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But God #42

I would like to share a devotion with you today from my book, “but God” but first let me tell you what my book is about.

It is a bible study devotional that takes you on a unique journey thru the Old Testament as you read about the different people in the bible who experienced God’s interventions in their lives, which brought them hope and healing and exposed God’s character and how he feels towards people and what his plans are for the future. You will read about Adam/Eve, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samson, Gideon, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Jonah, Job, Elijah, The Israelites, and more. All these people experienced “but God” moments and will show you that you probably have had many yourself. This study was something I was doing with the Lord during my devotional time and as he kept showing me more and more hidden treasures in his word he kept confirming I needed to share them with others. So now you can participate in this study yourself by buying the book, watching the YouTube videos, and liking the Facebook page, or checking for updates on the website at http://www.butGodbiblestudy.com

So one of the bible stories we run into as we study the but God verses is a story about a woman named Abigail. It is but God #42 and found in 1 Samuel 25 and in my book it is entitled “but God is at work in us”

We are told Abigail is beautiful and married to a very rich but foolish man named Nabal. David (before he was recognized as king) had met Nabal’s shepherds while in the desert and had protected them and the livestock while they were there. David heard Nabal was shearing his sheep and sent to ask for food if they had some to spare. Nabal responded negatively to this request, mocking and insulting David, acting as if he did not recognize who David was or what he had done for him, and refused to share any of his bread, water, or meat (vs 11). When David heard of this he reacted angrily and said that he had protected all Nabal’s possessions in vain, repaying evil for good. So David determined to have every male in the household killed (v 21-22). David had 200 of his men stay with the supplies and then he, along with 400 men, took their swords and headed towards Nabal’s household.

Meanwhile, Abigail’s servant told her how good David had been to them while in the fields and about Nabal’s rude remarks to David’s men and their request. He advised her to consider carefully what to do as harm would probably be coming toward them (vs 17).

Abigail quickly prepared: 200 loaves of bread, 2 wineskins, 5 prepared sheep, 5 seahs of grain, 100 raisin clusters, and 200 fig cakes and sent that out first, then followed behind it.

She met David coming toward her on the hill and fell at his feet begging to be heard and acknowledged the problem. Then she asked him to accept the offering of food and asked for forgiveness. Then she praised him and acknowledged who he was and spoke encouraging words over him. She said, “but God is at work in my master, developing a rule solid and dependable. My master fights god’s battles! As long as you live no evil will stick to you…”

David was so taken by Abigail’s words he said she was a blessing and she kept him from bringing bloodshed. He told her he (1) heard her, (2) respected her, (3) he accepted her offering, and (4) to go in peace.

The next day Abigail told her husband what had happened and verse 37 says his heart died and he became like a stone. He probably had a heart attack or a stroke, then 10 days later he died. David heard of this and sent servants to Abigail to ask her if she would become David’s wife. She immediately left with her 5 maidservants to join David and married him.

There are many things to glean from this story. We can see how Abigail represents the believer, the servant represents the holy spirit, Nabal represents the foolish unbeliever, and David represents king Jesus.

Maybe you are married to an unbeliever like Nabal, someone who mocks and insults Jesus, not acknowledging him as the “anointed king”. The world certainly is full of people who are disrespectful, ungratefully, selfish, foolish, and stubborn like Nabal. They dismiss simple requests, feeling they are entitled to all they possess and hoard it for themselves in a self-serving way. They do not want to accept Jesus or have anything to do with him.

David was anointed to be the king. Much like our messiah Christ Jesus is the anointed king. David had not been recognized by all as king just yet much like Jesus has not been recognized by everyone just yet. But in Revelation 19:16 we read when Christ returns on his white horse his robe will read “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. Then there will be no doubt about who is in charge and who the anointed king is.

Abigail represents the bride of Christ, the future queen. She honored David by acknowledged that he was to be the future king. She was beautiful, wise, courageous, and had discernment. She exhibited godly behavior, and had grace and favor in her king’s eyes. She did not stand idly by while disaster fell upon her household but she took action. She chose carefully and considered what to do. She probably had much practice at this by living with Nabal and had learned to be resourceful and a peacemaker. Abigail honored her marriage to Nabal and her intervention prevented catastrophe. She was confident, yet humble, when she boldly approached David. She stood in the gap for her household and interceded on their behalf. She was fit to be a queen and definitely was noticed by David as we are noticed by Christ.

1 Corinthians 7:12-17 summarizes it by saying this, “the unbelieving spouse is sanctified through the believing spouse. You should live as a believer in the situation the lord has called you to, for you do not know whether you will save your spouse.” (please note: this is not saying to stay if the marriage is abusive). Abigail lived as the peacemaker in her home and surely saved her household that day. As believers in Christ, we too must stand in the gap for those who are in danger and help bring salvation through our prayers for them. Abigail intervened without Nabal knowing, often times that is the same for us when we bring up our loved ones in prayer without them knowing we are praying for their salvation or praying for a door of opportunity to open to share with them in hopes they would be receptive to it.

Abigail’s servant warned her of the problem at hand and advised her to carefully plan her next step. This is a job of the Holy Spirit as he helps us size up the situation and discern what we hear and see. Then he will help us determine to do.

Proverbs 15:1-2 states clearly what happened in this story. It says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” Nabal’s foolish words stirred up anger in David, but Abigail’s soft wise words displayed her knowledge and stopped David’s wrath.

