the church or Bride or the individual believer. In the first four chapters, the Shulamite is only interested in her comfort, her garden, her pleasure. But she goes through a process where the King withdraws His presence. Through this process, the Shulamite woman begins to change. Notice what the Shulamite woman says in Song 4:16, “Awake, north wind! Come, south wind! Blow on my garden! Let its spices flow from it. Let my beloved come to his garden, and let him eat his own precious fruit.” The Shulamite woman has come to the point that she invites the north and the south wind to blow on her garden. She has come to recognize that in life she needs both the north wind and the south wind. The north wind brings bitter, harsh, cold winds…necessary for pruning and dying off of unwanted growth and weeds. The south wind brings the warm winds good for growth and harvest. She invites these winds, these circumstances in life, to come and blow on her life or garden…whether they are good or bad! Wow!! Then the Bride wants Groom Jesus to come to His garden and eat His own precious fruit. Up to this point, she has only been interested in her own garden and her own precious fruit, but she is changing. The last four chapters she is more concerned with His garden.

Notice that the process began when the Groom Jesus changed. At a point in time in your Christian life, you will notice a shift. At first you float along enjoying His blessings, His presence, His fast answer to prayers with an attitude of, “I love being loved by Jesus!” But then the shift comes. Groom Jesus holds back some of His blessings, withdraws His manifest presence, and delays answers to your prayers. Jesus is asking the question, “Will you love Me for what you can get out of Me or will you love Me for Me alone?” The Shulamite Bride, symbolic of the church, passed the test. Notice Song 8:5, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” The Bride emerges from the wilderness of life leaning on the Groom! This should be our goal in life…to end life being dependent on Jesus!

Notice what Groom Jesus says to the Bride Church in Song 8:6-7, “Set me as a seal upon your heart…Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it…” Jesus says to the Church, “Set me (Jesus) as a seal on your heart.” This is a seal of identity that your heart would burn with passionate love for the Groom. He says the waters of temptation cannot quench that kind of passionate love!

Where are you in your process of development? God will not let you stay in a self serving mode, only interested in your comfort, your blessings, your garden, your pleasure. If you are going through the pain of delayed answers to prayer, you are in His process of transition, where God is trying to get you more interested in Him than in your comfort. Accept it and ask God to set your heart on fire with a passion for Jesus.

We love yall!

Billy and Sheilah Daws

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