Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spiritual wealth


Act 3:6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 
Act 3:7  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 
Act 3:8  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 
Act 3:9  And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 

Peter gave the lame man a great gift; the healing of God. Not many have the gift of healing, but the Spirit of God in every born again believer does meet needs. We love God and His love flows to us to be given out to others. There are many lonely people that need a touch of God. Perhaps he can touch people through our fingers and our words?  

I visited the local Senior Center today. There were almost a dozen people there. It was Valentines day and as I talked to the people, I learned that most were living alone and needing to be with another "alive" person. Most of the people through conversations I learned were Christians. It is good to be around other people, and even better is the fellowship with others of the family of God. Hey? I even got a hug from an older sister in the Lord; how special is that? 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DAY OF ATONEMENT


Lev 16:34  And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.

My calendar has on it "the day of atonement", the day is still a holy day for the Jews, although they have no temple to make a sacrifice for their sins.

When AOL was the portal to the Internet I would talk to many people in the chat rooms and on Instant messages.  Through these encounters many were brought out of bondage in body and in soul. Human trafficking has been a sin going on in our nation that many know nothing about. Runaway kids are being captured and forced into prostitution. For a few years our ministry helped many young women and men to escape bondage. One young lady who was freed, was a Jewish girl. Not by accident, the day of her freedom from bondage was on the calendar "Day of Atonement".  Isaiah spoke of setting captives free and Jesus in his ministry spoke that through him, this prophesy was fulfilled.

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 
Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 
Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. 

The freed men and women were cared for and given the word of God. Most everyone who was freed also believed in Jesus for the atonement for their sins. Many found jobs and were restored to personal freedom. Those who continue, being filled with the Holy Spirit are the adopted sons and daughters of God.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 





Sunday, February 4, 2018

STRANGE FIRE


Lev 10:1  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 
Lev 10:2  And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 

Nadab and Abihu had barely entered their ministry as priests when they made a fatal mistake. They were to enter into the holy place of the sanctuary with fire from the altar, but they made their own fire another way, denying the holy way authorized by God. My first thoughts were that this could be applied to a lot that is happening in the name of God today. People who make their own doctrines, could be strange fire. The over whelming thirst for the "supernatural" has opened up things that are not of God to the naive seekers. Trickery, slight of hand, smooth talking messengers with their own thoughts of success and prosperity. Just as in the time of Jesus, many followed him to see the miracles and to eat the food, but they did not know him or wish to follow him in difficult times. Today we must follow truth by first trusting Jesus as Lord and savior and being filled with the Holy Spirit of truth. By the spirit are signs and wonders and discernment to know what is truly of God. The Spirit isn't necessarily an emotional frenzy, he may bring quiet and peace as well as joy and yes,  long suffering. May we serve him in holiness.

Eph 4:22  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 
Eph 4:23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 
Eph 4:24  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Stirred up to work


Exo 36:1  Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded. 
Exo 36:2  And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it: 

The work was to build the sanctuary that Moses had been given the design from the LORD. The building of all that would make the sanctuary where the presence of God would dwell with man was to be built according to the Master's design. Wise hearted men were called, men of wisdom and understanding from the LORD. Those who God by His Spirit had gifted with wisdom, knowledge and skills. These were known gifted men to do the service of building the sanctuary, but there were others too. Included with the wise and skilled were those who the LORD stirred their hearts to come unto the work to do it.

If you are a member of a local church you probably have heard of work days. A time to do work around the church building, perhaps trimming plants or painting or maintenance. All are welcome to come, all that the LORD has stirred up to help.  There are spiritual needs of the church as well. It is a place of worship, so gifted skilled musicians are needed with a heart given to worship.. The pastor should be chosen of God, filled with the word of God in all wisdom and knowledge. Leaders in the church are anointed by God for service. Those who are not sure where to serve, but who are stirred up for service, these should make themselves available. If the Lord has called you, then he will equip you to fulfill the need. 

