7 Blessings In Having God’s Presence With Us

September 6, 2019 hepsibahgarden

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms‬ ‭34:7-8‬

God led the Israelites throughout their wilderness journey as a Pillar of Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night. (Note: These people once had to endure the hard bondage of slavery in Egypt, under the cruel regime of Pharoah, for 400 years); However their desperate cry for help was not in vain. God heard them and sent His man Moses — thus began the great journey of deliverance of the Israelites to the Promised Land of Canaan.

By His mighty and ever out-stretched Arms, performing mighty wonders and miracles before Pharaoh and his kingdom, God wonderfully brought His people out. As they entered the wilderness, the Pillar of Cloud always hovered above them. They halted when the cloud halted and kept moving when the cloud moved. In short, when God is with His people, the journey is never difficult.

For Christian Life to be a happy and joyous onward journey, we need to have God’s presence with us without fail, every day. This was King David’s confession of enjoying His Presence around him wherever he went. He kept winning and won great victories. The Lord leads us by sending the Angel of His Presence till we reach our destination.


1. Problems that are like mountains melt away like wax when His Presence is with us. Psalms 97:5. A stony heart ceases to remain as it is where God is present. When the sinner woman in the city got to know that Jesus was in a house nearby, she ran to him and began wiping his feet with her hair. She shed tears and anointed His feet. She was delivered of her sinful life.

2. We receive God’s counsel for our daily life when His Presence is with us. Moses got the 10 commandments in the presence of the Lord. In the New Testament those 10 were made into 2 (laws of love). God’s laws and counsels are of love and not grievous.

3. We receive daily bread from God’s Presence. In the Tabernacle, every Sabbath the priests had to layout 12 shewbread on the Table. These bread refers to the apostolic truths and doctrines (strong meat) which we need to eat and abide by. The weak cannot have strong meat nor can they survive on milk alone.

4. We get life and are revived by having God’s Presence with us. Numbers 17:1-8. Aaron’s rod budded and flowered and brought forth almonds, when it was kept in the Presence of God. It was a normal rod before, but staying in His Presence brought the difference.

5. In His Presence there is fullness of joy. Psalms 16:11. There is life and peace as well.

6. His Presence preserves us. Psalms 31:20. Those having a life of prayer and praising are upheld in His Presence and are saved from the schemes of the enemy.

7. His Presence makes us ready to get to the Most Holy Place. This place is The Holiest of holies in the Tabernacle, and God’s dwelling place inEternity. David says he pants for presenting himself before God like the deer pants for the water brooks. Psalms 42:1.

May the Lord help us to desire His Presence in our lives always and enjoy these blessings being there.

Be blessed 💕

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12 Blessings Promised By God In Psalm 91!

October 15, 2019 by hepsibahgarden


Wishing all of you a blessed and happy day ahead!!🌸🌼

Just wanted to share with you the amazing and wonderful blessings in Psalms 91! Let me tell you: God’s promises are Yea and Amen! 2 Corinthians 1:20. What God promises, He fulfils. Well then! Go ahead; read through entirely and claim your blessings for the day and life ahead!!

12 Blessings God promises us in Psalms 91:

  • A person who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty!! Hallelujah! (Ps 91:1)
  • He will deliver you from the snare/trap of the fowler/hunter and from the noisome pestilence/deadly diseases – referring to the devil and his wickedness. (Ps 91:3)
  • He will cover you with His feathers and being there trust Him completely. (Ps 91:4) and His truth will be your shield and buckler. (Ps 91:4)
  • A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not approach you. (Ps 91:7‬)
  • You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. (Ps‬ ‭91:8)
  • No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent/home. (Ps 91:10‬)
  • For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. (Ps ‭91:11‬)
  • They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. (Ps‬ ‭91:12‬)
  • You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. ‭‭(Ps‬ ‭91:13‬)
  • He will deliver you because you’ve placed your love on Him and set you securely on high because you’ve known His name! (Ps 91:14)
  • He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. (Ps 91:15‬)
  • With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation. (Ps 91:16‬)

