My Regeneration, My Joy – Part 2 Sunday, Nov 11 2018 

The scriptures for today begin at Matthew 5 vs 6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

And also Ecclesiastes 1 vs 15: “What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

Going on from where we left off in part 1 we are contrasting morality and Christianity. The first attribute of  Christianity is that it has “transforming character” and the second is that it has “true righteousness”.

The first scripture brings out the “fullness” of Christianity. And the second highlights the effects of man attempting to me “moral”. You see, originally man was made in the image of God. He was righteous, free from sin, straight. But, after the fall, he was “born crooked”, born in sin, shapen in iniquity.

Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

With Christianity the third is restoration, freed from sin, without blemish. With morality it makes life bearable. But with Christianity there is “fullness, righteous, and straightness.”

Luke 3:4-6

as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.
Every ravine will be filled,
And every mountain and hill will be [a]brought low;
The crooked will become straight,
And the rough roads smooth;
And all [b]flesh will see the salvation of God.’”

With the old man, the moral man, he is angular, irregular, the road is rough, there are impediments, potholes if you will. But with the Christian there is “true righteousness”.

Romans 14:17 “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 57 but specifically vs 1b-2a “For the righteous man is taken away from evil,
He enters into peace” and vs 21: “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

You see with morality you continue to have arguments ad disputes, but with Christianity there is peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. With morality it is like standing on a trap door that has turmoil underneath. You mess up and “fall through the door” and poof you are covered with worry and stress and biting of nails and gnashing of teeth. With Christianity there is righteousness, rest, joy, and peace with God being justified by faith.

Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all [a]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 1:17 “ For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth [a]were realized through Jesus Christ.

The moral man sticks with the “law” but those in Christ have realized His grace and truth evident in their lives. In the next post we will continue with the contrast and begin with an explanation of the “Salvation of God”.

To be continued…

 

 

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My Helper, My Friend Thursday, Oct 25 2018 

The verses for today may be found in the book of Philippians chapter 4 verses 5-7:

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is [a]near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [b]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I’d like to take these scriptures together with John 1:16 16 For of His fullness [a]we have all received, and [b]grace upon grace.

And also the verse Philippians 1:29 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Now here we have a conundrum. On the one had we are told that we have all received of His fullness and on the other we will suffer for His sake. On the one hand it says be anxious for nothing and yet we know in the world we shall have tribulations and trials.

So what is the world’s solution to this? Well they will tell you to become a fatalist which only leads to being defeated by the devil. Or they will  offer you some sort of psychological answer like positive thinking. The world says if your anxious take a drink or a drug to settle you down.

How can a man be at peace? Paul doesn’t just tell us don’t be anxious without a way. No-no, he tells us three things we must do and they are “but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

We are not alone. Jesus is with us. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.

John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Never be a victim of trials. Never worry, fret, be anxious, nor nervous. This instant you begin to have these thoughts do the three things. Sure makes it easier to pray without ceasing.

But how can we pray? Apart from Him you can do nothing. Romans 5:1-2

Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and [b]we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Hebrews 4:16 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19 19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus.

We can pray with confidence and assurance because we know God loves us-John 3:16. We can pray in the name of Jesus.

We can Thank God! Thank Him for salvation, the hairs of your head are all numbered, blessings, ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, health, strength, family, and new birth.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

We have the sureness of his care and promises. You see, God cannot change.

Romans 8:37-39

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If God be for us who can be against us.  All things work together for good to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. The LORD is my Helper and I care not what man can do unto me.. Our God is a gracious God. The peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. God is peace….eternal peace. Holiness always leads to peace. God gives us His peace.

Ephesians 3:19 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Peace be unto you all.

Self-Discipline Friday, Jul 13 2018 

The Scripture for today may be found in 2 Peter 1:2-8:

2 Peter 1:2-8 Discipline yourself….examine yourself….test yourself…

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

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.

Routine is not godliness. It keeps you in the first “add” which is “add to your faith virtue”; you must graduate on to “and virtue knowledge” through bible study. And then move on to “and knowledge temperance” through prayer. And then move on to “and temperance patience” through waiting on the LORD and watching for his coming. And then move on to “and to patience godliness” through well doing. And then move on to “and to godliness brotherly kindness” through grace and forgiveness to others. And then move on to “and to brotherly kindness charity” through the love of the Holy Spirit within you.

It is not that you no longer have faith when you acquire virtue but rather each is built one upon the other until God is glorified.

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.

 

My Peace Wednesday, Jan 10 2018 

Today’s verse can be found in the book of John chapter 14 verse 27: 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

This may be one of the most precious gifts God gives us. Do we fully understand how this gift works in our lives? When Jesus instructed his disciples he told them, “Freely you received, freely give.” In those same instructions he said, “As you enter the [n]house, give it your [o]greeting. 13 If the house is worthy, [p]give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, [q]take back your blessing of peace.” 

This peace is so precious that He does not want it wasted on the unworthy. When you give your peace to others it is multiplied within your own life. “Not as the world gives,” he said. In the world when you give something to someone else it means that you no longer have it. But peace multiplies in the giving. You never know how many people will benefit from the peace you share with others. It is like a “ripple effect” that spreads when you throw a pebble into a pond. It spreads out around over and over.

In Psalm 29:11 it says: 11 [a]The Lord will give strength to His people;
[b]The Lord will bless His people with peace.

God has a plan in giving you His peace: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all [a]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God has a purpose in giving you His peace: 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off [a]have been brought near [b]by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the [c]barrier of the dividing wall, 15 [d]by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [e]make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace…

God has a reason to give you His peace: 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

He Himself is our peace so we will abound in hope.