One thing that stood out to me in the story i want to mention are the amount of numbers used. We read about how many sheep and goats there were, how many men there were, how many food items Abigail sent out, how many days until Nabal died, and how many maids went with Abigail when David called for her. I want to highlight two. When the bible says it was 10 days from the time Nabal’s heart turned to stone until his death, it reminds me of the 10 plagues in Egypt (but God #19-22). The pharaoh, like Nabal, was known to have a hardened heart like a stone and stubborn. It was not until the 10th plague was completed that the Israelites were released from bondage and were freed to go be with god (their king) in the wilderness, much like Abigail was then free to be with her king after Nabal’s death 10 days later. Then, when it says that Abigail left with her 5 maids, it reminds me of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25. How interesting Nabal is representative of the foolish while Abigail is representative of the wise. You read that 5 of them were wise and ready to go when the bridegroom called them. Matthew 25:13 says, “Watch therefore, for you do not know the day or hour the son of man is coming.” Abigail did not know that David would come for her after her husband died, but he did – and she was ready to leave immediately (just like the 5 maids were), just like we should be ready to leave when the trumpet souNds and Jesus comes to collect his bride. We need to be ready!

In addition to Abigail, who was released from her marriage thru the death of her husband, there was another woman who also was fit to be queen. Her name was Bathseba and her story can be found in 2 Samuel 11-12 and in but God #46. She was married, but that didn’t keep David from sinning and having an affair. The story is full of scandal, including the death of her husband. David cried out for forgiveness and God did forgive, but there were consequences to their actions. God redeemed David and Bathseba’s relationship and blessed their marriage. God chose their son to be the next king who was Solomon.

Christians make up the body of Christ. To be part of the bride, you must believe Jesus is God’s son and daily obey the word of the lord, loving him with all your heart, mind, body, and soul. You cannot have a relationship with him for just 2 hours on Sunday each week. If you were engaged to someone, surely you would spend more time than that getting to know everything about them. God knows all about you (Psalm 139:13-16 god created me in the womb and the days fashioned for me are written in his book), He created you with a purpose (Eph 2:10- we were created to do good works which Christ prepared beforehand, PS 119:73-80 he fashioned me to hope in him and live according to his law not being ashamed and delighting in him, PS 138:8 the lord will perfect that which concerns me, Col 1:16 all things were created by him and for him, Jer 29:11-i know the plans i have for you to give you a future and a hope), and wants you to belong to his Son’s bride (Romans 1:6, Rom 8:38-39- you were called to belong to Jesus and nothing could separate you from his love).

The point is this- God is constantly at work in us and we all have the potential to be queen, the question is will you accept the invitation?

Feel free to watch the video that goes with this study here on the underlined words by Pastor Dan at Water of Life Community Church

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OILS OF THE BIBLE

by: Tina Miller

(much of this information was taken from “Healing oils of the Bible” by David Stewart and also the “Essential Oils Desk Reference”. I also quoted from my book “BUT GOD”. You can research on pubmed.org or oil-testimonials.com

There are oils mentioned numerous times throughout the Bible and it seems they were used for various reasons, but modern research has discovered the science behind why God may have called for specific oils to be used. Oils have been proven to address all the body systems in a powerful and healthy way.

Excerpt from my book BUT GOD pg 158-159

Remember, God is the Great Physician so please to go to Him first when you are sick.

The Bible instructs us in James 5:14-16 that we are to go to the elders of the church so that they can pray over us and anoint us with oil when we are sick. God is the sole source of healing.

Sometimes people have a functional or genetic deficit that could only be healed through a creative miracle. Sometimes God will use His creation to bring you back to health. He created trees for food and their leaves for healing (Ez 47:12, Rev 22:2).

God gave us plants to be used to facilitate healing and healthy living. God created light and His light generates photosynthesis which creates chemical energy in the plant and helps it produce compounds needed for growth. Plants carry life and that life is found in the essential oils which are compatible with human’s systems.

It is sometimes necessary for pharmaceutical drugs to be used for temporary relief or life-threatening situations, but they are not to be used so often that your body becomes either addicted to them or immune.

Proverbs 21:20 tells us that oil remains in the house of the wise. If we are to be wise for God’s kingdom, this is one thing we should look into for our health.

Some bible verses where oil was created and where it was used:

Oils are referenced as related to worship, religious ceremonies, anointing of kings, burial, and tithing as well as used for perfumes, healing, and mood elevators

Gen 1:12-13 God created plants (which contain the oils) on the 3rd day

1 Sam 10:1 Samuel anointed Saul’s head with oil to anoint him to be king

Ps 133:2 precious oil running down Aaron’s beard, Lev 8:10-12 Moses sanctified Aaron’s head with oil

2 kings 4 Elijah helped provide oil to pay of widow’s debt

Oils were used in the temple and as we will learn why, with all the blood sacrifices there was a high probability for disease but God knew which oils were antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasetic, etc to prevent that to be a problem for those serving in the temple. Everything basically was kept germ free!

Pg 91-92 of the book Healing Oils of the Bible

“Gradual healing verses instant healing”:

Miraculous and instantaneous healing is from the Greek word “iaomai”.

Matthew 8:13, “And Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.’ And the servant was healed that very moment.”

Sozo implies physical, spiritual, and emotional healing only used 3x Jesus healed in Mark 5:23 synagogue officials 12 y/o daughter; Luke 8:36 demon possessed man; a lame man whose faith healed him as he was listening to Paul in Acts 14:9

“therapeuo” –therapy comes from this word- to heal gradually over time which includes self administered care or a caregiver to assist.

