My Bible Sunday, Jan 28 2018 

The verse we are going to be addressing this morning may be found in the book of Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

My dear reader, I would like to share with you my relationship with the Holy Bible.

Each day, I share with you a verse or two. Why do I do this? My purpose in sharing scripture with you is to share with you what the Holy Spirit is doing to my thoughts and intents. Perhaps you identify with me in this. Perhaps the Holy Spirit is discerning yours as well. I want to share my journey with you, my experiences, including the lessons I am learning along the way.

So what is my bible to me? Well, first of all the word “Bible” is not even in the bible. An interesting study one can do is to determine which popular sayings are not in the bible. I remember sharing the golden rule in one of my posts and someone said to me, “That’s not in the bible.” If you do not know what is not in it, how can you understand what is in it?

My bible is not just a fire insurance policy.

For some people that’s all it is to them. They look at it on Christmas service and Easter service. The rest of the year it collects dust on a shelf somewhere. I hope that isn’t you.

My bible is not just an inheritance.

For some people that’s all it is to them. They inherited the old book from their mother or father. They know it has the family tree in there somewhere. They glance at it when they are feeling nostalgic or after their parents have passed on because they miss them and they know that they used to read it on occasion.

My bible is my interpreter.

It interprets for me the language of Zion. And oh how I enjoy the conversations I have with God. There are times when I read it that the words jump right off the page at me.

My bible is alive.

One minute I use it as a sword against the devil and the next minute the Holy Spirit is using it on me as a scalpel to remove some error in my mind.

My bible is powerful.

It heals me. Not just physically but emotionally, spiritually and in every way.

My bible reassures me of my place in the Kingdom of God.

By it the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. I am of the household of God. I am a stone of the temple that God himself inhabits.

 

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My Testimony Friday, Jan 12 2018 

Today’s verse comes from John chapter one verse 19: 19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

When I look at the list of followers on this blog I am amazed. Currently, there are 99 of you. I look forward to the day when we can finally surpass 100.

But then it comes to me why are these people “following” me? Do they know me? Do they know where I came from? What my past was?

1 Peter 3:15 comes to mind: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear

So I am prodded incessantly to give my testimony to you.

Christ had a testimony. We read about it in John chapter 3: 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; [a]for He gives the Spirit without measure.

My prayer in giving you this testimony is that I too would “speak the words of God giving the Spirit without measure.”

We know the Word of God is true.

I was raised in the church as a child from about the age of seven or eight. It was after my mother divorced my dad and she was seeking salvation. She had been raised a catholic but after two divorces; need I say more.

As we went about church hopping, I was indoctrinated into the Mormon church at the age of eight. Their missionaries came right to our front door. Then when I was ten we moved away because my mother had remarried for the third time and he was a non-denominational Christian. So we attended the Christian Church. What grace God blessed me with in this beginning of my faith in Christ. The bible was central to this place. I began my over half century dissection of God’s Holy Bible. Throughout my entire life, God has had His hand on me.

I was not so faithful as He.

Would that I could tell you that my life was full of praise, worship, and prayer. But, alas, I became painfully aware of my need of a Savior. I know now that God has put me in this place at this time because He loves me. God is not done with me. I am a work in progress.

So I share my journey with you. Philippians 3:I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

God’s Blessings of Redemption Thursday, Nov 30 2017 

Ephesians

The Blessings of Redemption

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [a]by the will of God,

To the [b]saints who are [c]at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before [d]Him. In love [e]He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the [f]kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In [g]Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He [h]lavished on [i]us. In all wisdom and insight He [j]made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His [k]kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration [l]suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things [m]in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 [n]also we [o]have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in [p]Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In [q]Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also [r]believed, you were sealed in [s]Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is [t]given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and [u]your love for all the [v]saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the [w]knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart [x]may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the [y]saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

God’s Kiss Monday, Mar 20 2017 

Psalm 119:132-134New International Version (NIV)

132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.

In the fullness of your love, I am so in love with you, Jesus. I honor and glorify your holy name.