9 Things to be done on our part:

  • Desire to live in the secret place of the Most High/being in His Presence – referring to having a life of prayer and praising. (Ps 91:1)
  • Acknowledge Him as your Refuge and Fortress and God (Ps 91:2)
  • Place your trust on Him (Ps 91:3)
  • Don’t be afraid of the terror of the night; sudden attacks during the day. (Ps 91:5)
  • Also don’t be afraid of the plagues that strike in the dark; nor the evils that kill in daylight. (Ps 91:6)
  • Accept Him as your place of habitation (Ps 91:9)
  • Set your love upon Him (Psalms 91:14)
  • Know His Name/Who He is! (Ps 91:14)
  • Call upon Him/call Him up in the day of trouble (Ps 91: 15)

May God help us.

Be blessed

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Kings of Israel and Judah, Prophets, and Nations in the Old Testament

Chronology of Kings, Prophets, and Nations in the Old Testament

2 Chronicles 36:22 – Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing.

The prophets of ancient Israel spoke about the events mentioned in the Old Testament long before they actually happened. Israel was confronted with the choice of blessings or curses. Blessings if they followed the LORD and curses if they forsook him. Moses their great leader warned the people of Israel not to disobey the LORD or else:

Deuteronomy 28:49-50 – “The LORD will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you will not understand; a nation of fierce facial expressions, that doesn’t respect the elderly, nor show favor to the young.”

Jesus confirmed all of the events mentioned in the Old Testament (Luke 11:49-51).

Below is a list of the kings and prophets of Israel and Judah and also the kings of the surrounding nations, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia.

Ancient World Timeline

List of the Kings of Israel and Judah, Prophets, and Nations

Deuteronomy 28:62-64 – You will be left few in number, even though you were as the stars of the sky for multitude; because you didn’t listen to the LORD your God’s voice. It will happen that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so the LORD will rejoice over you to cause you to perish, and to destroy you. You will be plucked from off of the land where you go in to possess it. The LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth. There you will serve other gods, which you have not known, you nor your fathers, even wood and stone.


The Kings of Israel

2 Kings 17:16 – And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, [even] two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

List of the Kings of Israel
Kings of Israel Dynasty Faith Years Date* Books of Kings Book of Chr
Jeroboam I Yes Evil 22 930-909 BC I Kings 12:19 II Chr 10:2
Nadab Evil 2 909-908 BC I Kings 15:25
Baasha Yes Evil 24 908-885 BC I Kings 15:27
Elah Evil 2 884-884 BC I Kings 16:8
Zimri Evil 7 Days 884 BC I Kings 16:9
Omri Yes Evil 12 884-881 BC I Kings 16:17
Ahab Evil 22 873-852 BC I Kings 16:29 II Chr 18:1
Ahaziah Evil 2 852-851 BC I Kings 22:40
Jehoram Evil 12 851-841 BC II Kings 3:1 II Chr 22:7
Jehu Yes Evil 28 841-814 BC II Kings 9:2 II Chr 22:7
Jehoahaz Evil 17 814-798 BC II Kings 13:1
Joash Evil 16 798-782 BC II Kings 13:10 II Chr 25:7
Jeroboam II Evil 41 782-745 BC II Kings 14:16
Zachariah Evil 6 Months 745 BC II Kings 14:29
Shallum Evil 1 Month 745 BC II Kings 15:10
Menahem Yes Evil 10 745-736 BC II Kings 15:14
Pekahiah Evil 2 736-735 BC II Kings 15:22
Pekah Evil 20 735-732 BC II Kings 15:25
Hoshea Evil 9 732-724 BC II Kings 15:30
Assyrian Captivity 722 BC II Kings 17:1
The Kings of Israel reigned from 930 BC – 722 BC (208 years) and were all evil
*Exact dates are uncertain and may vary

The kings of the northern kingdom of Israel were all evil. They followed in the ways of the first king Jeroboam I who was an idol worshipper. God finally cast them out of His sight, the Assyrians deported them away in 722 BC.

