Saturday, October 27, 2007

I will in no wise cast out...

John 6:35-37
35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

This promise is huge. Jesus says that the Father chooses us, but even if we are not aware of or sure of the Father choosing us, we can trust that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. He knew we would struggle with trying to know if we were chosen or not. So, he assures us that He will cast no one out that comes to Him. I am sure none CAN come to Him without the calling of God. But I haven’t ALWAYS been sure that I was called to salvation. I can only be sure Jesus will not turn me away.

Led astray?

Psalms 3:1-8
1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. (Lots of people are going to be quick to lead you away from the Lord, and encourage you to be lost in sin.)
2. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. (These same people will deny God and try to persuade you that He is NOT your helper.)
3. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.
5. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. (It is the Lord, Himself that provides the air that you breathe and causes your lungs to continue. When He ceases to breath life into you, you will die. We wake up in the morning because He sustains us.)
6. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.

Wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:1-6
1. And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

The Lord is my strength, I will not be afraid. We shall draw water from the wells of salvation. Isn’t that beautiful? It isn’t just one drink and we are done, left to wait for death to enter in. We get to draw water from the wells of salvation. We get to go back over and over again. We get to enjoy our salvation and the presence of the Lord as oft as we care to draw the water.

Cultivation

Luke 13:6-9
6. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

I like this story cause it gives me some sense of security that the Lord will not cut me off immediately if I don’t bear enough fruit. But He will dig around me, cultivate my soil, fertilize me with His Spirit and His witnesses and He will keep me as long as there is a glimmer of hope that I will improve.

Not to forget however, in the end if the tree does not bear fruit it WILL be cut down.

train your brain

Proverbs 12:11
11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

To till his land also means to train his brain.
He that fills his brain with the Word shall be satisfied with bread, but he that follows after foolishness is void of understanding.”

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Believing is a choice

Isaiah 7:5-9
Isa 7:5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
Isa 7:6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
Isa 7:7 Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
Isa 7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
Isa 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

That is good wisdom for us still today. “If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.” It would appear that believing is a matter of the will. It is not some unthinking emotion without a source.

Seeing, we see not

Isaiah 6:1-13
1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

I wonder if Isaiah knew that the Lord meant that Isaiah would witness, but the people would not believe him and it would become their reproach?

11. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
12. And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

This is from Matthew Henry: "Isaiah must preach to them, and they will hear him indeed, but that is all; they will not heed him; they will no understand him; they will not take any pains, nor use that application of mind which is necessary to the understanding of him; they are prejudiced against that which is the true intent and meaning of what he says, and therefore they will not understand him, or pretend they do not. They see indeed (for the vision is made plain on tables, so that he who runs may read it); but they perceive not their own concern in it; it is to them as a tale that is told. Note, There are many who hear the sound of God's word, but do not feel the power of it. "

This is where we are now. We have the Bible, people can see it and read it, but most people do not perceive their own concern in it.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Salted with fire

Mark 9:43-50
43. And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
49. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
50. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

The commentaries have trouble with this verse, and they all try to change it a little, to say in effect that the unsaved are salted with fire, but it doesn’t say that. In fact, scriptures say that we will be tried as though by fire. Many times you told me that our works will go through the fire and the hay and stubble will be consumed.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The first commandment

Mark 12:29-34
29. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33. And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

I like this passage. And it is both easy to keep and a struggle to keep. We need to keep the Lord always first. He is easy to love. And yet, we are distracted by things here on earth and if we do not have daily study and / or communion with God, how can we claim that we are loving Him with all our mind and with all our strength? But, I still like the passage. And I strive to keep it. And I like knowing that if I just keep this one, everything else will take care of itself. This one commandment will lead us into all righteousness.

Free to serve

Mark 12:20-25
20. Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
21. And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
22. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
23. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
24. And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25. For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

I am really grateful for this story. In heaven there will be no contention about the roles of men and women. We will be as the angels and we will ALL be free to worship and to serve. There will be no restrictions because of gender.
I guess that means that in God’s eyes we are already free from all that. After all, He IS in heaven.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Know all things?