 

My Prayer Tuesday, Jan 9 2018 

Today’s scripture can be found in the book of 2 Corinthians Chapter 1 verses 10 and 11:

10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, [f]He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

Today, my prayer is for you dear reader. That you may know Christ and the riches of His grace toward us who believe. That you may prosper in the calling wherein you were called. That you would be in good health. That your heart might be full of rejoicing. That your character might be molded and shaped by the Spirit of the Almighty God. That you might be renewed in the spirit of your mind. That you might come to know the faithfulness of God in Christ Jesus. That your life might show forth the praises of God who gives to all men liberally as they have need. That your prayers may not be hindered.  That the Spirit of God might reveal to you all the secrets of His grace and mercy. That in Christ you might come to know God, the Father of us all. I pray that you might receive a foretaste of the peace that passes understanding. That you might be delivered from death. That you might receive the free gift of salvation. That you might know that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That you might know that He is able to keep you from falling. I pray that your joy may abound. I pray that you receive the gift of Faith.

I pray that God’s Almighty hand would be upon you all the days of your life. That you would receive a blessing. That you would receive His Holy Spirit. That you would be transformed, and encouraged, and thankful. That you would receive a new heart, a new desire, a new passion in Christ. That you would receive the love of God.

My prayer for you today is a never ending prayer…In Christ Jesus…

 

 

Seasons of Life Tuesday, Nov 7 2017 

Seasons of Life

A Time for Everything

3 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every [a]event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

Righteous
1. A time to give birth
2. A time to plant
3. A time to laugh
4. A time to embrace
5. A time to search
6. A time to keep
7. A time to love
8. A time for peace
9. A time to speak
10. A time to sew together
11. A time to gather stones
12. A time to dance
13. A time to build up
14. A time to heal

Wicked

1.       A time to die

2.       A time to uproot what is planted.

3.       A time to weep

4.       A time to shun embracing

5.       A time to give up as lost

6.        A time to throw away

7.        A time to hate

8.       A time for war

9.       A time to be silent

10.   A time to tear apart

11.   A time to throw stones

12.   A time to mourn

13.   A time to tear down

14.   A time to kill

 

God’s Gift Wednesday, Jan 4 2017 

When a person gives a gift to someone they don’t expect to be paid for it by the receiver of that gift. That is what the word gift means-something given freely. At Christmas time, we all get great joy out of giving gifts to our children and grandchildren and watching them open up their presents and enjoying them. They can only open one gift at a time and play with one toy at a time. We don’t expect them to open up everything all at once but we wait for them to check it out, see how it works, what they can do with it. Sometimes, children will even start playing with the box that the gift came in and get great enjoyment out of it.

But God gives gifts to us that keep on giving.

Let me show you what I mean.

Remember the woman at the well? 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Remember what he spoke to his disciples after he was resurrected? On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Remember what Paul told the Romans? 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.

Remember what Paul told the Ephesians? For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

Remember what Paul admonished Timothy? 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.

And-For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

So far we see that the gift of God is actually multiple gifts: living water, baptism of the Holy Spirit, eternal life, faith, salvation, spiritual gift, boldness, power, love and self-discipline.

In Hebrews we learn that the gift of God can be shared and tasted: It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen[c] away, to be brought back to repentance.

In James we learn that he had planned to give us his gift from the very beginning: 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

In Peter we learn that God has a purpose in giving us gifts: 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

In John we learn God gives us peace: 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

So now we know that in addition to all the other gifts, he has also enlightened us, shared the goodness of the word of God, shared his power, given us every good and perfect gift, truth, grace, and peace.

The most precious gift of all was the gift of his Son, Jesus by whom we have access to the Father through his blood. Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

God’s Seed Monday, Jan 2 2017 

Have you ever wondered how a little seed becomes a great big tree? Or how deep the roots go down into the soil?

For many years, I grew a garden and even now, I have a few grow boxes in the side yard for tomatoes and herbs. I grow a few flowers including marigolds.  At the end of each season when I pull up the stalks, I harvest the marigold seeds from the dried pods on top. You hold the base of the pod upside down between your thumb and forefinger and twist.  It pops open and gravity brings a shower of seeds out. Each pod contains many seeds.

It always amazes me how many seeds I get from each plant.

That is how God’s word is when you don’t just read it but you dig a little deeper into scripture references, meanings of words, and looking up the Hebrew meaning of names and places; it is amazing how much you can get out of each scripture.

If you take the time to highlight key verses that speak to your heart and memorize verses you can use later as weapons against the attacks of the enemy; then you grow spiritually.  Your harvest becomes peace and joy and love.  The mysteries of God are revealed day by day continually season after season.

2 Corinthians 9:10-15

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

 

God’s Balance Monday, Dec 26 2016 

God’s Balance

Psalm 103: 14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.

It is a wise man who learns that the foundation of life is love. Without knowledge; there can be no joy. Our faith yields a bountiful crop of peace. Healing comes through patience. The most miraculous power on earth is kindness. Prophecy is the cornerstone of goodness. Faithfulness brings the gift of distinguishing of spirits. Speaking in tongues is the epitome of gentleness and their interpretations are brought through self-control.

Psalm 103: 19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

For every fruit of the Spirit there is a gift. God is the ruler of them all. He distributes them as he wills.

You have heard of the “balance of nature” and how delicate it is on earth. With God, that balance expands to the bounds of heaven.

Isaiah 40:The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40: 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,
or instruct the
Lord as his counselor?
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
or showed him the path of understanding?

If you are always thinking you need to put your own finger on the scale then you’ll never receive God’s best for you.

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