2 Kings 17:13 – Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments [and] my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.


The Kings of Judah

1 Kings 12:17 – But [as for] the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

The Southern Kingdom consisted of 2 tribes (Judah and Benjamin). The kingdom extended in the north as far as Bethel, while in the south it ended in the dry area known as the Negev. Its eastern and western boundaries were the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Jerusalem was its capital and it lasted from about 922-586 B.C.

List of the Kings of Judah
Kings of Judah Good or Bad Years of Reign Books of Kings II Chronicles
Rehoboam Bad 17 years I Kings 12:1 II Chronicles 10:1
Abijah Bad 3 years I Kings 15:1 II Chronicles 13:1
Asa Good 41 years I Kings 15:9 II Chronicles 14:1
Jehoshaphat Good 25 years I Kings 22:41 II Chronicles 17:1
Jehoram Bad 8 years I Kings 22:50 II Chronicles 21:1
Ahaziah Bad 1 years II Kings 8:24 II Chronicles 22:1
Athaliah II Kings 11:1 II Chronicles 22:10
Joash Good 40 years II Kings 11:4 II Chronicles 23:1
Amaziah Good 29 years II Kings 14:1 II Chronicles 25:1
Uzziah Good 52 years II Kings 15:1 II Chronicles 26:1
Jotham Good 16 years II Kings 15:32 II Chronicles 27:1
Ahaz Bad 16 years II Kings 15:38 II Chronicles 28:1
Hezekiah Good 29 years II Kings 18:1 II Chronicles 29:1
Manasseh Bad 55 years II Kings 21:1 II Chronicles 33:1
Amon Bad 2 years II Kings 21:19 II Chronicles 33:21
Josiah Good 31 years II Kings 22:1 II Chronicles 34:1
Jehoahaz Bad 3 months II Kings 23:31 II Chronicles 36:1
Jehoiakim Bad 11 years II Kings 23:36 II Chronicles 36:4
Jehoiakin Bad 3 months II Kings 24:6 II Chronicles 36:9
Zedekiah Bad 11 years II Kings 24:17 II Chronicles 36:11
The Babylonian Captivity 586 BC II Kings 25:1 II Chronicles 36:13
Kings of Judah 8 Good, 11 Bad 387 Years

There were 8 good kings ruling the southern kingdom of Judah, the rest were all evil. After Josiah reigned there was no hope for Judah, the last 3 kings were evil. The Babylonians came and captured Jerusalem in 597 BC. A second attack led to Jerusalem’s second defeat in 586 BC. Captives from both campaigns were taken to Babylonia to mark the captivity of the Southern Kingdom.

2 Kings 17:13 – Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments [and] my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.


Nations Mentioned in the Old Testament

Isaiah 49:6 – And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

List of Gentile Nations Named in the Old Testament. This chart contains a long list of the gentile “heathen” nations that are mentioned in Old Testament times. Click on the Bible verse to read the background information.