Father, you are holy.

You are righteous.

You are good.

You answer my prayers. You know my heart.

By the blood of the Lamb and by the word of your testimonies, I overcome. Raise up an army of lovers; willing to fight to the death.

Face to face; I want to see you, LORD.

1 Thessalonians 5:25-27 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

Your love is like a room full of precious jewels. When it is just me and you I can’t remember life without you. In your presence, LORD, I am lost in the warmth of your smile. Your love is like a ray covering my soul. The kisses from above give me strength. Your love is like the ocean.

1 Peter 5:14 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Ability of God Sunday, Aug 21 2016 

Ephesians 3:20-21Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Jude 24-25Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

If you can’t think of a reason to glorify God, these few verses ought to give you a pretty good idea that we should glorify Him for His ABILITIES.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Awakening the Heart (Tithing) Friday, Jan 24 2014 

 

 

So did you count your debt to God? Do you even know the amount you owe? In this chapter, “Awakening the Heart” the emphasis is on tithing. Tithing is sowing to the Spirit. Leviticus 27:30-34, “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in Mount Sinai.”

Genesis 28:20-22, “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God; And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that thou shall give me I will surely give a tenth unto thee.” Jacob was terrified after a dream when he made this vow. Have you ever been terrified after a dream? Have you ever gotten into trouble and said to God, “Oh, God, I’ll do anything, just get me out of here?” Maybe you are saying that right now.

So, how many sheep in your flock? None? How many fruit bearing trees do you have in your grove? None?

Remember, that from that time until now there have been two major types of people on earth. The first are the nomads. They are the people who move from place to place so that their flocks can graze. The second are the farmers or the people who stay in one place year after year and sow and reap according to the laws of nature. It is not to say that some nomads didn’t plant for a time when they would return to a location or that farmers didn’t have herds. They often had both. So, what are you? Farmer? Nomad? It doesn’t really matter because both were a part of the “estimation of the tithes”.

The important aspect of the tithe was that, “all that any man gives of such unto the Lord shall be holy.” Leviticus 27:9

Leviticus 27:14, “And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the Lord, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand.” So in the Old Testament, the priests were the accountants. They did all of the estimating.

So what is all of this mumbo jumbo about sanctifying his house? To sanctify is to make holy, to consecrate, to purify or free from sin, to impart spiritual blessing to or to make productive or conducive to spiritual blessing.

Awakening the heart means knowing what you know. You actually begin to live what you know in your heart is true. Your life is a living legacy to those who see your fruit. Tithing begins in the heart. It is an awakening. You give your very best to God. Live richly.

How to Enter into His Rest Monday, Jan 13 2014 

 

Yesterday, the blog was about How to Walk in the Spirit, today it will be about How to Enter His Rest.

To begin, I’d like to say that I don’t think it is any coincidence that you came here today. I believe that something I am about to say is just for you.

We live in a time when everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere. Our time is spent rushing from place to place. Unlike money time isn’t something you can save up in a jar for a rainy day. Time is very precious because it is limited.

I appreciate the time you take to read my blog. I know there are a million things you could be doing with your time. It is very precious indeed.

15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

12 To whom he said, “This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.

18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk therein.”

It is hard not to become self-righteous when we read how rebellious Israel was in the Old Testament. Why wouldn’t they want to enter into His rest?

They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.

My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.

All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, even the Lord, the hope of their fathers.

In the New Testament we find the promise of Jesus:

27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

God wants us to have rest for our souls. This is a place of integrity where we can rest assured that what we have done and said will not come back to bite us. We seek truth and pursue it.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

So then, it is our Faith that allows us to enter into His rest.

4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

What a joyous rest we have in Him! How great is the love of God! That we should obtain mercy.

Let your conscience be your guide. Be Holy because He is holy. Do all the things we have discussed, read, pray, worship, walk in the Spirit, and live with the desire in your heart to do what is right. Pursue peace.

And may God the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ give you rest for your souls.