1 John 2:18-24
18. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19. They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (This is an awesome and scary verse and we do not use it like we should. Or rather I do not use it. Why not? The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. Why don’t I rely on Him to do that? Why do I doubt myself if I know that the Holy Spirit leads me and teaches me? Just how many of my thoughts are directed by Him and how many are idle ramblings of my own? How do I separate them?)
21. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
(The word “IF” at the beginning of this sentence implies that what we have heard and believed may NOT remain in us. And if it doesn’t then we may NOT continue in the Son. How can we chain it to our hearts so that we never falter? What if at some future date we are drawn away and give it up? How can we lock ourselves in so we never allow ourselves to slip from the right way?)

1 John 2:27-29
27. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
29. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Legacy

12. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14. Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.


This is not an attitude for the aged. Not a one of us knows when he will be called home. There is no guarantee of tomorrow and we are continually reminded that there is no age limit on death. Every one of us should know that we will shortly put off this tabernacle, maybe today, maybe tomorrow. Are we ready?
15. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

And what will people remember when we are gone? Will they remember Christ, or some stupid joke we once told, or some dumb prank we once played? Will they remember that we were committed to Christ, or will they remember that we were Sunday morning Christians? When they remember the things we used to say, will it encourage them in the Word? Or will it be old wives tales? I think of the many sayings I remember from my Grandma, and I didn’t know her very much. I don’t believe any of them were about Jesus, or sin, or heaven. Except that she said if you don’t have anything good to say about someone, keep your mouth shut.

16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.18. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Bearing Fruit

5. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is how to make salvation fruitful, or how to make salvation work for the Glory of God and the increase of His kingdom. It is not that we have to actually DO anything. We have to add virtue to our faith, and add knowledge by studying and prayer. We have to develop temperance and patience. These things together form in us Godliness and brotherly kindness. And above all we need charity, or else we are become as sounding brass. Taken together these things make us helpful to others and witnesses for the kingdom of God. Or, in biblical terms, it makes us fruitful.

9. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Monday, June 4, 2007

What does God want?

Psalms 4:2-5
2. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3. But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.


This reminds me of Curt’s sermon yesterday. Among other things, he said today’s concept of God is that God wants all his people to flourish and above all to be happy, and that He will satisfy their every desire. And while that is not entirely untrue, the thing that God wants is for us to be HOLY. He wants us to live sanctified lives. He wants us to want to serve Him.

It is not about what we want. It is about what God wants. And He wants Holiness!

Inheritance

Psalms 2:6-8
6. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.


Here is a promise between the Father and the Son. The promise secures our future. Verse 8 says “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen”. Jesus did ask. (John 17:20-21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.)

Jesus has asked that we be one in Him. We can ask of Him and He will give us the Heathen for an inheritance. What have you inherited here on earth that will be in heaven with you? Only the souls you have asked for and received.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Proverbs 3:18-26

(18) She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
(19) The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.


It says we should seek wisdom, and by way of explaining why wisdom is to be desired, it says “because by wisdom the Lord has founded the earth”. If we seek wisdom, what could WE do? (John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.)

(20) By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
(21) My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
(22) So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
(23) Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
(24) When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
(25) Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
(We are seeing this desolation all around us, in storms, in earthquakes, mudslides wars, violence and plenty of other evils. It is a little hard not to be afraid. And I know that every place there are disasters, there are a few of God’s people present, and they suffer along with the rest. Yet, there is a greater desolation coming. A desolation of the wicked, and we will have no part in it. Whatever evil befalls us here; we know our end in Christ.)

(26) For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Who is near?

Psalms 119:150-151
(150) They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
(151) Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.


Notice in these verses that the ungodly draw near and the Lord is near. We have both drawing near to us. And they are both trying to get us. And we are GOING to succumb to one or the other. We are not our own.

If God appears to us

1Kings 11:9-11
(9) And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
(10) And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
(11) Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.


It seems that if we get a special message from the Lord, we also get extra guilt. The Lord was angry with Solomon because He had appeared to him twice, and still Solomon did that which the Lord warned him against. So, if Solomon had not received special messages from the Lord, would there have been less guilt? Does this mean that people, who receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, also receive the extra responsibility for their lives, like Solomon?

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Look well to thy herds

Pro 27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
Pro 27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
Pro 27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
Pro 27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
Pro 27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.


These verses tell us to look well to our work and we will have enough for our household and those that are dependant on us. And if we do NOT look well to our work, we cannot expect riches to last forever. And if we are fortunate enough to have inherited riches, we cannot expect them to last from one generation to another, unless we tend to them.

