Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forgive your Brother



There are lots of verses about forgiveness, but this one adds repentance to forgiveness. Is this a way out of forgiving a brother if he will not repent?

Luk 17:3  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luk 17:4  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
 
 
I assume that a brother is one who is of like faith. If a brother sins against you and repents, then we are to forgive him. What if he will not repent? Repentance is required for true forgiveness. If he will not repent, then we give him to the Lord. A brother in the Lord should know right from wrong so we cannot say that he doesn't know what he has done. Pray that God will convict him and leave it with God. We are not to harbor ill feelings towards a brother. Just do not give him opportunity to sin again against you. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil Lord. If the brother is a family member who does not know the Lord, then we forgive him and like Jesus we may pray, forgive him, for he knows not what he has done. If he sins willingly, give him to the Lord and do not harbor ill will, for it will interfere with your worship. Make sure that you are not the cause of the offence. Love your brother and give him mercy. He may be unaware of any wrong doing.
 
Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
 
 

In truth, we all have sinned for no one is perfect. Do not be casting stones. Forgiveness is a gift that we may give, for we have received it from God. His love we have received, so we are to give love as well.



Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Missing Gift


Pro 6:1  My son, don't make yourself responsible for the debts of others. Don't make such deals with friends or strangers.
Pro 6:2  If you do, your words will trap you.
Pro 6:3  You will be under the power of other people, so you must go and free yourself. Beg them to free you from that debt.
Pro 6:4  Don't wait to rest or sleep.
Pro 6:5  Escape from that trap like a deer running from a hunter. Free yourself like a bird flying from a trap.
 
I was given a thumb drive with 250 old hymns with parts for a quartette several years ago. Yesterday the one who gave me the music
asked to have it back. I could not find it! I did not want to take something that belonged to another, so all day the missing computer thumb drive was on my mind. I searched every important place that it could be. In the evening my daughter was off work and helped me look for the small thumb drive. I returned to the drawer that I had searched twice before and there it was, bright red, but I had overlooked it twice. I wrote an email to my friend that I would bring the drive to him at our next meeting. I did not want to be in debt to a friend.
 
Many of us have been responsible for a debt of a family member. I see this as a gift to them. Jesus paid for all of our debts of sin and transgressions of the laws of God. Jesus paid for it all and in returned gave us gifts to be used. When he returns he will reward us as to how we used these gifts. May we not have hid it and never found it, he expects a return on his investment that he has given to us. This is explained in the parable of the talents. (Matthew 25:14-30)
 

Have you lost the gift that was entrusted to you?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Heaven and a New Earth


Isa 65:17  "I am creating a new heaven and a new earth. The troubles of the past will be forgotten. No one will remember them. 
Isa 65:18  My people will be happy and rejoice forever and ever because of what I will make. I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy, and I will make her people happy. 
Isa 65:19  "Then I will rejoice with Jerusalem. I will be happy with my people. There will never again be crying and sadness in that city. 
Isa 65:20  In that city there will never be a baby who lives only a few days, and every older person will live for a long, long time. A person who lives 100 years will be called young. And whoever doesn't live that long will be considered cursed. 
Isa 65:21  "In that city whoever builds a house will live there; whoever plants a vineyard will eat the grapes from that garden. 
Isa 65:22  Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make. 
Isa 65:23  Never again will a woman suffer childbirth and have her baby die. Women will not fear childbirth. I, the LORD, will bless all my people and their children. 
Isa 65:24  I will answer them before they call for help. I will help them before they finish asking. 
Isa 65:25  Wolves and little lambs will eat together. Lions will eat hay like cattle, and snakes will eat only dust. They will not hurt or destroy each other on my holy mountain." This is what the LORD said. 

Isaiah speaks of the Millennium and beyond to when there will be a New Jerusalem come down as an eternal dwelling place for the Lord and his people. Earth will be restored and a new earth and a new heaven will be made. We do not know the details. Jesus makes all things new.

2Co 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

He has given us his inheritance and it will be wonderful.