Acts 28:8-9 says,And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured.” Verse 8 is the word iaomai and verse 9 uses the word therapeuo!

In Mark 6:7-13, Jesus sent his disciples 2×2, they anointed the sick with oil and healed them,” the word is THERAPEUO! Also found in Luke 10 when Jesus sent the 70 with instructions to heal the sick and Rev 22:2 –the leaves of the tree are for healing the nations. Jesus asks us to care for the sick “therapeuo” and help them find healing by applying His natural medicines from “leaves of the trees”.

What are Essential Oils? Called essential cuz they are necessary for the life of the plant. The life blood and the immune system of the plant that is compatible to human beings. Each person’s chemistry is different so experimenting with the oils is always good as one oil may work better for you than another person.

God created plants for us and their oils serve the same purposes for us as they do for the plants. They support and balance our endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems. Help us metabolize nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, and boost natural defenses of our immune system and attack bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. They can also repel insects.

Healing oils of the Bible had healing therapeutic properties because they were organic and free of chemicals. There is a company that I know which has better grade oils and are different than the ones you buy in the health food store. It is ingestible, has no expiration dates, and uses the first distillation only for full medicinal properties. There is not one synthetic or additive put in it and has full max potency with each drop. If chemicals or solvents were added to extract the oils then they would not be suitable for healing purposes. If not organically grown and contaminated by chemicals then again the healing properties would be diminished.

Because of the yearly differences in rainfall, sunshine, soil conditions, time of day planting and harvesting, the configuration of each oil is different each year making it impossible for bacteria to figure out the constituents. Therefore resistance to eo can never develop. Bacteria can become resistant to man-made drugs because they keep the same chemical makeup, therefore becoming ineffective over time. 5 ml bottle contains 86 drops of oil in it, only need 1 drop to coat every cell in your body and absorb into skin within seconds. They pass the blood brain barrier and go inside the cells.

Chemistry info….Essential oils support physical, emotion, spiritual, and mental health needs. Body frequency healthy is 62-78 megahertz and many things can lower our frequency to make us susceptible to getting sick, ie: diet, cell phones, microwaves, etc. Disease begins at 58. Flu starts at 58, viral infections 55, cancer 42, death begins at 20.

Fresh and dry herbs measure at 20-27 megahertz, fresh produce is at 5-10 megahertz, processed or canned food is at 0 MHz. Essential oils help increase our body frequency and range from 46-320 megahertz, lifting our frequencies where disease cannot exist. The molecules are so tiny in eo that they will penetrate quickly into the cellular parts of our body, unlike olive oil that may just sit on the top of our skin, the eo sinks right in. 1 drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Combined with positive thoughts and prayer the frequencies can be raised an additional 25%. Please note prayers and oils will not work unless the person is receptive and has genuine repentance for any spiritual barriers that are between the person and God (mark 6:12-13).

The oils found in plants work together with each other bringing truth to the cells. they help to cleanse your receptor sites (phenols- w/o this cells can’t communicate and body malfx w/ sickness), erase or deprogram incorrect information on the cells (sesquiterpenes which also bring oxygen to the cells making them effective in fighting cancer…3 of the highest are Biblical oils: cedarwood 98%, Spikenard 93%, sandalwood 90%), and restore or reprogram the original DNA information that God had intended (monoterpenes- restoring us into God’s image, Frankincense at 77%). Oppositely, pharmaceuticals are designed to block receptor sites or pass false info to trick the body, and sometimes are unsafe to be combined with other meds, but they can work quickly in life threatening situations.

3 ways to use oils…ingest it, Rub it on topically, or diffuse in the air and kill the germs in your home and you can breathe it in during prayer time. Unlike drugs that have many side effects oils work in harmony with one another because each one is telling the truth to your cells to restore it to its original intent.

INTRODUCING GOD’S FIRST AID KIT AS FOUND IN THE OILS OF THE BIBLE:

CEDARWOOD

Antibacterial, lymphatic stimulant

Combats hair loss, used for ADHD- calming effect, skin problems, insect repellent (cedar drawers), and suggested that it might prevent against alzheimers

*sesquiterpenes 98%

David Stewart points out in his book, pgs. 135-136

Healing Oils of the Bible, that “of all the essential oils in the world,

cedarwoood contains the highest level of sesquiterpenes at 98%” (sesquiterpenes deliver oxygen molecules to cells directly and erase miswritten codes in cellular memory). 2 Sam 7:2 & 1 Kings 5:6 Chosen by David and Solomon for their home and the Temple- breathing in Cedarwood increases ability to think clearly which helps contributes towards wise judgments.

(Pg 108 excerpt from the book BUT GOD) “Since we are the Lord’s temple, let us also be wise and surround ourselves with an environment full of pleasing aromas. After all, our prayers are as incense to Him and our worship will facilitate an atmosphere shift pointing to His holy presence, which is carried in us (Ps 141:2, Ps 148-150, Rom 12:1, Rev 5:8).”

HYSSOP

Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anticoagulant, antiseptic

Used with cataracts, fungal infections, artherosclerosis, diabetes, helps to decrease anxiety, breaks up mucous, helps with respiratory infections, strengthens nervous system, helps release emotions.

