Saturday, September 20, 2014

Green Fruit

We have a large Almond tree in our front yard that is competing with a redwood tree for light. Some years there are very few almonds, but this year the tree looks loaded with them. I remember the early years when we first began our Internet ministry on AOL. There were hundreds of people led to the Lord. A great harvest; some fruit was not yet ripe, but we gave them the way. 

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

Anything may happen between now and the harvest. Squirrels come, weather may yet damage the crop. This is a drought year for California, so the trees are not as well watered as they could be. It is a joyful feeling when the fruit of salvation is given. Some continue with us, others go out in the world bearing more fruit.

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 
Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 
Mat 28:20  teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. 

The heavy branches break off when a wind comes. This branch almost landed on my truck.

The almonds are almost fully grown but they are green inside and watery, no good to save.

A long view showing the truck at the bottom shows how big this tree is. I was thinking of this tree branch as a minister, a person serving the LORD with a potential to yield much fruit. Too often the fruit does not ripen for a good harvest because the person gives up. He is broken off the larger tree that gives the fruit, he withers and is no longer in service. This should not happen.

John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. 
John 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 
Jonh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 
John 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; and so shall ye be my disciples. 

Stay the course.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Seek the LORD first

Isa 55:6  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 
Isa 55:7  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 
Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 
Isa 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
Isa 55:10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 
Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 
Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 
Isa 55:13  Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. 

Seek the LORD while you still can. He is coming soon and you do not want to be left behind, for when he comes to earth he comes with an iron rod to judge the unrighteous. Every word in the Bible is put there for us and they all are important. Men have words, thoughts, dreams expressed, but they must be in agreement with God's word if they are to prosper. His word, from His mouth, the word of God in the Bible when it is spoken, it shall prosper, and it shall accomplish that which the LORD pleases. The LORD is good and holy and righteous and the judge of all. When the Lord returns to the Mount of Olives a valley shall be formed, new landscaping, living waters shall flow and the curse will be removed from the earth, with the devil and his evil fallen angels bound for a thousand years. There will be peace on earth, " For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Let us clap our hands for the Lord, seeking him with all our heart and we shall read his perfect word and pray. Lift up holy hands and be received by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Honest Ministry

The Ministry; Honest , not deceitful

2 Cor 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Cor 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

"craftiness" -- unscrupulous conduct

In these last days there will be many drawn to preachers with smooth words, but who speak from their own thoughts, twisting the word of God. It may be that preaching sound doctrine will not draw crowds, but it is  those who are spirit filled and who feed on the word of truth, that will be triumphant in the last days. Times will be distressing, so we need to stay connected to Jesus, even if our way of life is interrupted. I renounce satan and his evil works and declare that the lord Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior. I serve Jesus.

1 Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

We do not want to be under some orator, with his clever words, who casts a spell on an audience like the man in South America who claims to be Jesus. He preaches that there is no sin, no devil, no hell. People without spiritual discernment follow him, enriching him with money and expensive possessions, but his power is not of God. Jesus paid the price so that we would be delivered from sin's punishment and we are given power from God to be his witnesses.

Luke 24:46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 
Luke 24:47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luke 24:48  And ye are witnesses of these things.
Luke 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. 

1 Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Paul spoke the gospel, in truth by the grace of God. If we are in the Lord's leading, we do not wear out. Remember that we are yoked together with Christ, he being the greater. He is our good shepherd, we follow him, not pulling in our own direction opposing him. His mercy comes in obedience, his grace comes for salvation (by grace are we saved) and more is given to us as we serve him.

2 Cor 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of

"gospel" -- good news

2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

People believe foolish things to avoid the voice of their conscience. They invent a chance evolution when the Bible teaches that God is the creator of all. If all is by chance, then there is no accountability to a righteous God; you're OK, I'm OK, we do what we want. No, no, no, God has a better way, a way that we shall go in. Jesus is the way of forgiveness and a new life. There is no other way. God is creator, we are not to be creating our own way when God has provided his son, Jesus, to bring us to himself, free of sin and guilt. (John 14:6)

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

2 Cor 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
It is upsetting to me when a preacher holds up the Bible and says, "this is what we believe, we believe the word of God, then he proceeds to say things from his own mind and thoughts, maybe using a verse out of context, to fit his own thoughts. Hundreds of words pour out of his mouth, but rarely is it the word of God. The devil is pleased with this sort of preaching. Do we want to please the devil and the sinful hearts of lost people? Be as Paul who said from God, that we are not to preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. We are to be His faithful servants.
The gospel from Jesus:
John 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.
The gospel witness of Peter
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Acts 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
Acts 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly;
Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
The gospel spoken by Paul
1 Cor 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1 Cor 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Cor 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Cor 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1 Cor 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1 Cor 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1 Cor 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

2 Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Let the light of God shine through you.
Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are to continue to shine
Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
We are to be in close fellowship with Jesus, face to face. We are to know him, hear from him, pray to him and to do what he has given to us to do. Anything of value that we do is because it is his power and grace working through us.
1 Cor 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;
1 Cor 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1 Cor 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.