Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Born again

1 Peter 1:22-23
22. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

An exerpt from Jon Courson's commentary on the New Testament:
"The words which I speak are spirit and life," Jesus declared (see Joh_6:63).
"Master, we know that You must be from God, for no man can do the works You do unless God be with him," Nicodemus said to Jesus one night.
"Verily, I say unto you, you must be born again," Jesus said.
Perhaps scratching his head, Nicodemus said, "How can this be? How can a man enter into his mother's womb a second time? What do You mean?"
"That which is born of flesh is flesh," Jesus said, "but that which is born of spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I say you must be born again. The wind bloweth where it wants, and you hear the sound, but no man knows from whence it comes and no man knows where it goes" (see Joh_3:1-8).
A teacher of Israel, Nicodemus should have understood the reference. Born again, wind blowing? His mind should have raced immediately to Ezekiel 37, a passage familiar to every rabbi and teacher in Israel…
One day, the spirit of the Lord took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry, dead bones and told him to preach to the bones. As Ezekiel began to preach the Word, something amazing began to happen. The bones started to move. Before long, they had joined together like a great army, yet zombielike because they were without life.
"Prophesy to the wind," the Lord said to Ezekiel.
So Ezekiel prophesied unto the wind even as he had done to the bones, and the wind—the ruwach—the spirit moved into them and the bones came to life.
If Nicodemus had made the connection between this story and what Jesus was telling him that night, he would have understood that to be born again means to be made alive by the Spirit and the Word, just as the bones became alive when Ezekiel preached the Spirit and the Word.

1 Peter 1:24-25
24. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Psalms 41:4
4. I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Does your family believe your witness?

Mark 6:1-6
1. And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
2. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
6. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Aren't we amazed, astonished and dismayed when our family members do not believe our testimony of the gospel? and why should we be amazed, even Jesus' family did not believe Him. If they did not believe the Lord, why would they believe us? But if our family will not believe us, others will. Just keep going. If the Lord wills, someone else will be able to reach the ones that we cannot reach. Pray that He will send someone to those that will not listen to us.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Psalms 43:1-5

Psalms 43:1-5
1. Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
2. For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? How often do you feel as though you are alone in the world? How often does it seem as though you are trying to follow Jesus alone? But we are NOT alone. we do not walk by "feelings", we walk by faith and He said He would never leave us, nor forsake us.
(Deu 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.) Back to the Psalm...
3. O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
4. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
5. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Time flies

I cannot believe it has been exactly one year since i have posted on this page. i am going to revive it and do better.