We are to "look well" to our work. "Look well" to our resources. Don't waste them. Don't fritter them away. Yet, don't hoard them. We can't take them to heaven! We have to use them well. Sometimes that means saving, sometimes it means giving. It rarely means spending on things that profit us nothing.

Excess baggage

Gal 6:14-18
(14) But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.


I think this is a lifetime undertaking. To be crucified to the world, while still living in it. It is a great goal, but not something you can say once and just be there. I keep slipping back into the flesh. It is hard not to glory in accomplishment. Yet man is only vanity. It is the cross that stays.

(15) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.


We are new creatures, but we are still dragging old baggage along with us. Every now and then, we succeed in leaving a piece of it at the cross, but we are still dragging bits and pieces of our worldliness around with us. if we live long enough, and keep leaving bits and pieces of our baggage at the cross, maybe someday we will really be crucified unto the world, and sanctified.

(16) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
(17) From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
(18) Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen


I should let no man trouble me, for I bear the mark of the Lord Jesus. Some will try to trouble us. We can't be troubled. We are sealed.

So, I just read what I wrote, to see what God is telling me. (I asked Him to open my eyes to the scripture and I ask Him for a word for you, and I asked Him for a word for ME.) He is telling me to keep dropping my old baggage, just let it go, and glory ONLY in the cross. I wonder if He has something specific in mind, or if it applies to progress.

Am I something?

Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden


I have never been able to figure this out, how we should bear one another’s burdens, yet three verses later it says every man shall bear his own burden. The first burden in verse 2 is the word “baros’ in Greek and means “load or weight”. The second burden in verse 5 is the word “phortion”, which in Greek means “task or service” So in verse 2 it says we are to help each other with our loads, or problems, and in verse 5 is says we are each to do our own work. I wonder why they didn’t use different words when they translated it? the Greek words were different.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Don't be deceived!

2Co 11:1-3(1) Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.(2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.(3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

I understand what Paul is saying in these verses; more now than I did a few years ago. Many people start out believing, and then Satan starts working on their minds and they are deceived and they walk away from what they knew.
Satan does not attack unbelievers. They are no threat to him. It is God's people that he works on. He is trying to destroy God's work. He knows he cannot win, (read the end of the story!), but in bitterness he does all the damage he can while he still can. Just like any jealous and hateful person you know, even if they cannot take what you have, they will still do all they can to damage and hurt.
Satan's best work is to cause people to drift away from God. When people are apart from God, they lose a LOT of blessings, and they do not increase the kingdom of God. So, Satan is able to damage both the person and the kingdom.

We don't have to let it happen! Stand fast in Christ.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

As occasion serve thee

1Sa 10:6-7
(6) And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
(7) And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
(9) And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.


Verse 7 is where the rubber meets the road. To have the confidence to know the Lord is with you and to do as the occasion serves. Even if we are not led to prophesy, we have to learn to do what the occasion calls for, with out second-guessing the Lord.
How many times I have failed to pray for someone, although I felt I should. I don’t know when God is with me; I don’t know when He is leading me to do something and when I am in my own strength.
It is important for us to learn to discern the Lord's leading. We are missing too many opportunities to serve our Savior, because we haven't learned to hear His voice.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Caution

1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.


It says they all ate the same spiritual meat, which for us is the Word of God, and they drank the same spiritual drink, which is the Holy Ghost and they were all followed by the Rock which was Christ. But they did not all reach the same conclusion.

We all read the same bible, we all carry the same Jesus within us, and we all seek the same Holy Spirit, but we do not reach the same conclusions. What’s up with that? With many, God will not be pleased. How can we all be fed from the same resources and wind up at different ends?

1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1Co 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.


Paul said the ends of the world were come on them of Corinth. Surely we are closer now than they were then. So these warnings are even more critical. There are preachers that preach peace and security and they would have people be calm and secure in their salvation, not fearing anything. But, Paul says right here, “let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” I don’t think we should be quite so complacent as some are.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The measure of a man

1Co 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

This is the way we should measure all men. Not by their speech, but by their power.

Praise

Read this out loud for yourself, slowly. It’s a prayer. When you finish you will have rejoiced and praised God. And you will want to read it again!

Psa 66:1-20
(1) Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
(2) Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
(3) Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
(4) All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
(5) Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
(6) He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
(7) He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
(8) O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
(9) Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
(10) For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
(11) Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
(12) Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
(13) I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
(14) Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
(15) I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
(16) Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
(17) I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
(18) If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
(19) But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
(20) Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

If THAT doesn’t put you into a spirit of worship, you aren’t listening! It was a blessing to me this morning.