List of Gentile Nations in the Old Testament
Gentile Nations Bible Verses
Arabia Isaiah 21Jeremiah 251 Kings 10
Aram Genesis 10Numbers 23
Ararat Jeremiah 51
Armenia Isaiah 37
Arvad Ezekiel 27
Asshur Ezekiel 2732Hosea 14
Assyria Isaiah 7
Buz Jeremiah 25
Chaldea Jeremiah 5051Ezekiel 1623
Chittim Isaiah 23Jeremiah 2Ezekiel 27Daniel 11
Cush Isaiah 11
Dumah Isaiah 21Genesis 25
Dedan Isaiah 21Ezekiel 2738
Edom Isaiah 1134Jeremiah 2549
Egypt 2 Kings 17:4Psalm 46:7;  Psalm 81Etc.
Elam Isaiah 112122Jeremiah 2549
Ethiopia Isaiah 18204345Ezekiel 30Nahum 3
Grecia Daniel 81011Joel  3
Isles of the Gentiles Zephaniah 2
Isles of Elisha Ezekiel 27
Kedar Isaiah 214260Jeremiah 2Ezekiel 27;  Songs 1
Libya Ezekiel 3038
Lud Isaiah 66;  Ezekiel 27
Lydia Ezekiel 30
Madai Genesis 10
Magog Ezekiel 3839
Medes Isaiah 13Jeremiah 2551Daniel 56911
Media Isaiah 21Daniel 82 Kings 17
Mesech Ezekiel 27323839
Mesopotamia Genesis 24
Minni Jeremiah 51
Mizraim Genesis 10
Nebaioth Genesis 25Isaiah 601 Chronicles 1
Ophir Isaiah 13
Padan Aram Genesis 25
Palestine Joel  3
Pathros Isaiah 11Jeremiah 44Ezekiel 2930
Persia Ezekiel 2738Daniel 81011
Phut Ezekiel 27Nahum 3
Raamah Ezekiel 27
Seba Psalm 72
Seir Isaiah 21
Sheba Isaiah 60Jeremiah 6Ezekiel 2738
Shinar Isaiah 11Daniel 1Zechariah 5
Sihor Isaiah 23Jeremiah 2Joshua 13
Susa Esther 12
Tema Isaiah 21Jeremiah 25Hosea 12Amos 1
Tarshish Isaiah 2236066Jeremiah 10Ezekiel 27Jonah 1
Togarmah Ezekiel 2738Genesis 101 Chronicles 1
Uz Jeremiah 25Lamentations 4
The River Chebar Ezekiel 1
The River Euphrates Jeremiah 134651
The Great Sea Numbers 34Joshua 19Ezekiel 47
The River Hiddekel Genesis 2
Helbon Ezekiel 27
Nineveh Jonah 1
Noph Isaiah 19Jeremiah 24446Ezekiel 30
Zoan Isaiah 1930Ezekiel 30



Choose Life!

May 9, 2019 by Dr Michael Brown

More than three-thousand years ago, Moses urged the children of Israel to “choose life.” He said to them:

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NJPS).

But why would anyone choose death? Why would anyone choose to be cursed rather than blessed?

The answer is that God’s ways lead to life and blessing, but many people would rather die than follow Him.

They view God’s ways as restrictive. Oppressive. Antiquated. Harmful.

In reality, God’s ways lead to human thriving. To liberty. To freedom. To fullness.

As Jesus said:

“I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

To be sure, God’s ways require discipline. And obedience. And denial of the flesh.

But fleshly habits bring bondage. Discipline sets us free.

Indulging our earthly desires brings dullness and addiction. Obedience lifts us into a higher realm, far above our animal appetites.

God is a God of life, and in Him is life beyond description. That’s why Jesus could say:

“I am the resurrection and the life. . . . I am the bread of life. . . . . Whoever follows Me . . . will have the light of life” (John 11:24; 6:35; 8:12). And that’s why John called Him “the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

Tragically, in recent decades, America has increasingly chosen a path of death, from abortion to violent video games, and from euthanasia to TV shows glorifying vampires and zombies. How can we turn the tide?

Here are some practical suggestions.

First, go about your normal daily activities, watching and reading and listening to what you normally watch and read and listen to, but this time take note of how much death is involved. How many images of the dead and dying? How many corpses? How much graphic violence? How much death are you seeing (by choice, not by necessity) over the course of a week?

Second, if you realize that you’re being influenced by a culture of death, then take a thirty-day break from all forms of death-related media entertainment, be it video games or favorite TV shows or gratuitously violent novels.

Third, immerse yourself in words of life. I would encourage you to read several chapters from Proverbs and the Gospel of John each day, noticing the constant emphasis on life. As the voice of wisdom says in Proverbs 8:

“For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death” (Prov. 8:35-36).

