Monday, August 14, 2017

Righteousness is of God


Pro 14:34  Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Speaking to the 2015 Women in the World Summit,  Hillary Clinton declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Recently Mz Clinton declared that she would like to become a Methodist preacher.  I would hope that she will study the Bible, for by it we are changed.

2Ti 2:15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 

To become a preacher while seeking to change God's word is a dangerous desire. Preachers seeking personal power or wealth only to seek their own gain are not of God. These were as the religious leaders at the time of Christ. They envied his power and righteousness and used false witnesses to have him killed. Their plans were evil, but it was part of the purpose that Jesus was sent to fulfill, that his blood be shed for our sins. Is this the kind of Pastor that we need? One that sheds other peoples blood for their own power? We need pastors who have a calling from God, a righteous calling. America needs righteousness. I believe that the LORD allowed Trump to be our president to slow the decline of America's morality. To make America great again we must seek God in prayer. His righteousness exalts a nation. He has taken our sins to the cross. He offers us his blessings and eternal life. We do not want to rely on "swamp" creatures, the creature from the black lagoon? We cannot find righteousness from those who dwell in darkness. Hold the torch, lady liberty. Our liberty is in the light of God's truth. Our greatness is by making him great again.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spirit and the Word of Truth


Is it possible to have received the Spirit and then to lose your salvation?

Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

I fell away once, but was able to return. I had the Spirit given to me but did not continue in the word. I had not partaken of the good word of God. I returned and learned the word and am living for Christ by his grace. The body trinity, is body soul and spirit. The Spirit is the first step of salvation and then the mind must receive the word, with soul and body actions being changed. A lot of old churches do outward religious things but have not the spirit of God. I think that a lot of them do not have born again pastors. They speak of world peace and love, but they leave out sin and Jesus being our savior. One church in my area advertises as being a supernatural church. This draws in a lot of young people who are curious. The supernatural is the Holy Spirit and it is a new life in Christ that is active in all aspects of life. Some things of this  "supernatural church" I do not care for. People in public places will be approached by well meaning young people and be given prophecies. I question any prophecy from a stranger, especially to the unsaved. Young people search for a "cause" to believe in. Young women run away to join Isis. Some march in feminist parades or gay pride foolishness. They need Jesus and a new heart and Spirit. Fake church and devilish causes are no substitute for the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church needs born again Spirit filled pastors and teachers. They lead by example and the LORD will increase His church.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mercy and Truth


Many think that they are good people and when they die they will go to heaven. Often they reject the concept of hell, but if there is a hell they should seek truth to stay out of that place. We do not get to heaven by our efforts, we need the mercy and grace of God. We can know the truth and as Jesus said, the truth will make you free. (John 8:31-32)

Psa 85:8  I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. 

The people here are the people of God's covenant to Israel. What of the people in general?" The people do not want to hear from God; they deny he exists, only using his name in oaths and vain talking. What about the people of the Church? Do we want to hear what God the LORD will speak, or has spoken? A voice from heaven spoke to Peter, James and John on the mount of Transfiguration. Jesus was transfigured before them and with him were Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophet.


Mar 9:7  And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 


Hear Jesus, the Living Word of God.


Psa 85:9  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

To fear God is the beginning of wisdom. Respect God, obey him, listen to him. Our Salvation comes through faith in Jesus, his Son. The will of the Father is to receive him.


Joh 6:39  And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 

Psa 85:10  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 
Psa 85:11  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 

Mercy is not receiving what we deserve. Mercy comes from above and truth has been given to us on earth by the law and prophets; by Jesus and the apostles and by the wonder and glory of his creation. People often reject the truth because they will not acknowledge God as the creator.


Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 

Psa 86:5  For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Mercy and truth are met together. God is truth. His word is true and his creation glorifies him. Mercy and grace come from truth and accepting it. The truth of God is that salvation is in his son. We come to him in truth, for he is real. Jesus spoke to a sinful woman the truth of God.


Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 

The sinful woman received Jesus and his forgiveness of sin and became a witness bringing others to him. We are grateful for the truth of God and we express our delight in Him through worship and praise. Our worship music should speak truth from the heart that does honor God. You must have His Spirit with you to worship in spirit and in truth. We should block out the negative and worship God from our heart. I love the old hymns but we also can make up songs from the heart, groanings even that the Spirit receives which are accepted as worship. (Sometimes new music makes the older folks groan, longing for the hymns that they love.)


Exo 20:6  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 

Exo 20:7  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 

We are not to turn again to folly, forgetting or refusing to worship God, we are to honor him and to walk in his truth. There is a woman in a chat room that has the name Allahpraise, or something like that. She chose to change her religion to Allah. We do not change truth. We do not pick a religion. Some believe in reincarnation, others follow a religious person or cause. We are not to study under a false teacher using the Bible to prove what they think is truth. Yes, even the Bible can be used to say something that is not truth if not taken in context and in whole. We are not to be converted by force, taught to kill those who do not believe as we do. Truth is truth and it is revealed to us by God. God is true and his Son died and is risen again to give us eternal life and the forgiveness of sins. Thank you LORD for mercy and truth; righteousness and the peace of God. By this we have the assurance of everlasting life and we shall dwell with the Lord forever.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

My Friend


Pro 12:25  Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. 

