My Why Monday, Apr 23 2018 

The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention to this morning may be found in the book of Romans chapter 9 verses 16-18.

Romans 9:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed [a]throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

Today we are addressing the question of “why”? Why am I a Christian? What is the reason for the hope that is in me?

1 Peter 3:15 15 but [c]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [d]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [e]reverence;

I will tell you at the onset that it has nothing to do with me; it was wrought by Christ who lives in me and through me. I was led by the Spirit to seek Him. I cannot boast and say that I am some moral or good person because I am a Christian for only God is good.

My why lies in the fact that my old why is gone and I have a new why; a new purpose; a new reason for living and for acting the way I do.

Ephesians 4:24 24 and put on the new [a]self, which [b]in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Colossians 1:26-28

26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His [a]saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man [b]with all wisdom, so that we may present every man [c]complete in Christ.

It was an internal change.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for [a]God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

In the pagan world, there are moral men who outwardly appear to be moral and ethical; but inwardly they are ravening wolves. They take pride in what they do and say it is because they are great men by the world’s standards. They are all in the condition I was in before I accepted Christ.

Ephesians 2:12 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, [a]excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

 

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My Weakness Saturday, Apr 21 2018 

The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention this morning can be found in the book of Romans chapter 8 verses 25-27:

25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our Victory in Christ

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the [j]saints according to the will of God.

I admit, I do not always know how to pray. I struggle with forgiving my enemies, those who have not yet been renewed in the spirit of their minds, and the unregenerate. Not that I am holier than thou, but that I have to resign from the pedestal reserved for the judgments of God.

I admit, I do not always know what to confess. I have to pray:

Psalm 19:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be [a]blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

I admit rushing into things. I don’t always think things through before I open my big mouth and stick my little foot in there. I forget that sanctification is a process where we are all on a different journey.

I admit questioning God. I think we can all confess that on occasion.

I often think others should forgive me, but I am oblivious to my own inability to forgive them. Oh wretched woman that I am.

 

Fear Not Friday, Apr 20 2018 

A ghostly shadow hovered across the way,

Barely visible without the light of day.

It seemed to have a will all its’ own,

As it stopped among the bushes overgrown.

I kept my eye a fixed upon its’ state;

And awaited, bated breath, for it to fade.

My stare became a glare upon the bog.

I could barely sense it’s shape among the fog.

It must have sensed me staring through the night,

As it dared not move a muscle in my sight.

So solemn, still, foreboding…

I thought I saw it growing!

The ghastly thing gave me such a fright!

I prayed aloud to God in utter fear.

And Jesus reassured me He was near.

 

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Jessica May Moore

My Understanding of Christ Monday, Apr 16 2018 

The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention to this morning can be found in the book of Ephesians chapter 4 verses 20 and 21:

20 But you did not learn [o]Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

When we learn something we gain an understanding of it. Before you can say that you are a Christian you must “learn Christ’. If we do not know what we believe, how then can we say we are Christians?

The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us through the Word of God. It is He alone that can remove the veil from our spiritual eyes.

Let’s go back to the first part of this section: Ephesians 4: 17-19

17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, [m]excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality [n]for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

This is a description of what we were like before we accepted Christ and walked in the Spirit; our understanding was darkened. We did not understand Christ.

Now, let’s review the verses that follow today’s verses: Ephesians 4:22-24

22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old [p]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new [q]self, which [r]in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

My knowledge of Christ is not merely a moral or ethical teaching, nor merely doctrine and theology in a theoretical manner; that I simply learned my sins were forgiven in the death of Christ. No-no, it is more than that.

I heard the truth in Jesus. I heard Him. I learned  the knowledge of the truth in Jesus. I was not saved by a philosophy of redemption but by Jesus.

We see it in Colossians 2:2-4

that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth [a]that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.

Psalms 19 Thursday, Apr 12 2018 

The Scripture I would like to draw your attention to this morning is found in the book of Psalms, chapter 19. I think it is a fitting finish to the 21 day Psalms 119 study we concluded yesterday.

19 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their [a]line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from [b]one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the [c]other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is [d]perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be [e]blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

For we know Matthew 5:16 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 21 Wednesday, Apr 11 2018 

Today is the last day of our 21 day series “Come Back to the LORD”. The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention is found in the book of Psalms, chapter 119, verses 161-168:

Shin.

161 Princes persecute me without cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your words.
162 I rejoice at Your [a]word,
As one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and despise falsehood,
But I love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
165 Those who love Your law have great peace,
And [b]nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I hope for Your salvation, O Lord,
And do Your commandments.
167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.

For we know: 1 John 4:3-5

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 20 Tuesday, Apr 10 2018 

The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention today can be found in the book of Psalms, chapter 119, verses 153-160:

Resh.

153 Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
For I do not forget Your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your [bq]word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.
156 [br]Great are Your mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your ordinances.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.
158 I behold the treacherous and loathe them,
Because they do not keep Your [bs]word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

For we know Psalms 136:6-8

For though the Lord is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will [a]revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 19 Monday, Apr 9 2018 

Today’s Scripture is found in the book of Psalms, chapter 119, verses 145-152:

Qoph.

145 I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord!
I will observe Your statutes.
146 I cried to You; save me
And I shall keep Your testimonies.
147 I [bn]rise before dawn and cry for help;
I [bo]wait for Your words.
148 My eyes anticipate the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your [bp]word.
149 Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your ordinances.
150 Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
They are far from Your law.
151 You are near, O Lord,
And all Your commandments are truth.
152 Of old I have known from Your testimonies
That You have founded them forever.

For we know Isaiah 26:8-10:

Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord,
We have waited for You eagerly;
Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.
At night [a]my soul longs for You,
Indeed, [b]my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For when the earth [c]experiences Your judgments
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10 Though the wicked is shown favor,
He does not learn righteousness;
He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 18 Sunday, Apr 8 2018 

Today’s Scripture is at Psalms 119:137-145

Tsadhe.

137 Righteous are You, O Lord,
And upright are Your judgments.
138 You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness
And exceeding faithfulness.
139 My zeal has [a]consumed me,
Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 Your [b]word is very [c]pure,
Therefore Your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have [d]come upon me,
Yet Your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
Give me understanding that I may live.

For we know John 2:17 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.”

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 17 Saturday, Apr 7 2018 

Today’s Scriptures are found at Psalms 119:129-136

Pe.

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul observes them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner [bg]with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my footsteps in Your [bh]word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes [bi]shed streams of water,
Because they do not keep Your law.

For we know Psalms 119:105-106

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

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