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2 Peter 1:12


Dear Readers,

January 2013

“Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2 Timothy 1:2). May God’s deep mercy (compassion) be lavished upon you, along with His peace. Peace is “the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is” (Thayer’s Greek Dictionary). I pray that you have a prosperous new year, spiritually, mentally, and physically.

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Also in This Issue:

Walking in the Spirit

by Lynnford Beachy

You May Freely Eat?

by Jim Raymond

Walking in the Spirit - Part 2

by Lynnford Beachy

A Sabbath Lesson

God said, “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isaiah 58:13, 14). Did you know you’re not supposed to speak your own words on Sabbath? That’s what it says. On the Sabbath we are not to find our own pleasure, speak our own words, nor do our own ways. How often did Jesus seek His own pleasure, speak His own words, or go His own way? Never! He always did those things that pleased His Father. What about on Sunday, or Monday, aren’t those the days He could do whatever He wanted? The fact is He only wanted to do His Father’s will; He delighted to do God’s will. The Sabbath is a lesson to show us how we are to live, not just on Sabbath, but every day of the week. If we are to walk as He walked, then we must do these things all week long. You notice this does not say anything about your job, or your work. On Sabbath you are not supposed to do any work, but the rest of the days, of course, you are supposed to be doing your work. The Bible says it as part of the commandment, “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work” (Exodus 20:9). But are you supposed to seek for your own pleasure and do your own ways during those days? No! We are supposed to live this way every day of the week.

Here is another lesson on the Sabbath. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Hebrews 4:9-11). Once we enter into God’s rest, it says that we “cease from our own works.” Therefore, who is doing the works? God does all our works in us, just as the Father did in Christ. He wants to do the works in us. It says that we cease from our own works, “as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.” So there is a labor involved but the labor is to rest. We are to labor to rest, “lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” There is that word again. “Unbelief” is the opposite of faith. The Jews, it says, did not enter into that rest because of their unbelief. How are we going to enter into that rest? We enter in through belief: by faith. That is the only way we can enter that rest, to cease from our own works and let God work in us. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

The Bible says, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Romans 8:13). Living after the flesh means finding your own pleasure, speaking your own words, going your own way; like the Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). We have all gone astray and done our own thing. If you live after the flesh “ye shall” live forever? No, “ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” We can live. We can mortify the deeds of the body. What does it mean to mortify? It means to kill, to make dead. Have you ever seen a dead person talk or walk around? I hope not. The disciples thought they saw a dead person walking when Jesus was walking on the water. But can dead people talk? The Bible says, “The dead know not any thing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). They can’t do anything. So if the deeds of your body have been mortified, have been made dead; if the old man is really dead is he going to be getting up, walking around? No, he’s dead. If there is any walking around happening, who is walking? As with Paul’s experience, I live, but it is not me anymore, it is Christ living in me.

The Bible says, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God” (1_Peter 4:1, 2). We have a battle that we fight, and what are the tools we are given with which to fight? We are told to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand…” (Philippians 2:13). In the previous verse we are told to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ. This is what will give us the victory.

What is the mind of Christ? What was His mind like? He said, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). This was His mind. He wants you to have this mind. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). His mind was that He delighted to do God’s will. God said to Him, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9). Here is another insight into the mind of Christ. He loved righteousness and hated iniquity. Is that something we come by naturally? When we are born into this world do we naturally love righteousness and hate iniquity? Have you observed little children? By nature they go astray. In fact the Bible says, “…a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). Take a child and leave him alone. He will get into mischief. You do nto have to teach him to be naughty, he knows how to do that automatically. I experienced that in my childhood. My home was broken; when I was ten years old my parents got divorced. Prior to my parents’ divorce I had very strict guidelines that I had to follow. I really had to toe the line. My father was pretty strict and I had to do whatever he said. Then my parents got divorced and I was with my mom and was left to do pretty much anything I wanted. I was left to myself and, yes, I brought my mother to shame. I got into drugs and thievery and all kinds of terrible things because I was left to myself. This is what the Bible says will happen if you leave a child to himself. He brings his mother to shame.