*Ketones 48%, Monoterpenes 30%

Seen in the Bible:

Along with Cedarwood oil, in Lev 14 hyssop is also used when the priests used it for cleansing of a leper and a leper’s house. According to the auricular emotions chart, the top of the right ear is the nerve ending point for guilt and the right thumb and right big toe are the nerve ending points for the pineal gland in the center of the brain, where the emotions are stored in the body. You can try experiencing emotional cleansing and healing with this application of hyssop. Ps 51:7 says “purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Psalms 51 after having committed adultery with Bathsheba, David asks God to cleanse him from his sin so that he would be whiter than snow (verse 7)- he meant business he used a plant reference, known to cleanse lepers, to cleanse him from his serous addiction!
(We see in 1 Kings 15:5 that David did not repeat this sin and did what was right before The Lord all the days of his life)

In Luke 17:11-19, 10 lepers raised their voices to Jesus and asked Him to have mercy on them, Jesus said to them to go and show themselves to the priests and as they were going they were healed. Jesus sent them to the priests because Jesus was following the Law as mentioned in Lev 14.

Also hyssop was used to apply the blood of the Passover Lamb to the doorposts in Ex 12:22. Then because Jesus fulfilled every bit of being the Passover Lamb, Jesus’ said to drink of His blood, establishing the new covenant (Matt 26:28) then reinforced as demonstrated with hyssop with wine was offered up to him on the cross (John 19:29) as His blood was shed

MYRRH

Powerful antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, anesthetic

Used to support the immune system for help with diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, fungal infections, tooth/gum infections, skin conditions (used after child birth for stretch marks, wrinkles, eczema).

*Sesquiterpenes 60%

Have you have seen pictures of ancient Egyptians with cones on their heads. The cones were lumps of fat saturated with myrrh with the idea that as the heat of the day came the fat would melt slowly and would keep their skin moist and repel insects.

From Esther 2:12, one learns that the candidates from which King Ahaseuerus was to pick his queen were prepared by anointing: “six month with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours.”

It is often used with other oils cuz it has unique ability to preserve fragrances to make them last longer and was the only oil used in the Exodus 30:23-25, as part of the ingredients used for anointing oil- Myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and olive oil and Holy incense in Ex 30: 34-38.

Did you know that the first time a specific eo (essential oil) is mentioned in the Bible was in the story of Joseph Gen 37:25 -Midianites carrying myrrh when Joseph was being sold into slavery

Interesting fact… the second time it is mentioned is when Joseph’s brothers bring it to him when he was in charge of Egypt Gen 43:11, at his death, Joseph was embalmed (prob with myrrh) and placed in a coffin Gen 50:26. Joseph was a foreshadow of Christ- Myrrh was given to Jesus in the beginning of his life by the wise men and then at the end of His life when Joseph and Nicodemus prepared His body for burial.

Myrrh was the first oil mentioned in the Bible in Gen and one of the Last oil mentioned in Rev 18. Rev 22:13 God’s Word says He is the first and the last. There were two oil given to Jesus at His birth and both are pictures of Him, the second one is…

FRANKINCENSE

Antitumoral, immunostimmulant, antidepressant, muscle relaxing

Used for depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, immune-stimulating, uplifts attitude.

*Monoterpenes 82%

“Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem found was that burning frankincense alleviates depression and anxiety.” (http://www.wellabout.com/2013/06/what-three-wise-men-knew-about.html)

It was valued more than gold and only those of great wealth possessed it in the ancient times. Egyptian tradition considered it the universal cure-all. Many testimonies and studies done with people using this as an alternative medicine along with myrrh as well for cancer treatment.

Oils in the Bible: In Ex 30:34-38 we find the ingredients for the Holy Incense- an equal part of stacte, onycha, galbanum, and spices with pure frankincense. This mixture was put on the alter (Ex 30:6-7) to be continually before the Lord in the Tabernacle. This mixture points to the way in which atonement for our sins would be made! Knowing the Holy Incense may have pointed to Jesus now makes the passage in Ex 30:9-10 more clear. “no strange incense”- the only way to make atonement ultimately was going to be through Jesus, no other way. Also, God did not want Jesus’ work on the cross to be offered up as an incense to any false god or worn as a cheap perfume. This may be why God was so unwavering on how holy this incense was to be. I will explain further below:

The following is from Wikipedia and then what Jesus showed me how it all linked together: Galbanum in Latin “derives in part from Ferule which is a schoolmaster’s rod, such as a cane, stick, or flat piece of wood, used in punishing children”, Onycha means nail in Greek (like a fingernail or claw) but in Hebrew comes from the root word meaning “to roar; a lion” (strongs #7826/7827), and stacte means “bleeding substance from a tree” and was probably a myrhh extract. Frankincense in Hebrew means white (reminds me of Jesus being blameless, sinless, the spotless Lamb of God).

And the way it describes getting the resin from frankinsence tree is it “is tapped from the scraggly but hardy trees by slashing the bark, which is called striping, and allowing the exuded resin to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears.” Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

Now picture Jesus’ death; He was beaten, He bled, He was nailed to a cross and was the white, spotless Passover Lamb. Eph 5:2 says that Jesus gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering. Messiah means “anointed one” (A commonly used Hebrew word for anoint was “mesach” from which is the root word for Messiah, in Greek “Kristos” or “Christ” literally means “the anointed one.”) Jesus was the anointed one who was life was a pleasing aroma to God.