A final thought. Often we see things that are needed in the church, but instead of meeting the need, we complain that something needs to be done. Do not complain. If the Lord shows you something and he has stirred you up, then make yourself available. Sometimes the service is outside of the church: rest home ministry, visiting the sick, prayer and many things that are important to the Lord. Are you being stirred up for service?

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Obey God


Exo 19:4  Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 
Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 
Exo 19:6  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 
Exo 19:7  And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 
Exo 19:8  And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. 

The LORD desired a covenant people who would obey him. He would then have them as a peculiar treasure unto himself. How many of us think of being a treasure for the LORD? We usually seek him for treasures of this world and blessings. He requires that we obey HIM. He knows what is best for us and obedience is the way of HIS blessings and better yet, that he may treasure us. Even though we who are Gentiles are not under the covenant to Israel, under the New Covenant we are God's treasure. He gave his only begotten son on a cruel cross to purchase us back from the devil. He loved us before we loved him. Now we respond to him in obedience and our life is in his hands. We are treasured as his adopted family. Obedience will make us a peculiar people apart from the world. The world has become perverted and we are called to be pure through faith in Jesus Christ. He paid for our salvation and eternal life. To follow him we must obey him. A final thought; put aside our hurts by forgiveness. Hurts can lead to a bitter heart and a bitter heart leads to rebellion. The LORD spoke through the prophet Samuel to King Saul.

1Sa 15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 
1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 

Obedience brings God's best life to us but, to rebel brings to us the spirit of witchcraft. Do we want to be controlled by an evil spirit, spirits of the devil?  See how important obedience is? Let us put aside  rebellion and obey the LORD. Who are we serving? A rebellious spirit serves self and the devil. An obedient spirit obeys God as a chosen son of God. We are to be like Jesus. To act apart from him is sin. In the Millennial kingdom, we who follow and obey Jesus will be kings and priests to the most high God. We are his spiritual born again people who have followed him in obedience to the very end of this age.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Christ Crucified for our Salvation


Act 2:36  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Act 2:37  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Act 2:38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 


Act 4:10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Act 4:11  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Act 4:13  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 


1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
1Co 1:25  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1Co 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 


1Co 2:1  And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
1Co 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1Co 2:3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 


Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Gal 3:2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 3:4  Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
Gal 3:5  He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:6  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Gal 3:8  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Gal 3:9  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 


Gal 6:13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 


Born Again of the Spirit of God 


Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son 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. 


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Hittite


Israel, spoke to his son's before he died concerning his burial place. He did not want to be buried in Egypt, but requested to be buried in the promised land with his fathers.

Gen 49:29  Then Israel gave them a command. He said, "When I die, I want to be with my people. I want to be buried with my ancestors in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite. 
Gen 49:30  That cave is in the field of Machpelah near Mamre in the land of Canaan. Abraham bought that field from Ephron so that he could have a burying place. 
Gen 49:31  Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried in that cave. Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried in that cave. I buried my wife Leah in that cave. 
Gen 49:32  That cave is in the field that was bought from the Hittites." 

Abraham, Isaac and Israel were promised an eternal inheritance from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates river. The only land that Abraham had acquired of the promised land was a burial cave that he bought from Ephron the Hittite. I was wondering if there were any other dealings with the Hittites?  Remember Uriah the Hittite? He was the husband of Bathsheba. David had lusted after her and she had become pregnant by David. He summoned Uriah home from battle to lay with his wife, but he was more honorable, giving his allegiance to his duty as a soldier. David had him placed on the front lines and there he was killed. When David died, Solomon a son of David and Bathsheba was on the throne of a still united Israel, with his mother Bathsheba beside him. This is how a Hittite became in the lineage of the Lord Jesus Christ, the anointed son of the family of David. Jesus from Mary and who was the only begotten son of God. All of the bloodline of Adam had sinned. Jesus had no sin, having the pure blood from his Father, Almighty God.