In contrast, Christ loved righteousness and hated iniquity. How are we going to get this experience? How are we going to love righteousness and hate iniquity? We must have Christ in us. This is a divine, supernatural experience. It’s not just something learned, where you have an academic exercise and study and as long as you learn enough and train your mind enough you end up with the mind of Christ. No, you get the mind of Christ when you ask Him to come and live in your heart. That’s how it happens. It is true that you will learn more and more after that, but it has to begin with being born of God.

Have any of you been born by yourself, without anyone else involved? Can you be born all by yourself? No, there is someone else who caused you to be born. The best decision you can ever make is to be born of God, and how that happens is to ask Him to come into your heart. It is something you cannot do on your own, but you can make the decision to accept Him in and let Him do the work. He will give you a new heart if you ask and believe. When I first decided to follow God I tried to fix up my old heart. It did not work. It was an utter failure. It wasn’t until I asked God to come into my heart that I had a change, a real change, in my life.

Hearing the Voice of God

Hearing the voice of God is another aspect of walking in the spirit. Do you think it’s possible to hear God’s voice? Do you think it’s probable that you will hear God’s voice? What happens if you don’t hear His voice? Jesus quoted, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Did Jesus live this way? He lived by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Was Jesus’ experience limited to the words of the Old Testament? That is what was written at the time, was that the only word He had to live by? Was there anything else that He had? He heard His Father’s voice. His Father spoke to Him and told Him, “This is where You’re supposed to go today. This is what You’re supposed to speak. This is what You’re supposed to do,” and He did it faithfully every single time. God gave Him more detailed instruction than just what was written in the word. I’m not downplaying in any way the written word because it is extremely important, but there are also words that proceed out of God’s mouth that are beyond what is written. They won’t contradict. Just like the Bible says, “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1 Corinthians 14:32). “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). If a voice tells you to do something that is contrary to God’s word don’t follow it.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). If you don’t hear His voice, what does that tell you? Are you His sheep? His sheep must hear His voice. Unfortunately, Christians are often trained to ignore and not listen to that still small voice, but God tries to speak to us. He is speaking to us but often we drown it with other things. Almost everywhere we go there is something going on. You get in the car and the radio might be on; go home, and there is just noise. In the store, music is playing. It is very seldom that we are still enough to know that He is God (Psalm 46:10); that time when you silence everything else and ask God to be with you. Jesus said to go into your closet and pray (Matthew 6:6). We need that quiet time. Isaac, when he met his wife, was out in the field meditating (Genesis 24:16). Isn’t that a good thing to do? Go out and spend time with the Lord. Nature is a great place to meet with Him.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice.” He wants to speak to us and He does speak to us through His word. There are times when I have a question, or something is going on, and verses will come to my mind. My wife has these experiences where Bible texts will come to her mind. Random verses will come to her mind, a string of ten or so, and they all talk about the same thing and speak directly to what she’s dealing with that day. It’s just amazing because she sometimes doesn’t even know if there are that many verses in that particular chapter, but they’re always there. God can speak to us through His word and He can bring it to our minds. That is what the Spirit of God does.

God says to you, “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7). It is spoken in a way that God is speaking to you and most people are so dull of hearing that they can’t hear it. They’re not listening. He is speaking to us. He wants us to hear. When you do hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts. His voice might tell you to do something you really don’t want to do. Don’t harden your hearts, submit to what God says.

Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). You notice the first thing here, He’s standing there knocking and says, “If any man hear my voice.” The beginning of that experience is hearing God’s voice. His sheep hear His voice.

The Early Church

Let’s take some lessons from the early Christian church. “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not” (Acts 16:6, 7). Here it says they wanted to go to various cities but the Holy Spirit directed them, “Don’t go here” or “Go there”. Do we have that experience today? Does God still want to speak with His people in the same way? He does, doesn’t He? He wants to speak with His church; He wants to direct His people where to go. Isn’t that the best place we can be, right where God wants us? This is how God spoke to the early church. Has He changed His methods and His plans and now deals with us in a different way? No, He says, “I change not” (Malachi 3:6). “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).

There is an amazing story in Acts. It says, “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went:…(Acts 8:26, 27). Have you ever had an angel speak to you? It could have happened and you were not aware. Not all of the time that angels spoke did they physically appear. Angels can still speak to us. I like this text because it says that Phillip was told to get up and go south. He wasn’t told everything that was going to happen. He was just told to go south, so he got up and went south. According to the account here he had no idea why. He was told to go, and he went. Kind of like Abraham was told to get up and leave his countrymen “unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1). “Where are you going Abraham?” “I don’t know, I’m just going because the Lord told me to go.” This is the way Phillip responded. When he was told to go south, he went south.