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Remember The Parable of the farmer scattering the seed in Matthew 13:20-21, Jesus saidThe seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.” trees that grow in rocky soil or gravel are usually ripped from the ground but Wikipedia states that the Frankincense tree grows on an actual rock Growing on the rock prevents it from being ripped from the rock during violent storms. Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Frankincense is mostly made up of monoterpenes- which help restore our cells – Jesus came to bring restoration, restoring our relationship back to our heavenly Father. This very oil was presented to Him after His birth and part of the Holy incense oil for the Temple, which Jesus entered into Himself to make atonement for our sins (Heb 9).

CASSIA

Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anticoagulant

Used for cataracts, fungal infections, atherosclerosis, anxiety, diabetes, arteriosclerosis (Always use carrier oil with this as it is a “hot” oil, 3x hotter than cinnamon)

*Aldehydes 80%

In the Bible- used as part of the oil for the temple Ex 30:23-29 to sanctify all the articles and accessories including the laver which the priests used to cleanse- the holy oil formula was high in phenylpropanoids which is an excellent disinfectant, protecting priests from spreading disease from handling the many animals and blood sacrifices.

Ps 45:7-8 “…all thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia. Out of the ivory palaces where by they have made thee glad.” Olfactory nerves connect directly behind the nose to the center of the brain where the limbic system is which coordinates our emotions. The aroma uplifts the spirit while keeping them germ free and healthy! Cheerfulness elevates immunity as proven in bible Prov 17:22 “a joyful heart is good medicine”

ALOES (ROYAL SANDALWOOD)

Antitumoral, antibacterial, antiviral, immune stimulant

UTI, supports female reproductory and endocrine systems, used for viral infections, may inhibit cervical cancer, enhances deep sleep, good skin care, naturally releases melatonine

Contains 95% sesquiterpenes

Seen in the Bible: Nicodemus brought a mixture of aloes and myrrh to prepare his body for burial in John 19:39

Today 100 pounds of Myrrh and aloes has a present worth of $150,00-$200,000

“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, and aloes, and cinnamon” (Proverbs 7:17). Kept bugs away- think of where they lived!

Bug bite story: typical bug bite remedy is lavender or purification. I used lavender, didn’t work, used purification blend, didn’t work, finally used sandalwood and itch stopped spreading and instantly stopped. Never know which will work sometimes you have to use different oils to see which is right for you.

CYPRESS

Supports cardiovascular system-Improves circulation, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, antioxidant, discourages fluid retention, improves respiration, promotes liver health, supports immune system

Used for diabetes, grounding, found to be beneficial in treatment of hypertension, cramps, laryngitis, Said to be good to rid your body of hidden emotions

*monoterpenes 54%, alcohols 12%

Personal story- used on my varicose veins when they hurt

Seen in bible: perhaps related to the Hebrew word for Gopher which is the wood named that was used to build Noah’s ark in Genesis 6:14. Also in 1 Kings 9:11 the king of Tyre furnished Solomon with cedar trees.

GALBANUM

Antiseptic, analgesic, light antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, anticonvulsant

Used for digestive problems (diarrhea), nervous tension, RA, skin conditions (scar tissue, wrinkles)

*Monoterpenes 75%

Numbers 16:46-50 Aaron stops the plague by fumigating the Israelite camp with the holy incense oil which further demonstrates how these oils (along with God’s healing power) can kill a virus or stop a bacteria.

As part of the Holy incense only, Galbanum has been said it was included as the earthy smell to represent the sinful nature of man. But combined with the other oils must have been a much better smell than the unpleasant smell of burning flesh,hair, an feathers from the animals along with protecting those visiting the temple from the spread of disease

ONYCHA (Styrax benzoin)

antiseptic

May help control blood sugar levels, colic, constipation, bronchitis, colds, coughs, skin wounds like bed sores or cracked skin, treats respiratory conditions and laryngitis

*esters 70% carbolxylic acids 20%

Seen in the Bible as part of the oil for the temple Ex 30:34

Onycha was valued for its ability to speed the healing of wounds and prevent infection. For years it was used in the hospitals as an antiseptic until antibacterial soaps were made, now many hospitals have gone back as the bacteria has started becoming resistant to the synthetic antibacterial soaps.

There is controversy as to where this oil actually came from, some say it was from a shell fish (but as shell fish were considered unclean according to God’s laws this is unlikely). Some say it was from a cistus plant (something like the Rose of Sharon- which is indigenous to the area) and others say it came from a benzoin plant.

MYRTLE

Liver stimulant, prostate and thyroid stimulant, sinus/lung decongestant, antispasmodic, antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, reduces sensitivity to painful stimuli.

Used for thyroid problems, throat/lung/sinus infections, prostate problems, skin irritations, muscle spasms, researched for its soothing effects on the respiratory system

*monoterpenes 37% esters 15%

Seen in the Bible: in Neh 8:15 it is named as one of the branches used to make booths for the feast of booths (tabernacles), Esther’s name in Hebrew Hadassah meant Myrtle

SPIKENARD

Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, relaxant, immune stimulant

Used for insomnia, PMS, heart arrhythmias, nervous tension.

(in manual) migraines, allergies, and has been effective against E.Coli, Listeria, and Salmonella

*sesquiterpenes 50% monoterpenes 36%

Mostly famous in the story where the woman who had an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, which was very precious, broke the box and poured it on Jesus’ head occurring in the house of Simon the Leper (Mark 14:1-9, Matt 26:1-13). It is also seen in John 11:1-2; 12:1-8 when Mary, sister of Lazarus, took a pound of spikenard and anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair in the house of Lazarus. In Luke 7:36-50 a story is similarly told but instead of Mary, it was a sinful woman and it was done early in Jesus’ ministry and Jesus’ feet were anointed. Jesus’ may have been anointed with Spikenard 3x.

