Friday, October 20, 2017

The affection of Jesus Christ

Php 1:8  For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 
Php 1:9  And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 
Php 1:10  so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 
Php 1:11  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Paul speaking to us by the Holy Spirit is exhorting us to be filled with the love and affection of Jesus Christ. That it may increase more and more, with knowledge and all discernment. I see this as loving  our brethren and the  good things of God and not partaking of the evil in the world. We are to approve what is excellent, and to be pure and blameless by walking in his Spirit so that at his coming we will not be ashamed. (Phil 4:8) We are to be filled with the fruit of righteousness, the fruit of the spirit which comes by and through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Gal 5:22-23.) Love God and love one another; love his good things and be separated unto Christ. Separated from the evil of the world and at unity with God and the brothers and sisters who are saved by Jesus Christ. Looking forward to eternal life through the salvation that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is heartbreaking that so many do not know this and come to Jesus to be forgiven of their sins.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Prudent Wife

Pro 18:22  He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. 

Pro 19:14  House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the LORD. 

When a married man seeks another woman, he often says "my wife does not understand me." A prudent wife is a wife of understanding. My wife was prudent in understanding, supporting, loving me and we worked together. I do not recall her ever speaking words to put down or that were unkind. A kind woman accepts people as they are and seeks to draw out the best in them. Not everything we did was together. I had my music playing and an internet ministry. She supported me in this and I was free to pursue these things. She was a proficient crocheter and was good with her hands. I wanted her to join with others in fellowship who had similar gifts. Not all are gifted the same, but all should be allowed to grow in their gifts. My wife Faye, of forty four years was a true help meet. A prudent and caring woman, a blessing to me, her family and her friends. She has left us now to be with others who have gone to be with Jesus. Their fellowship there is sweeter and truer than of this world. In Christ Jesus we are loved and have this great promise and hope, that we will be together with the family of God forever. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Kingdom which cannot be moved.

Wind, storms, twisters, hurricanes, the threat of war, missiles, nuclear bombs. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Demonic activity, protests, lack of respect for authority, all these things are signs of the last days. A child of God has the kingdom of God that cannot be shaken. Therein is the righteousness of God. 

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 
Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire. 

We are  to be conformed to the kingdom of God and his righteousness. This means that we are to do as Romans 12:1 and 2 says.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

We are to present our bodies as servants of God and to make our minds new by hearing his word so that we can know his will and to do it with a pure heart. Anything that is not of God shall be burned off in his presence, so we are to reverently fear God, and to stay in his word to know his will. We are to walk in his light by the power of his Spirit. Spirit trumps flesh. God's light and truth removes the darkness from our lives and becomes a strong presence in a sin darkened world. We see and know the truth and are to do better things because we see with the eyes of God and the mind of Christ.

We are to quit walking in your own fleshly desires and submit all to God, which is our reasonable service as the family of God.

Mat 12:48  But (Jesus) answered, ... Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 
Mat 12:49  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 

Mat 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Autumn Leaves

My wife died yesterday as the time of Autumn shows its colorful leaves that fall and return to the ground. We are as the leaves, we have our Spring and our second rebirth in Christ Jesus. Being flesh, we too have our Autumn time. The body must die but the soul and Spirit continue.

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 

Autumn Leaves

The falling leaves drift by my window

The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long

And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall
We have more to this life then do the Autumn leaves. Some of the leaves in Autumn show their greatest beauty before returning to the earth. A reborn Christian has more than these 70 plus years, we are alive with Christ.
2Co 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 
1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 
1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 
1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 
1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Living and Dying For Truth

My wife is in hospice here at home with me and our daughter.  We were advised to give her morphine for pain and to increase the dosage for comfort. My wife was asleep all the time and somewhat delusional. She managed to say, "I do not want morphine."  It has always been her wish to have her mind working and she did not  want to be knocked out which is the usual treatment in nursing homes. She is fighting to keep her mind and even to be able to crochet some, in spite of the pain of stage 4 cancer. Fighting for a clear mind. 

I see the spirit of this age succumbing to delusions and by choice they prefer the lies of evil spirits to the truth of God. The truth that has given us life through faith in Jesus who has suffered and died that through him we may be saved from sin and eternal hell. Truth seekers are a minority today and this is making the arise of the evil one that the Bible warns us of. There will be a one world government, a common 666 mark to buy or sell. People wlll worship and be controlled by the devil in the evil one who we call the Antichrist Beast, the false man of peace.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 
2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Are you willing to stand and suffer if need be for the truth of God? What is worth living for is also worth dying for.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Search Me, O God

I awakened from a troubled dream of a past problem. It was only a dream. There are enough problems that we face each day without making up new ones in a dream. I am grateful that I do not face problems alone, for the Lord is with me. We are spirit and spirit does not die. My spirit is made alive by the Spirit of God. He will not leave me. Thank you Jesus.

Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 
Psa 139:24  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! 

Search Me, O God
by James Orr

  1. Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
  2. I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
    Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
  3. Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.
  4. O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival, start the work in me;
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stand up for Jesus

Php 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 
Php 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 
Php 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 

Paul writes this epistle while in prison unsure if he will be able to come to the church in Philippi again. But he is confident that through Jesus the church will stand together in one spirit, and one mind, the mind of Christ, for the faith. Faith in what? Faith in the word of God, in the gospel that Jesus has shed his blood as the atonement for our sins and that He has risen from the grave on the third day. Sin is paid for and eternal life provided for us by his rising up from the tomb.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

God which has begun a good work in you shall continue with you until you are with Jesus. Jesus said; will he find faith when he returns? (Luke 18:8) We are not only to believe in Christ, but if necessary we may also suffer for his sake. Suffer for the truth of the gospel, not being afraid of ungodly men. We seek to save them, but some will want to do the work of the devil, to steal kill and destroy. 

Our nation has been sliding downward  and with the election of Trump, there is a window of opportunity to stop the downward slide. It will require that the church stands up for the righteousness of God together, in one mind and in one spirit. Boldly proclaim the word of God before we are silenced by law and by force. Will you stand with those who believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior?

Stand up, Stand up for Jesus
(by Bart Millard)

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
Ye soldiers of the cross; 
Lift high his royal banner, 
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
His army shall he lead, 
Till every foe is vanquished, 
And Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
Stand in his strength alone; 
The arm of flesh will fail you, 
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer; 
Where duty calls or danger, 
Be never wanting there.