Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Son and the sons


Tomorrow is Christmas and the Christmas message is found in so many places in the Bible. God gave  himself as a gift to the sons of Adam. The gift was to exchange the life of Jesus Christ to pay for our sins and with the exchange we are changed into the adopted sons of God. Jesus Christ came as a human baby, born of a virgin. He died to pay for our sins and is risen to eternal glory. All we must do is to receive Jesus and be made free from the curse of sin and death and hell. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost and yet there is a dividing, for not all will come to him. Some refuse him from stubborn pride, some refuse because they cannot believe that they can be made clean and whole. Others are made as enemies of God choosing the way of satan: to steal, to kill and to destroy. They live by a lie. The laws are made to channel people toward obedience to God. 

Gal 4:1  I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 
Gal 4:2  but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 
Gal 4:3  In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 
Gal 4:4  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 
Gal 4:5  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 
Gal 4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 
Gal 4:7  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. 

We must receive the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
In Jesus, we are changed, filled with the Holy Spirit and sent forth.  As his disciples, we become channels of blessing and salvation to the seekers of truth. Wise men seek him.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful for friends and family


We used to have family gatherings with my brothers at my folks house. When they died and my oldest brother died, we no longer get together. Sometimes the gatherings were not so smooth, with someone getting drunk or the lack of concern for each other. There is no family like the family of God. My friends love the Lord. My immediate family are Christians. 

My wife Faye, is looking forward to having my son and family visit this afternoon. They asked if she could be put in a wheelchair in the living room instead of her bedroom. She is in good spirits and the turkey is in the oven, I am thankful for Jesus my savior. I am thankful for my family, the family of God. There is no strife when we come together.

Pro 17:1  Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. 

I love the peace that comes from the Holy Spirit. Even being alone with a crust of bread can bring peace and thanksgiving. My good friend Earl died two years ago. He would sing his mother's favorite hymn; Never Alone.


I’ve seen the lightning flashing, I’ve heard the thunder roll.
I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, which almost conquered my soul.
I’ve heard the voice of my Savior, bidding me still to fight on.
He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone!

Refrain

No, never alone, no never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
He’ll claim me for His own;
No, never alone, no never alone.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

When in affliction’s valley I tread the road of care,
My Savior helps me carry the cross so heavy to bear;
Though all around me is darkness, earthly joys all flown;
My Savior whispers His promise, never to leave me alone!

Refrain

No, never alone, no never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
He’ll claim me for His own;
No, never alone, no never alone.
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bearing your burden


Mat 23:2  Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Mat 23:3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Mat 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 
 
Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Gal 6:4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
Gal 6:5  For every man shall bear his own burden.
 
 
For those under a heavy burden I point you to Jesus who cares for you and carries your burdens. I offer my love and sympathy, pointing you to Jesus. The Pharisees knew the word, but did not do anything to help anyone. In truth we often speak words to encourage others but in the end we must bear our own burden. We are to give it to Christ Jesus. There is one intercessor between man and God; Jesus our advocate and Great High Priest. We cannot work to please him, but we are to trust in him. He is our burden bearer and deliverer. Thank you Jesus.
 

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
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.  

Walk on, bearing your cross, trusting and obeying him.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fear the sword


Job 19:29  Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment. 

I see this as the sword of God's judgment.  We have read that those who live by the sword, shall die by the sword.

Mat 26:52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

What we should fear is the wrath of God or the judgment of God against evil doers. To fear God is a just and righteous act. To take up the sword, to use force to achieve an ungodly purpose is setting yourself up for the judgment of God. It may not be directly from God, as a fire from heaven, as in the final war against God, but those who sin are actually warring against God. They may die by the sword of their enemy as a just punishment. Or they may cry to God for mercy as David did after his transgression with Bathsheba.

Psa 51:2  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 
Psa 51:3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 
Psa 51:4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 

David received mercy from the LORD but the results of his sin played out in his family. We have eight years of Obama and now it appears that his legacy will be erased by a new conservative law abiding change of government. The ten trillion dollars of additional debt still stands and it is predicted that the dollar will crash because of this heavy debt. The results of sin cannot be entirely erased. Sins have consequences.