Justified

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.


And there is the greatest praise of all. Verse 11. such were some of you, (me actually), but I am washed, I am sanctified, I am justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Praise God.

I cannot undo my history. It is done. I am already condemned to die. I will die for stealing, for fornication, for covetousness, for drunkenness, for reviling. I am dead. Even if I could get away with the one sin, I have several others to seal my sentence. I am still walking, but my sentence is already passed. I am just like the man in prison, waiting for the death penalty to be carried out. There is no parole for good behavior. I am dead.

But then there is verse 11. Praise God, I am forgiven. Jesus died. Jesus went to the death penalty. I am washed clean. I am alive! I want to stay clean.

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Walking

Psa 73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
Psa 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Psa 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.


You know how a toddler walks along with the parent, barely able to reach Dad’s hand and he hangs on to one finger cause his hands are so small, and he trots along trying to keep up? That’s how I feel walking with God.

Psa 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
Psa 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
Psa 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
Psa 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

When God rose to judgement

Psa 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
Psa 76:8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
Psa 76:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.


“The earth feared and was still when God arose to judgment, to save all the meek”. We are not often afraid of God, because we depend on His love and tenderness. But the earth fears and stands still when He comes to Judge. What if we did not number ourselves among the “meek of the earth”? What if we were the object of His anger? That would be something to fear.

Monday, April 2, 2007

4-2-07

Psa 72:11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
Psa 72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
Psa 72:13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
Psa 72:14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.


We don’t know how poor we really are. We have enough to eat, we have a roof, we have plenty to wear, we have extra to buy the things we want. But we are so very poor. We have NOTHING with which to buy a passage into heaven. We have NOTHING to take with us to heaven. We have NOTHING. We are exceedingly poor. All our diamonds are just coal.

But our King shall deliver the needy and the poor. In Christ we are as rich as ever we need to be. With His blood we have all the heavenly riches we need to buy that passage into heaven.

But, here and now, we haven’t a penny to buy that blood with. I don’t care how hard we work, or how much we save, or with what skill we manage our finances, we will still not have even a fraction of the price needed to buy the blood that gets us through the gates of heaven. Praise God the blood is free!!! Free! And there is no use trying to buy it. It is not for sale. It is Free. Free as only the King can make it.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

3-25, 2nd post

1Co 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
1Co 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

I like this too, that in everything ye are enriched by Him. In all utterance and in all knowledge. Our knowledge comes form the Holy Spirit. We don’t make it up as we go.

3-25

Co 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
1Co 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
I like this part “called to be saints”. I like to know we were “called”. We didn’t just choose it cause it sounded nice. We were “called”. I also like that Paul wrote this to the church in Corinth, but he also wrote it to us many years later. He wrote to the church of God which is at Corinth “with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Friday, March 23, 2007

3-23

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.


It says to avoid them, Dad. Good words and fair speeches. How shall we know who to trust?

March 23

Psa 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
Psa 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psa 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
Psa 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Psa 61:5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
Psa 61:6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
Psa 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
Psa 61:8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.


God does hear us. He really is a shelter and a strong tower. I hope to abide in His tabernacle forever. I have some fear of failing. I don’t want to blow with the wind. I want to stay faithful. I hope nothing ever changes my mind. I would rather die right now, than live long enough to change my mind. People do, so I know it is a real fear. It is not running from shadows.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mar. 18, 2007

Rom 14:1-4
(1) Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
(2) For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
(3) Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
(4) Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

“for God hath received him”. It is hard for us NOT to judge other people who claim to be Christians, but do not live the same way we do. We want to impose our understanding of scripture on EVERY Christian’s life.

But the bible says, “whosoever will” may call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. It does NOT say, “who ever cleans up his life and lives according to holly’s standards” may call upon the name of the Lord!
We are not to judge another man’s servant. God will judge in His time.

Friday, March 16, 2007

March 14, 2007

Psa 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
This is so important. I just read the story of Joshua taking all the kings of Canaan. (chapters 9-11) Early in the story the Gibeonites came and begged a peace treaty with Israel and Israel gave them the peace treaty, but they did not consult with Jehovah.

God is our God FOREVER. HE is to be our guide. He can only do that if we are looking!