The story continues, “…and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet” (Acts 8:27, 28). That is Isaiah. “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him” (Acts 8:29-31). You know the rest of the story. Phillip preached Christ to him and he got baptized. Could this have happened if Phillip was dull of hearing and didn’t want to listen to the Spirit’s instruction? Sure, God could have sent someone else if necessary, but Phillip was attuned to listen to the voice of God. When God said go, he went. How long did he wait to go? He went immediately. What about Jonah?

God told Jonah to “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me” (Jonah 1:2). This was very clear instruction given to Jonah. “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:3). That is the exact opposite of where the Lord wanted him to go! Now, we know the story of Jonah. He was told to go to Nineveh, he refused and went the other way. Did that work out well for him? No, things don’t usually work out well when God tells you to do something and you decide to go the opposite way.

A great storm came up and threatened to capsize the boat. Everyone wondered what was going on. They finally found out that Jonah was responsible and he admitted that he was the problem, telling them to throw him over off the boat. That’s what they did and then the storm stopped and a big fish came and swallowed him up. He was finally thrown up onto the shore. He then went to Nineveh. I don’t know how long a delay that was. The Bible says he was in the belly of the fish for three days so that was a good long time. Finally, Jonah reached Nineveh and started preaching and what happened? They repented! Jonah was expecting hell, fire, and brimstone. He was expecting destruction. He finally did what the Lord asked, then he went and sat on a hill and waits for the fire to come. He even got mad because it didn’t come.

Jonah had a pretty bad attitude that we should not imitate. The interesting thing about the story of Jonah is that when he finally went and preached in Nineveh the whole city, which was a wicked city, repented. Their wickedness was so great it came up before God. It was like Sodom and Gomorrah. Do you think that Jonah got there at the right time despite his delays? I believe that God’s timing is perfect. God knew exactly what Jonah was going to do so God started on Jonah early. He started early so that when Jonah reached Nineveh he did so at exactly the right time and they would repent.

My wife had an experience that is pretty amazing. We were driving by this home and she kept feeling impressed that she needed to stop and give the lady who lived there a card that read, “God has not forgotten you.” My wife argued with it because she knew the lady was a very spiritual woman who had a close relationship with God. She thought, “Why would I do something like that? I’d just feel silly”. So she fought that impression over and over again, for about a week, until it finally became so strong she had to do something. She made her card and said, “Honey, we need to stop there.” She got out, knocked on the door and gave the lady the card. The lady read the card and began to cry. She said, “You know, I have been so discouraged, I have all of these struggles right now and I was praying just this morning that God would send me a sign that He has not forgotten me. This is an answer to my prayer.”

That is a very real example of God’s timing. God impressed my wife a week early to go and give that card; because He knew my wife was going to wait a week, so that the very day the card was needed it would be there on time. I believe that is what God did with Jonah. Wouldn’t it be so much better though if the body of Christ would function so that when He says go, it goes? Imagine if your body operated in the way that His church operates. You tell your hand to fetch a glass of water and it waits a week. You’d die of thirst before it happens. This would be terrible wouldn’t it? We need to be obedient to the instructions of God immediately.

Paul wrote, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). I have read that before and wondered, “How am I going to do that? My knees will get worn out really fast!” Can you pray without kneeling? Of course! You had better be able to because otherwise you won’t be able to pray without ceasing. This is talking about a continual interaction and fellowship with God; seeking for His will, receiving His instruction and pouring out your heart to Him.

There is an amazing story in Acts chapter 16 of Paul when he was told to go to Macedonia and was thrown in prison. He started singing and praising God. Here he was, told to go to Macedonia and help out, and now things weren’t going the way he thought. He was beaten and thrown in prison. At midnight he was praying and praising God. He was in the center of God’s will, and the jailer and his whole family were baptized that night. When you’re in the center of God’s will it doesn’t matter what things are going on around you, you can rejoice.