1Co 2:9  But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"—

Rom 8:16  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 
Rom 8:17  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. 
Rom 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 
Rom 8:19  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 
Rom 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 
Rom 8:21  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 
Rom 8:23  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 

What was promised will come about, so do not give up hope.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Finish It!


Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luk 14:29  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luk 14:30  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
 
Jesus is speaking of those who would be his disciples. He gives a parable of building a tower. First comes the foundation.
 
1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
 
 
The foundation of our faith is Jesus Christ. We who are on the foundation are building together a building, the church is the building of God. Peter describes us as lively stones. The building we are building is a spiritual house. We are the temple of the Living God.
 
1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
 
 
Have you given up; have you quit? Is the building in disrepair? Are you off center, off your foundation? Return to your sound foundation and walk in truth until you are complete in the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not give up, keep going.
 
Do we lose our salvation? Are those who do not continue by going to church, reading their Bibles, fellowshipping with other believers, are these lost? For sure the devil and his people may mock you or even have you mocking the Lord which you were trusting.
 
In the parable of the sower, four sowings of seed (the word of God) were recorded. Only one sowing fell on good ground and multiplied.
 
Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
Mar 4:7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
Mar 4:8  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mar 4:9  And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 
 
According to this parable only one in four continue to bear fruit for the kingdom of God. I think a lot of people allow the cares of this life to choke out the word of God. Stay in the word of fith and trust God to the completion of this life on earth. Then you will be with the Lord forever. Salvation depends on our works? No, but our works after salvation experience will show if it is the real thing.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rejoice


Pro 29:6  In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. 

An evil man is at war with himself. His conscience is against him or it may be seared and deadened by his sin. He continues on as a living dead person. The righteous man, the man who loves God and is forgiven of sins, he has a clear conscience. He can sing and rejoice even in time of affliction. Those who are forgiven of sins by the redemption and salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ are given a new clean heart. They are given the Holy Spirit with the gifts of the Spirit and they have joy.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 

We are given a choice, to walk in the spirit or to act as unsaved men. Choose life and worship God with a clean heart.

Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Php 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Be My Vision


Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

A prophet was called a seer. He was able to see and hear from God and it was to be spoken before a people. Without vision, without seeing the message of God, the people perish. Contrast not seeing God's word with those who know and obey God; Happy is he that keepeth the law. It is good to set goals, especially those inspired of God. Some seeking power, have given up godly counsel for the relentless pursuit of power and money. they may use even evil methods of lying, cheating and manipulating to achieve their goal of power. Often when they have what they wanted, they are still empty and not satisfied. It is better to seek the things of God. If we see what God is saying to us, from prayer and reading his word, we keep our souls in touch with the living God and we do well.

Pro 11:17  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 






Friday, April 28, 2017

Life Givers


John 5:21  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 
John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 
John 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 
John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 
John 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 
John 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 
John 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 
John 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

1Jn 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

Jesus explained that the life that he has as a human son of man was given to him by his Father in heaven; God the Father. He also was given eternal life which he had with the Father from the the beginning of creation and this eternal life is a life giving spirit that he gives to those who believe in him. This life was secured for us by the removing of our sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross and his rising again to new life.  By receiving eternal life and by this eternal Spirit we who are in Christ can bring others to this eternal life from God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord our master and redeemer from death to new eternal life with God the father and  His only begotten son, Jesus.


Some think that Jesus was not God because he was born a human. He was the last Adam, a life giving spirit. The first Adam sinned and brought death to all mankind. The last Adam had no sin and brought life to all who would believe in him. Jesus is one with God the Father. One Spirit of the Eternal God, for God is Spirit.


1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 

Jesus has a soul and spirit and so do we. He identified with us having lived among us. 


Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Jesus was the firstborn of a new creation of spiritual humans. We who trust in Jesus are the adopted sons of God.


2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 
2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 
2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

Just how wonderful and glorious this is. Have you come to Jesus? Just ask him now to be your Lord and Savior.