The bible talks about “leading” the sheep. We had some sheep when I was a kid. And sometimes it was up to me to move them from one pasture to another when they had cleaned themselves right out of grass. If the ram was not there, the ewes would really follow you. You just get their attention and they will walk with you from one pasture to another. However, the ram was not so easy. He was ornery and had to be DRIVEN from one place to another. He would not be LED. You could get his attention and try to get him to chase you, but he usually won. The best way to move him was to get a 2 x 4 and place it behind his head and kind of push him along.

God never says in His word that He will DRIVE us. He says He will LEAD us.

Psa 49:1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
Psa 49:2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
Psa 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Psa 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. Psa 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
Psa 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
Psa 49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
We talked about this yesterday. Paul said he wished he could be accursed from Christ so that his brothers could be saved. We cannot redeem our brothers. And Praise God for that. We do not have to struggle with ourselves or sacrifice ourselves to prove our love and fidelity for one another. We CANNOT redeem one another. Likewise, we cannot worship one another. Only God can save.

Psa 49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
Psa 49:9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
Psa 49:10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
Psa 49:11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
Psa 49:12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
Psa 49:13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
We can watch this happen, generation after generation. People think they are great, they die, and they become no more important than any other. They all die. They all leave their stuff to someone else. And yet people still hold to the thought that they will leave something permanent behind them.

Psa 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
Psa 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Psa 49:16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
Psa 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
Psa 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
Psa 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
Psa 49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
Refusing Jesus makes a person not a person. Just a creature. Like cattle.

Pro 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
No work dedicated to the Lord will be lost. Every work done in the name of Jesus will be rewarded. However, just talking about the good works we should do, and not actually getting them done, will not be rewarded. In fact, to them that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, it is sin. We cannot just talk about visiting and expect anything from the Lord. We have to move.

Pro 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The confidence is in the “fear of the Lord”. When we lose the “fear of the Lord”, we may also lose the strong confidence. They are tied together.

Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Rom 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
This applies to a lot of people, not just to the Jews. People that have a zeal for God, but not a submission to Jesus. They work to be good. They create their own good. And because they are good people, and do good to others, they feel safe. and because they do so much good, others think they are safe. but they have established their own righteousness. It will be dissolved. It will never stand in the judgement. They could do the very same works and earn great rewards, if they would only acknowledge Jesus.

March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Rom 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
This does not mean we shouldn’t keep the law. I always thought it did. It means we SHOULD keep the law. The man who does the law shall live and Christ IS the end of the law. To keep the whole law is to accept and honor Christ. The man that does that shall live. Jesus fulfilled the Law. This means He paid any debts incurred under the Law. We have no need to offer more sacrifices, but we still have to keep the commandments and we still have to claim the blood over failure to honor Jesus. And since He is the end of the Law, we have to keep the Law in order to honor Him. I don’t think I am really saying what I mean very well. Maybe we’ll get it out when we talk about it.

Rom 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Rom 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
According to Adam Clark, descending into heaven to bring Christ down refers to Jews who did not believe Jesus was the promised Messiah. They must still be waiting for another Messiah to come from Heaven. And the other phrase, descend into the deep refers to those Jews that did not believe that Jesus was raised up from the dead.

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
And this passage says nothing about keeping any Laws. It says ”whosoever shall all upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. It says you shall confess with your mouth and believe in your heart. Believe what? Not the law, only believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.

Pro 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Pro 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
It is not easy to know how to answer people who claim to know Jesus and yet do not follow the same way I do. Where is the balance between speaking truth, “a soft answer turneth away wrath” and “the tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright”?

Pro 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Just blurting out all that you think you know is not always helpful to the kingdom of God, or to the building up of weaker saints.

Psa 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Psa 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Psa 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
Psa 50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
Psa 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Psa 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
Psa 50:7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
Psa 50:8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
Psa 50:9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
Psa 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
Psa 50:11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Psa 50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Psa 50:13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Psa 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psa 50:16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Psa 50:17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
Psa 50:18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
Psa 50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
Psa 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
Psa 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
I have done all of these. And God did keep silent. And did I think He was such an one as myself? I suppose I did. And now, we still fail to live perfectly, and do we still think He is such an one as us? We must think so. We make excuses for one another and we say “God wouldn’t expect that from you” or “God will understand”.
Psa 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psa 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Time’s up. I gotta go. Lots to get done today.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Isa 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands, thy walls are continually before me.