It is a very expensive oil- costing one year’s salary the Gospel says. The cost of a pound of Spikenard currently is around $1500.

ROSE OF SHARON (CISTUS)

Antiviral, antibacterial, antihemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, supports SNS (prepares body for action, fight or flight), immune stimulant

Used for heorrhages, arthritis, elevates mood, regenerates cells, wrinkles, wounds, UTI

*Monoterpenes 54% alcohols 12%

Seen in the Bible: Song of Solomon 2:1 I am the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valleys- preparing for the Bridgroom- the star of David is seen inside the flower.

CINNAMON

Anti-inflammatory, powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticoagulant, antiseptic,circulatory stimulant, stomach protectant, antiparasitic

Used for ulcers, worms, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, viral infections, digestive complaints, warts. Found to be comparable to antibiotics, penicillin and ampicillin.

*aldehydes 47% phenols 25%

Seen in the Bible in Ex 30:23 for temple spices

One of the many listed when the speaking of His Beloved in Song of Solomon 4:10-15

“How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard,14 nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices.15 You are a garden fountain,
a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.”

In the OT we see priests and prophets were the ones who anointed but now we are called “a royal priesthood” according to 1 Peter 2:9 and since we are the temple of the living God (2 Cor 6:16) we must care for our temples along with being sent to heal the sick and anoint with oil (luke 10:1-9, mark 6:11-13, James 5:14).

Please remember to drink lots of water today as these oils may have loosened toxins and need to be flushed from your body

Extra info:

OLIVE OIL

Known to cleanse the liver, anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant, restores normal digestions, helps with healing certain types of ulcers, increases longevity. Even when olive trees are cut down they usually sprout back to form trees from old roots. Located on the mount, the Garden of Gethsemane was a place Jesus visited much and where olives and grapes were grown. Gethsemane in Hebrew means “wine and oil press”

Apendix F of Bible oil Book

“Sesquiterpenes are oxygenating, mood elevating, and deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA

Monoterpenes are hostile to microbes and reprogram cells with correct information

S and M can be spiritually elevating by stimulating the pineal gland and the oxygenating capabilities can create an environment that makes it difficult for cancer cells to survive. They boost the body’s natural defenses.

Phenols, ketones, aldehydes are antiseptic and cleanse receptor sites, and detoxify our bodies- Phenols in addition promote hormonal balance and healthy bodily function and are found in Calamus, cinnamon, and Cassia- the ingredients of the Holy Anointing oil of Ex 30:23-24

Esters are calming, stress-reducing, and emotionally releasing”

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Class at church

Tonight I taught an insightful class on the oils of the Bible at my church. I mentioned them briefly in the But God book #58 when I discussed cedarwood in Solomon’s temple. If anyone is reading this blog- let me know your thoughts about posting some of that teaching here

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Thanksgiving

A devotional poem of thanksgiving…

Lord what new thing can I say?
Words have been used in every way
To describe your goodness and your mercy
To express a grateful heart on a day we eat TURKEY!

You deserve more than an “I love you”
You deserve more than a mere “Thank you”
You deserve more than your ears have heard
You deserve more than the words I’ve learned

But until we are face to face
Or I hear new songs from Your gates
I’ll stick to what I know is true
Singing beautiful words to glorify You
To describe your acts of mightiness
To proclaim your holiness
To exclaim when you Glory shines around
To declare when you love came down
To say you are humble and full of greatness
You are pure loving kindness
You are well mannered and eloquent
Speaking educated and brilliant
Your voice is full of authority
Commanding full priority
You have our destiny in focus
Never against us, but always for us

Lord what new thing can I say?
Words have been used in every way

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First radio interview

Today was my first formal interview – I prepared by spending the day with Jesus and taking the day off work. I prayed and read my bible and read thru some notes throughout the day. I tried to drink lots of water and even used some of my Young Living oils (valor, frankincense, brain power, & clarity). I asked for lots of prayer and thankfully many of my friends followed thru. I feel that I write better than I speak so I knew I was gonna need reinforcement!

The fun part of the day came when I worshipped The Lord and sang praises as my favorite songs played on my iPod. I flipped open my bible randomly knowing that wherever it landed was where God would speak directly to me … And I was right. I landed in 1 Cor 1-2 and my bible had been written in from when I’ve visited this page before, though I don’t know when, since I have several bibles and this happened to be one I used a lot many many years ago before the words BUT GOD did not mean as much as they do now.

My eyes landed on a certain verse that had my name written above it- a But God verse! 1 Cor 2:10 – here I was about to talk about the But God book later today and The Lord reminded me that He revealed wisdom to me which He gave me thru His Spirit. Earlier in 1 Cor 2:4 I felt I related to Paul in that I was not going to be able to talk with persuasive speech full of wisdom but speak with whatever power the Spirit was going to give me. I was going to be myself and hope in my weakness God would use it for the best.

I was blessed to be given access to my friends house for the phone interview and had the house to myself so there were no kids in the background or dogs barking. I made myself some hot chocolate and took some sips and some deep breaths.

