The Light of Men Sunday, Aug 19 2018 

The verse for today can be found in the book of John chapter 1 verse 4: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Here we have truth.

Simple.

Unadulterated.

It tells us in the book of Genesis that God said, “Let there be light.” And it also says that he separated the light from the darkness and he called the light “day”. And we find in 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

As children of God, we are children of the day.

It is because of this that we are able to reflect the truth. It is spiritually genetic. As children of the light it is just who we are manifest. Even when we do what is right and good and true, the world cannot see it. John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

They didn’t see it in Christ and they can’t see it in us. They called Him a blasphemer.

In this world you will suffer persecution because he suffered persecution. But we rejoice in tribulation. For we know the truth and the truth has set us free from the law of sin and death.

We were created in the image of God.

Here we have truth.

Simple.

Unadulterated.

In Genesis God said, “Let us create man in our own image.”

God created life. God created light.

Psalm 104

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
    you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
    he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
    and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,[a]
    flames of fire his servants.

He set the earth on its foundations;
    it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
    they went down into the valleys,
    to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
    never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.[b]

 

 

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Pie Anyone? Friday, Jul 20 2018 

The Holy Spirit gave me a big slice of this…no milk, no sweet cherries, just minced meat that went down hard. Sometimes, I’m wrong and I just have to say, “I’m sorry” and hope the Holy Spirit will heal us with it’s serving. He said, “Without this, there is no true repentance.”

Finding God Everywhere Saturday, Apr 28 2018 

Going back now to the basics let’s begin again in the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 10:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

This verse was given to me in answer to a prayer, namely, “Oh, God, why? Why must I go back to the basics?”

It has to do with our conversation. Take for instance Ephesians 4:29 29 Let no [u]unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification [v]according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Basically, God is saying, it isn’t just what you say but it is when you say it, why you say it, and how you say it. When is “according to the need of the moment”. Why is “so that it will give grace to those who hear”. And finally how is “but only such a word as is good for edification”.

First he begins with what not to do: speaking the old way, the unsaved talk, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth”. As Christians, we think before we speak. We don’t just blurt out anything to hear ourselves talk. We don’t say hurtful and unkind words to have one over on somebody. We don’t gossip. We don’t use foul language. Our speech should be different, very unlike the world.

It has to do with the truth. Take for instance Ephesians 4:25 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Second he begins with what not to do: speaking the old way, “lying”, “laying aside falsehood”. Then the new way, “speak truth each one you with his neighbor”, then why, “for we are members of one another”.

It is very difficult to have fellowship with a person who doesn’t know the truth from a lie.

Refer to Romans 9:10 for what form of fellowship: 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [a]give preference to one another in honor;

This is not something that God does for us. Take for instance 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.

We are to “put on the new man”. The new man has order and control. He is aware of what is proceeding out of his mouth. He controls it. He stops hurtful and shameful words before they ever pass through his lips.

I am speaking to myself here more than any of you.

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 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 8 Thursday, Mar 29 2018 

The Scripture we are studying today can be found in the book of Psalms chapter 119: 57-64

Psalm 119:57-64 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Heth.

57 The Lord is my portion;
I have [a]promised to keep Your words.
58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your [b]word.
59 I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
63 I am a companion of all those who [c]fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.

For we know:

Hebrews 1:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God’s Final Word in His Son

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, [a]in these last days has spoken to us [b]in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the [c]world. [d]And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and [e]upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

The Lord is our portion. All who seek Him shall not be dismayed.

Come Back to the Lord – Day 7 Wednesday, Mar 28 2018 

The scripture for today is Psalms 119:49-56

Zayin.

49 Remember the word to Your servant,
[s]In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has [t]revived me.
51 The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
52 I have remembered Your ordinances from [u]of old, O Lord,
And comfort myself.
53 Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 O Lord, I remember Your name in the night,
And keep Your law.
56 This has become mine,
[v]That I observe Your precepts.

When the world begins closing in, we are taught to ask “WWJD?”, (what would Jesus do?).

He would seek the Lord in prayer. Go to some quiet place and plead our cause.

For we know:

Psalm 27:4-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the [a]beauty of the Lord
And to [b]meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His [c]tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices [d]with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

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.

 

My Dreams-Part 2 Friday, Jan 26 2018 

The verse I would like to reference may be found in the book of Daniel, chapter 2, verse 1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

In the second dream, I was sitting in a classroom and Jesus was the teacher. At the front of the class on a TV tray was a vase that had been painted white with small tea roses all over it. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. It was that same feeling you get when you see your newborn baby for the first time.

His instruction was, I would like each of you to look very closely at this piece and be ready to tell me what you see. So, when it was my turn, I took the vase in my hands and looked at it carefully peering down into it. I was mortified at what I saw. There were hundreds of tiny cracks in it that didn’t seem noticeable from a distance. I felt heart sick because I knew that the beautiful vase could never be used for what it was intended since the water required to hold the flowers would simply run right out of the cracks.

So when it was my turn to speak, I told Him. At first, I saw a beautiful piece from a distance but the closer I looked the more cracks I saw. I felt heartsick at the thought of it.

The meaning of the dream can be found in 2 Corinthians 13:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

And also: 1 Peter 1:14-16

14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

When I was first saved and hadn’t been studying the word very long, I thought I wasn’t all that bad because I hadn’t ever killed anybody nor stolen anything. In my mind sin had levels of intensity where murder was the worst of all.

But as the years went on and I “looked deeper” into the Word. It revealed the “cracks” in me. So this was a reminder dream to stay in the Word which is able to save: 1 James 1:20-22

20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 

My Holiness Monday, Jan 8 2018 

Today’s scripture can be found in first Peter one verses 15 and 16:  15 but [p]like the Holy One who called you, [q]be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Now I am empathetic at the cringes out there of those who feel the title of this blog post is radically offensive. I can just hear the “who do you think you are?” gasps of indignation.

The verse Romans 12:3 comes to mind: For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

The devil himself will accuse Christians for even thinking that we might be able to “be holy in all your behavior.”

But “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The whole purpose for Christians is to become more and more like Christ, who is Holy, through the process of sanctification.

The verse 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 also comes to mind: 29 so that no [a]man may boast before God. 30 But [b]by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, [c]and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

To be sanctified means to be set aside for holy use.

Now the Holy One is the one who uses us for His purposes.

You know that God is a “faithful creator”.  1 Peter 4:19 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

God even creates the faithfulness in us. It isn’t ours of our own doing. We are His workmanship. It is the gift of God.

And 1 Timothy 1:12 states: 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Paul is telling Timothy that Christ “counted him faithful”.

Now let’s look at some Old Testament clues from Psalm 89: 5 The heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

There are two words within this verse that I would like to draw your attention: first notice it says, “holy ones”, plural. God has given both faithfulness and holiness and wonders. Second notice it says, “heavens will praise”, plural.

Perhaps I should change the title of this blog post to “My Holiness and Faithfulness” by God’s gift.

 

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