Fourth, when you spend time in prayer, ask God to flood your heart with His life and to give you the perspective of life, to see the world as He would have you see it.

Fifth, after thirty days, ask the Lord how He would have you to live. You might be surprised to see how your perspectives have changed. In the words of Paul:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things (Phil. 4:8, NIV).

If you’d like to take this even further, then consider three more steps.

First, get involved in the pro-life movement and work against abortion on demand in our nation. If Mother Teresa and others are right, this strikes at a major root of our culture of death, and by joining together as pro-life Christians, we can see the nation impacted.

Second, we can affirm the dignity of every human life by reaching out to the elderly, who are some of the most forgotten and neglected people in our society.

Third, get involved with another group that society discards, the poor and the hurting. Many churches have ministries to the poor and the needy, and every city has feeding programs and the like, and for the most part, they are greatly understaffed.

We celebrate life when we bring meaning and hope into the lives of the hurting, and we reaffirm that they too are created in the image of God, therefore of inestimable value and worth. It is something near and dear to the Lord’s heart.

The good news is that, across our nation, Americans are choosing life. In fact, already in March, a New York Times headline declared:

“Georgia Is Latest State to Pass Fetal Heartbeat Bill as Part of Growing Trend.”

The article noted that:

“The governors in Mississippi and Kentucky signed fetal heartbeat measures into law in recent weeks, and other states — including Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas — are expected to approve similar measures this year.”

May our nation choose life, that we and our offspring might live!

(Some of the material in this article was excerpted and adapted from my book Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Transformation.)


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A Pilgrimage to Secure Boundaries

by Jack Hayford


“Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever…Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” (Genesis 13:14b-15, 17)

This was the first time that I have ever referred to one of our trips to the Holy Land as a “pilgrimage,” but it was just that—a mandate from the Lord to go and pray in Israel. We were a group under God’s hands, joining in prayer with multitudes also praying for the peace of Jerusalem. We knew somehow that our actions in the invisible realm were pivotal, invoking through prayer the rule of God Almighty. Never have I felt involved in a more significant venture. Believers and secular people alike in Israel were deeply moved by our visit.

We went with a sense of mission to exercise the practice of prophetic prayer, literally moving through the land to touch the North, South, East, and West. As a prayer team, we built altars at each of these boundaries of the nation, where we lifted up key issues to be proclaimed over the land. These are the same issues that need to be raised up over your life—kingdom principles that apply to all of us.

In the South, we built the Altar of TRUTH (Psalm 119:165), praying that Israel will honor the Word; that the Word be made alive—a veil removed to see more than words; to see truth: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

In the East, we built the Altar of LIFE (Ezekiel 37:9,14), praying that there would come an outpouring of the Spirit according to Zechariah 12:10: “I will pour on Israel the Spirit of grace and supplication, and they will look upon Me whom they pierced.”

In the North, we built the Altar of WORSHIP (Zechariah 14:16-18), praying in intercession that all who worship the Lord now in spirit and in truth would become a token invoking further grace, including breaking the drought in this land.

In the West, we built the Altar of PRAISE (Psalm 113:1-3), praying praise to drive back the darkness; praise for what has begun; and praise that Israel’s boundaries not only be secured but expanded in her mission to mankind.

I gained three convictions from this divinely appointed visit to Israel. First, the Spirit of prophecy is ready to come upon people who will rise in faith, obey with action, and work with discernment. Second, the Spirit of life is breathing with force ready to break down walls and bring salvation. Finally, the Spirit of harvest is calling for prayer warriors who will resist the Adversary and contend for God’s boundaries of intended blessing.

More than ever, there’s reason for us as the people of the Lord to let our hearts be quickened with anticipation and stirred with a sense of accountable duty. We are called to occupy until Jesus comes, and that responsibility centers on intercessory prayer and a faithful life of service that shows the love of God in everything we do. As the world faces uncertainty, let us march forward in full confidence that He has called us to action in prayer that will result in the securing and expansion of boundaries of intended blessing in our world and in each of our lives.

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