The radio program is called Lifeline with Craig Roberts on KFAX. The engineer called me on my friend’s landline and I was on hold listening to the program for about 5 minutes and praying. It was time for my segment to begin and I felt The Lord help calm my nerves and answer the questions – I was pleased with how the first segment went and then we went to a commercial break and the second segment began. I wish I could redo this part and answer those questions better and more direct – there was so much to remember in the book and I got stuck in run-on sentences and random information. I forgot for a moment my friend’s advice- less is more – ugh! Thank goodness Craig was gracious to me and helped me out. Well, hopefully God will edit my words entering people’s ears so they can follow along. Craig was able to help me end the interview well and then it was over.

For those interested my segment begins at minute 46- here is the link to get to the podcast for May 22, 2014.

http://www.kfax.com/podcasts/podcasting_localhost.aspx?localhost=50

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KFAX radio

Tonight at 5:45 I will be interviewed on the radio. You can tune in to kfax.com and listen. I’m taking the whole day off of work and looking forward to this. Starting the day off right with some donuts for breakfast haha.

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BUT GOD #66

I RECENTLY POSTED THE SONG MY DAUGHTER, NICOLE, ARRANGED OUT OF THE POEM I WROTE AS FOUND IN MY BOOK BUT GOD ( BUT GOD #66). I AM SHARING THE WORDS HERE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK AND WANT TO SING ALONG TO THE SONG
FYI – please note Nicole’s guitar teacher’s name is Santosh Abraham!

YOU ARE GOD AND I AM NOT

(written by TINA MILLER 12/6/12 composed by NICOLE MILLER)

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

You have no beginning and no end,

Is 44:6/ Rev 22:13

I am a piece of grass fading in the wind.

Is 40:7

You are the One who set the world in motion,

Job 38:4-18

Where was I when You created the ocean?

Gen 1:9-10

You laugh at the wicked’s schemes,

Ps 37:12-13

You free us, only blood redeems.

John 8:36/Eph 1:7

You alone are righteous and holy,

Lev 11:45/ Rom 7:12

Only You give honor to the lowly.

Prov 29:23/ Matt 5:3

 

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

Not carved out of metal or wood,

Is 44:9-22/Jer 10:1-16/Hab 2:18

Having the mind of Christ, the righteous have understood.

1 Cor 2:14-16

You have all wisdom and all power,

Jer 51:15/ Ps 62:11/Rom 16:27

When I am afraid, you are my strong tower.

Ps 91/ Prov 18:10

You lead me in Your ways so I will be taught,

Ps 25:9

My smartest idea is your smallest thought.

1 Cor 1:25

You are trustworthy and always good,

Ps 100:5/Ps 118:8

You lived the life no one else could.

1 Peter 2:22

 

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

 

When I have taken my last breath.

Ps 146:3-4

You will provide escape from eternal death,

Ps 68:20

You are the judge, empowered high upon Your throne,

Ps 11:4

You are the Rock, known as the Cornerstone!

Ps 118:22/Acts 4:11

You are the One who reviews our decisions,

Ecc 3:17/ Rom 14:10-12

Your Word is sharp enough to make divisions.

Matt 25:33 /Heb 4:12

You are a holy God and will remain,

Ps 77:13/ Ps 146:10

Eternally forever, Your kingdom will reign!

Rev 22:5

 

(Chorus)

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

You are the potter and I am the pot.

Is 64:8

You desire to love us after every thought,

Ps 94:11/Rom 5:7-8

You are God and I am not,

Ps 86:10

 

You are God and I am not!

Ps 18:31/ Jer 10:6-7,10

 

 

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BUT GOD #1

As we press in to But God #1 (found on page 3 in the book, But God- Getting to Know Your Bridegroom in the Old Testament), we take a closer look at Adam in the Garden. Thank you to Christine Annunziato for writing this thought provoking addition to the study. YouTube videoblog found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyH18AIYc-U&feature=youtu.be

COULD ADAM HAVE REVERSED THE CURSE?

Genesis 2:15 states, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” Adam received this word before Eve was even created, because the next thing that happens, in verse 18 is that The Lord says, “It is not good for a man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” In verse 21 He does just that with the rib he pulls from Adams side.

Eve tells the serpent in Genesis 3:3 that she knew they must not eat “or even touch” the tree in the middle of the garden; adding a rule that even God had not stated. Thus the first “fence law” is born.  When convinced by the smooth-talking serpent to “take and eat,” the deception is complete—she had now done the very thing her husband had warned her not to do and now possessed “the knowledge of good and evil.”  Even more disturbing then, is her move to hand the forbidden fruit to her husband—she knew better!  So why is the sin counted as Adams? Romans 5:12–“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” He knew better as well, as he had heard it directly from the mouth of God.

     This must have something to do with the role of the groom to the bride, as Christ is to the church. There must be a spiritual responsibility on the part of the man that as God created him, he has a role of spiritual intercession as head of the woman. It seems he had been given the ability to pardon the sin of his wife, and be ultimately responsible for it. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says this, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

Let’s look at an Old Testament scripture regarding man’s responsibility as head of his woman: Numbers 30:6-8 says “If she marries a husband, while under her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself,  and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her vow that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound herself. And the Lord will forgive her.” Now, I know this is a pledge or a vow we are speaking of here, but I find it fascinating that the man could “make void” her vow, “and The Lord will forgive her.”  And as we see back in Genesis 3, Adam allowed Eve’s discrepancy with the forbidden fruit to stand; he made no objection. This shows me that the man is always called to be near enough to His wife to reverse a promise to do something.