The Bible says, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21). When you hear that word, make sure you listen to it. That is walking in the Spirit. When the Spirit of God gives you instruction and you go somewhere else, you’re not walking in the Spirit, but if you follow where the Spirit leads, then you are walking in the Spirit. If you walk in the Spirit the Bible says, “ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Can you possibly sin if the Lord is instructing you to do something and you do it? It can’t happen.

Paul informed us, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4, 5). They are not mighty through you, they are mighty through God. This is what God has promised us. He can bring every thought into the obedience of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Did Jesus Christ have that experience? Every thought was obedient. He always did those things that pleased His Father. We can have that experience too. It begins by inviting the Spirit of Christ into your heart and then abiding in Him. Walking with Him and letting Him stay there by faith. Walking in the Spirit, submitting to whatever He instructs you to do.

There are two texts in the Bible that can only be said by someone who is completely surrendered to God. “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23). Here David is completely surrendered and he is saying search me, try me. Another one says, “That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more” (Job 34:32). Do those sound like the words of hypocrites who are halfway submitted to God? No, these are people who are completely dedicated. They have lived up to all of the light that they have, and they are asking for more, saying, “Lord, please show me your will. Lead me in the way everlasting. Search me. See if there is any wicked way in me.” They are walking in the Spirit. They are allowing Christ to dwell in their lives. Isn’t this what you want to have? We must be born of God, abide in Him, and walk in His Spirit and then we will not commit sin. We will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. I pray this will be your experience.

You May Freely Eat?

by Jim Raymond

Amaranth: Grow Your Own - 2

In the last issue we discussed: growing and sourcing of amaranth seed.

Pests and Diseases

It takes a lot of bugs dining on amaranth leaves before seed yield is decreased. A few bugs, including caterpillars, webworms, blister bee-tles, lygus bugs and stem borers, can cause substantial damage. Then picky eaters like fall armyworms, cabbage loopers, corn earworms, and cowpea aphids prefer developing amaranth, while amaranth weevils go straight for the roots, and potato flea beetles crave the tender seedlings. Amaranths do not usually suffer virus problems. An exception is in areas near large scale sugar beet production where visiting beet leafhoppers may transmit curly top virus.

Amaranths can have issues with fungi, especially in seedlings, and some cankers. Wet soils late in the season can contribute to root and stem rot, and leaf spot can seriously upset leaf production and quality.

Most amaranths appear to be tolerant of nematodes and are often recommended as a rotation crop to help reduce nematodes for subsequent crops. An exception to their overall resistance may be to root knot nematodes. It is not known whether amaranth varieties differ in resistance to nematodes.

Harvesting Amaranth Vegetables

You may harvest leaf amaranth as early as you like. The younger leaves have a mild flavor and work well in salads while the mature leaves are better cooked like spinach. Amaranth leaves can replace spinach in any recipe calling for spinach without being adapted. Be aware that the pigmentation of some amaranths may change the color of the finished dish.

The most popular way to harvest vegetable amaranth is by periodically snipping the stem tips and tender leaves, starting when the plants are between 6 – 12 inches tall; about five weeks. Harvesting is repeated at two- or three-week intervals. Frequent cuttings improve the quantity and quality of the leaves. This method should ensure a supply of young greens to the end of the season when the green parts begin to get bitter as the plant’s inner “gears” shift into the bolting process, focusing on seed making. Environmental stresses (shortening days, watering changes, delayed transplanting, etc.) promote early flowering and shorten the harvest season. According to one source, removing emerging flower heads may prolong vegetative growth season. Trying to extend the season by snipping emerging flowers off a few of the plants forming flowers, and comparing the leaf quality between the two groups, could prove to be a valuable experiment. Your results would be interesting to many readers.

Older stems are also usable but need peeling. This is supposed to be worth the effort. I’m not sure I know anyone this industrious. I’d rather not know what I’m missing, so the compost corral will get this treat. Enjoy the leaves (raw and cooked), tender stems (cooked), early flower tufts (raw), and sprouts through the winter. If you try the peeled stems, and they are wonderful, we’ll be glad to pass the news on to the other industrious readers.

Harvesting Amaranth Seed

There are three stages to the harvest: drying the seed heads to help minimize green plant parts, threshing the heads to release the seeds, and winnowing the seeds to remove the chaff. Sifting through an ordinary window screen will remove the large pieces of chaff.