Let's try to speak words to encourage others. A friend is most precious. I am sure that the enemy speaks to you in your mind, accusing, giving you no hope. This is not the Lord speaking. He loves us and encourages us. We in his Spirit should be loving and encouraging others. Be a friend and make a difference. So much is wrong in the world, but we in Jesus are forgiven and blessed. Be a friend and know that you are my friend. We are in this world together until we are together with Jesus, forever. Can I hear an amen?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wise


Pro 11:11  Blessings from the honest people living in a city will make it great, but the things evil people say can destroy it. 
Pro 11:12  Stupid people say bad things about their neighbors. Wise people know to be quiet. 
Pro 11:13  People who tell secrets about others cannot be trusted. Those who can be trusted keep quiet. 
Pro 11:14  A nation without wise leaders will fall. Many good advisors make a nation safe. (ERV)

God blesses his faithful people and those around them are blessed, but evil people speak hateful lies. When Japan had their tsunami, the people worked together helping one another. In our nation of complainers and scorners, if we had a national disaster there would be looting from the complainers and there are many of them who would take from others. The blessed would continue to bless by helping the needy. You are known by your fruit.

Having good advisers is a help to a wise leader yet even the wise may be fooled by a false friend; someone who tells secrets or undermines your work. This is what our president Trump must contend with. He needs good advisers, but he wants to be able to trust them. There are a lot of evil people seeking to destroy what is good. We are to be a blessing, friendly, but also wise for the enemy seeks to destroy good works. Pray for our president and our nation.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Testing a godly man

Job 1:1  There was a man named Job who lived in the country of Uz. He was a good, honest man. He respected God and refused to do evil. 


In the midst of great suffering Job said:


Job 31:4  God is the one who knows what I do and sees every step I take. 
Job 31:5  "I have not lied to anyone. I never tried to cheat people. 
Job 31:6  If God would use accurate scales, he would know that I am innocent. 
Job 31:7  If I ever stepped off the right path, if my eyes led my heart to do evil, or if my hands are dirty with sin, 
Job 31:8  then let others eat what I planted. Let my crops be pulled up by the roots. 


Job was the most righteous man of his time. He knew that God was watching him and he wanted to please God. The LORD had a good word about Job while talking to the angels and satan.



Job 1:8  Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil." 
Job 1:9  Satan answered the LORD, "But Job has a good reason to respect you. 
Job 1:10  You always protect him,...


The LORD responded to satan, allowing satan to afflict Job as a test. Now no one wants their faith to be tested by pain and affliction, but sometimes we must by faith endure and go through things. This would not be the last time that satan would cause harm to God's people, although I believe that we are under God's protection when we are in Jesus Christ. One thing is for sure, our righteousness is not of our self, it is by trusting that the blood of Jesus has atoned for our sins. Our righteousness is the righteousness of Christ. Like Job before us, we trust God and seek to do Good. Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. Through all of our pain we are to trust the LORD. He will never leave us nor forsake us.


1Pe 1:5  God's power protects you through your faith, and it keeps you safe until your salvation comes. That salvation is ready to be given to you at the end of time. 
1Pe 1:6  I know the thought of that is exciting, even if you must suffer through different kinds of troubles for a short time now. 
1Pe 1:7  These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes. 


Keep going, for our glory with Christ is our enduring reward.



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Reprove Them


Eph 5:11  Have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, tell everyone how wrong those things are. 
Eph 5:12  Actually, it is shameful to even talk about the things those people do in secret. 

Eph 5:13  But the light makes clear how wrong those things are. (ERV)

Sometimes in a chatroom someone will use vile words, filthy talk and often they will use these words towards someone with an opposing viewpoint of life. People with similar viewpoints say nothing to the vile speaking person. There is no decency in this type of behavior. We are to reprove such a one. Show them that their speech is unacceptable in a public place. When reproved, the focus turns to you who have warned him of his filthy talk. Be prepared to be spattered with evil words when reproving a vile person. We are to care for their soul and also be the light in a room taken over by darkness. If they continue to bad mouth you, click the ignore button or remove yourself from their presence. Have no fellowship with darkness. We can however be friendly to those of opposing viewpoints. Be respectful and try to bring kindness to the conversation.

Psa 50:20  You sit around talking about people, finding fault with your own brothers. 
Psa 50:21  When you did these things, I said nothing. So you thought that I was just like you. But I will not be quiet any longer. I will correct you and make clear what I have against you. 

Psa 50:22  You people who have forgotten God, understand what I am telling you, or I will tear you apart, and no one will be able to save you! (ERV)

Is there is no fear of God in the land?