The fact that Eve went so far as to eat the fruit, whether in front of Adam or not, was a declaration that he was sleeping on the job. So not only was Adam held responsible for the sin of defying a command of God, but he was also held responsible for the sin of omission, for not interceding on Eve’s behalf. The bible declares that Eve was deceived, but Adam sinned (1 Timothy 2:14). In 2 Corinthians 11:3 Paul warns the Bride, the church:  “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” What an amazing Bridegroom we have Who watches over us, while at the Right Hand of the Father, who in Hebrews 7:24 is constantly voiding any “oaths” we may make to our own demise:  “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” In Luke 23:34 Jesus says, “Forgive them Father, for they don’t know what they do.” This is why, as the Bride of Christ, we must know and trust completely the Lover of our souls, our Bridegroom, who will give us the strength to avoid temptation, void our sinful vows, convict us in order to repent and turn back to Him. He will sanctify us until we are that spotless Bride for whom He has promised to return. Remember that Ephesians 5:26 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.…”

1. As a wife, how does this idea affect your understanding of your husband’s role in your marriage? Are there any changes you may need to make for this role to be in proper order?
2. As a husband, how seriously to you take the role of “spiritual head” of your home?  Are you willing to give yourself up for your bride? Are there any areas in which you need to take renewed responsibility?

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But God Bible study #116

I LOVE when God confirms that I got the titles right in my book But God especially since it is too late to change them… In my book But God I wrote #116 BUT GOD uses creation as a teaching tool. Now for the very first time I just stumbled upon this verse in the book of Job proving that nature has the ability to teach us! The verse reads “Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’ (Job 35:11 NKJV). God is so fun! Has anybody read up to this part yet? Thoughts?

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My “paid” job – supplement for BUT GOD #55

Additional commentary to go with the Bible Study for BUT GOD #55 GIVES HOPE (2 KINGS 14:26-27 MSG) from the book But God Getting to Know Your Bridegroom in the Old Testament.

I was listening to worship music in the background while I sat on the couch. I glanced at my Bible open next to me as I finished reading my second book this week (the first was The Veil by Blake Healey and this one was Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton). I say to the Lord, “It would be so nice if you would just pay me to sit here all day and let me read stuff about you and look up things in the Bible while surrounded by worship music all day long. What a fun job that would be!” Instead, I have to go get ready for the day, and drive to people’s homes and determine which treatment would be best for them as we try to achieve their therapy goals. I am an Occupational Therapist and do contract work for various companies. I schedule my hours according to my kids schedules. God has blessed me with a flexible jobs that pay well and I am thankful that He has always given me work, but today I was not in the mood to go. I’d much rather open up my next book and stay on the couch hanging out with Jesus. Since I had already scheduled my patients, I needed to go.

As the day progressed I continued my conversation with the Lord. It’s an ongoing conversation. I tell Him, “I don’t want to go to work.” He tells me, “I need you to go.” I ask Him, “Please find me a job where I can get paid to read the Bible and learn from other amazing teachers about God while I get to stay on the couch at home.” He tells me, ” I have already given you a job that pays well which allows you to minister to others.” I agree and say, “I know…. and thank you, but today I’d rather stay home.” He says, “I know, but I need you out in the field today…. and thank you.” I give a sigh as if to say, “ok.” I know I should not complain about going to work because I know God uses me to bring light to so many sick people. Many of my patients often ask me why I am happy all the time. When you are sick, it is easy to get depressed and make people around you miserable. Since I am unusually joyful most of the time, my patients like the welcome change. It’s now the end of the day and I knock on the last door.

My last patient of the day was deeply depressed. She had signed herself out of the rehab facility early because she wanted to come home. She lives alone and did not realize how hard it would be to do tasks she could normally complete independently before she injured herself and broke her shoulder. She cannot stand up without great difficulty and already had called the fire dept to come and help once. She could not open the refrigerator to get to her food, nor could she open the caps or boxed packages to eat the food. She could not even turn on the water faucet. My heart broke as I listened to her cry about her difficulties I normally stay 45-60 min per patient, but this treatment lasted longer today. It’s late afternoon and I realize she had not taken her morning meds because she could not open the packages. I help her with that as I instruct her on some therapy techniques that will help her be more independent and call the agency to see if she can get more assistance with an aide from them.

She proceeds to tell me about the things her family has done that hurt her feelings and make her feel like she is worthless. Her family is not helping her. I hear this story more often than I wish from an aging generation. In fact, I remember I just heard this story last week from another patient whose kids told her they didn’t like her, even though they were living off her money in her house! As I sit on this patient’s couch listening to the hurt in her voice, I do what I normally do, give her a hug and ask if I can pray for them. I usually get a yes and today was no exception. Jesus whispers in my heart, “This is why I have given you this job. I need you to be my hands and feet.” My heart skips a beat and I quietly tell God I am sorry for starting my day out selfishly by trying to keep Him all to myself. When I am done praying with her, she says to me, “I hope this has not been a waste of your time today.” I immediately respond, “No, not at all, this is more than a job to me.” It is a true statement, my job is my ministry. It may not be surrounded by worship music and I am not sitting quietly reading my Bible finding new things about Jesus in His Word, but instead I am worshiping Jesus through an act of service. I share Him with others who are hurting and in need of His touch. I am bringing His Word that He has hidden in my heart to people who are too sad, too sick, or too weak to find Him on their own. He needs us in the workplace. He needs us to get out of our comfortable home and comfortable spaces and comfortable routines and share. We are to bring hope to those who have none. God knows their hard times, knows their trouble, knows they need Him to bring a testimony of His loving kindness. Who better to do this for Him than His Church? God wants to use you to help save others!

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