Coming to Jesus for forgiveness of sins will cleanse you in God's eyes. The results of your sins may still affect your children or those who were affected by them. What you sow you will reap. 

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 

So seek God to do his will and receive Jesus as your savior. An eternity in the presence of a loving God is your reward. This is the undeserved grace of God. Thank you Jesus.






Tuesday, November 1, 2016

No False Gospel


Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 
Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Gal 1:11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Gal 1:12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

The gospel of Jesus Christ: Jesus, the Son of God,  came from heaven to be the way to God. He gave his lifeblood on the cross to pay for our sins. By faith in him we receive forgiveness grace to become the children of God. Buried with him in baptism, we are raised in new Spiritual life with him. We are born again. We walk in the spirit and are not under the power of the flesh and the devil. Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world. Keep the faith for Jesus is the only way to the Father, Almighty God.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
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.
 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Preferring the old way


Many of those who are mature in the Lord prefer some of the old things. We like the old hymns better than the new. Many prefer the old hymn books, the organ, the old fashioned altar in the church. We prefer the old time preaching warning of sin and hell. Much of what is in churches today has strayed from the preaching of the gospel. Some have not strayed from the old ways. One local church has as it's motto a verse from the prophet Jeremiah.

Jer 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 

For some, change is difficult and resisted, preferring the old ways. Let us prefer the way of truth and righteousness by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luk 5:37  And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 
Luk 5:38  But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. 
Luk 5:39  No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. 

The religious leaders of the Old Covenant preferred the old wine, for it made them intoxicated and the Scribes and Pharisees were intoxicated by their positions of power to accuse and to kill.  Jesus did many good works and miracles. but they did not understand him, nor did they see him as he was; the Messiah, the Son of God. Perhaps they saw him but refused to accept him because of jealousy.

People resist change, preferring the old ways. Some called the "Judaizers" tried to mix the old wine with the new. They wanted people of the new covenant to be circumcised as was the law of Abraham and Moses, but salvation in Christ Jesus is not by works, but of faith. Circumcision was not of the flesh, but it was of the heart. We are to seek the "good way", we are to walk in the Spirit. The "law" people try to force the believer into a way that is not the way of God's grace. They seek to place people under bondage to laws of their choosing.

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 
Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 

The new covenant is not against the laws of God, for Jesus fulfilled all the laws, even circumcision, so that by faith in Jesus we are free from the guilt of breaking laws. The old covenant showed us our sins, our missing the perfect law of God ,but sin brought death. Jesus brought life by his shed blood so that by faith in him, we are saved from the punishment of our sins. He took our punishment upon himself. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul and making my spirit alive in you. Let us partake of the new wine in your New Covenant and walk in the best paths.



Monday, October 24, 2016

Seek Proof


2Co 13:3  Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 

Because of the influence of false teachers, some in the church at Corinth were thinking that Paul was not an apostle sent from God. They were questioning him, accusing him of not being the real thing. 

In today's world of Christianity we see many kinds of churches. Some are rich and prosperous and man centered. Much of what is taught in them is motivation for success, but not necessarily from God's word. Many have big names, and have a big following by teaching to itching ears, telling the people what they want to hear. There are some word churches that teach the word of God. They are cautious towards strange preachers, examining them by the word of God. This is as the church of Ephesus in Revelation. Jesus spoke to them that they had left their first love of him. They were swift to judge but slow to love others. 

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 

Paul goes on to say that the church should examine themselves before examining others.

2Co 13:5  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? 
2Co 13:6  But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 

Paul was concerned for souls, not seeking personal glory. If Paul seemed to be as a reprobate to them, it is on Paul. They need to be sure about their own salvation.

2Co 13:7  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. 
2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 

We can do nothing but the truth. The word of God is true and Jesus is the truth; the way, the truth and the life, so walk in the light of God's truth.

Rom 14:4  Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 

There are some who make a ministry of finding fault with every preacher or teacher. My advise to them is to look twice at their own heart before making judgements of others. I was warned in a dream about being to quick to judge another person. We all have faults so we should seek to bring life and truth with love. Love is stronger than anything we can do or say, as in 1 Corinthians 13. We are to keep our eyes on Jesus, our first love.