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.