Seeds are ready to harvest if they easily separate from the heads when rubbed between the hands. Another way to test seed maturity is to chew a few seeds to make sure they no longer have a "doughy” texture. When ready, cut the mature heads from the stalk and side branches as soon as possible. In temperate regions, harvesting after the first hard frost can benefit the drying stage. However, waiting too long before harvesting could allow high seed loss by dropping to the ground. You may dry the seed heads wherever there is good air flow. Whether indoors or under shade, loosely stack or hang the seed heads over sheets or bins to catch seeds that drop.

You can thresh your crop several ways. When the heads are dry, most of the seeds will easily shake loose. Put a few heads in a cloth laundry bag or a heavy pillowcase and clip it to a line, to a fence, or hang it over a door, and beat it with a stick to knock the seeds loose. Now is the time to sift if you choose to do so. Sifting will not eliminate the need to winnow, but it can help separate more seed by rubbing any large pieces of dry heads through the screen. A rectangular plastic tub or box, with a lip suitable to secure the screen with a couple of spring clips, helps stabilize the job.

The actual winnowing step requires a steady breeze (wind or fan) and two suitable containers. From one container, you will pour a trickle of seed through the breeze into the receiver container. A small tarp can help catch seeds that miss the receiver due either to wind gusts or the lack of practice. The variables you’ll be manipulating to master this art are the force of the breeze, or the distance from the fan, and the height of the pouring container from the receiver. I prefer a small pitcher with a thin rim (1-2 quarts) or a 64- ounce juice can, as the pouring vessel. Repeat this process back and forth until the seed is free of chaff. Winnowing is essential to render seed clean enough to grow sprouts or to cook. Keep at it and soon you’ll be a pro.

Long-term storage can be problematic because seed that is not dry enough can ferment or mold if sealed in an air-tight container. So storage in jars or plastic containers, fitted with thin cloth secured by canning jar lid rings or elastic bands, for several weeks, might just be a worthy process.

If you only want enough seed to replant, then start in the garden by leaving a couple really good plants alone to make seed only. To thresh your small harvest, shake a few heads in a paper bag and sift the seeds.

Conclusion

If you want tasty, leafy greens through the summer and fresh sprouts in the winter without a lot of fuss to get the plant to do what it’s supposed to do, then let amaranth be your hot-weather friend. I suggest you start with at least two varieties.

You probably already have more than one weedy type and just don’t know it. If, before they go to seed, you can find out which weeds are amaranths, there is a definite way to guarantee that they will not grow back next year—just eat them!

Blessings! JR

Something for the Young at Heart

This month we are continuing a series of crossword Bible studies based on the book, Bible Handbook, by Stephen Haskell. In order to maintain the flow of the study, this crossword puzzle is not split into Across and Down sections—Across or Down is indicated at the end of each line. (The KJV is required.)

The Work of Angels - Part 1

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http://presenttruth.info/newsletters/PresentTruth/pdf/2013/pt_jan13.pdf

·         God said of Satan, “Thou art the anointed ____ that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” Ezekiel 28:14— 2 Down

·         God continued, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till ____ was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:15—6 Across

·         Jesus said to the Jews, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the ____, because there is no ____ in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44—13 Across

·         “And the angels which kept not their first ____, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Jude 1:6—9 Down

·         “For if God spared not the angels that ____, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” 2 Peter 2:4—7 Down

·         “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the ____ of the law.” 1 John 3:4— 10_Across

·         “And there was ____ in heaven: Michael [Jesus] and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angel.” Revelation 12:7—12 Across

·         “For they are the spirits of devils, working ____, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:14—8 Across

·         “Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in ____, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” Psalm 103:20— 1_Down

·         “And the Lord sent an ____, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria.” 2_Chronicles 32:21—3 Down

·         When Herod accepted worship, “immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of ____, and gave up the ghost.” Acts 12:23—5 Down

Note: God’s angels are mighty, and they are protecting His people every day.

·         “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and ____ them.” Psalms 34:7— 14_Across

·         “But the angel of the Lord by night opened the ____ doors, and brought them forth, and said.” Acts 5:19—4 Down

·         Daniel said, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath ____ the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” Daniel 6:22—11 Down

 


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