Tuesday, June 28, 2016

For thy sake and for our sakes

Psa 44:20  If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
Psa 44:21  Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
Psa 44:22  Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Psa 44:23  Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
Psa 44:24  Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
Psa 44:25  For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
Psa 44:26  Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.
The LORD did not forget his people. We serve him and do not deny him ...Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. We may be persecuted and killed, we may die in battle but we do not forsake our LORD. He sent his Son to die one time for all people for all time he shed his blood, the Lamb of God who takes away our sins. This is our message to the world blinded by satan and their own lusts. The Lamb of God has taken your sins upon himself. He shed his blood for our sake and he is risen from the grave to give us eternal life. He has given us what we could not get for ourselves. He has justified us and he loves us.
Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The love of God is in Christ Jesus, and he does not share his glory with any other false prophet or false god.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Unknown Tongues

1Co 14:1  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 
1Co 14:2  For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 
1Co 14:3  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 
1Co 14:4  He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 

1Co 14:12  Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 
1Co 14:13  Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 

1Co 14:14  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 
1Co 14:15  What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 
1Co 14:16  Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 

1Co 14:23  If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 
1Co 14:24  But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 

1Co 14:39  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 
1Co 14:40  Let all things be done decently and in order. 

Tongues or languages spoken in the church should be understood by the hearer, either in his own language or if in an unknown tongue, they must be interpreted so as to edify the hearers. Speaking in an unknown tongue, words or sounds in private to the LORD edifies the speaker. The Holy Spirit speaks for you. Speaking in tongues in some full gospel churches is a sign of the Holy Spirit. Some churches forbid to speak in tongues. All things are to be in order. An unknown tongue is to be interpreted by the speaker or by someone in the church. We are to edify the church with words from the Lord that are understood. A number of tongue speakers speaking at once is confusion and a new person in the church would probably not return, it is confusion to him. Speak words to edify, not to just edify yourself. Some people are easily offended so be sensitive in the spirit and do all things in love.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The top spiritual gifts

1Co 12:27  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1Co 12:28  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
1Co 12:29  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
1Co 12:30  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
1Co 12:31  But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
1Co 13:1  If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (ESV)

Desire the higher gifts, what are they? They are listed in order: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administration and various kinds of tongues. It is the tongues speaking that are placed first in Pentecostal churches. This being the evidence of the Holy Ghost in a believer. Tongues is a gift, the least of the gifts, but it can be an evidence of the Holy Spirit. There are various kinds of tongues. I understand this to be various languages and also just a personal unknown speaking of words in prayer to speak spirit to spirit with the LORD that edifies the speaker. An unknown tongue spoken in church and interpreted can be a form of prophecy which is the second most important gift. It is the prophecy understood that is important. Gifts can be a source of pride if used carelessly. Paul shows us a more  excellent way of the spirit. The fruit of the spirit, the fruit of spiritual gifts are to be with love. Without love, the gifts of the spirit are not effective. The world points to our lack of love and calls it hate speech. We should listen to God and obey him in love. Above all we are to love one another as we love God and are loved by him.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Kingdom of God

Mar 9:1  And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. 
Mar 9:2  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 
Mar 9:3  And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 
Mar 9:4  And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. 
Mar 9:5  And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 
Mar 9:6  For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. 
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. 
Mar 9:8  And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. 
Mar 9:9  And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 

Peter, James and John saw the kingdom of God on the mount with Jesus. Jesus was translated, changed, a bright light from within glowed. Beside Jesus were Moses and Elijah. How did they know who they were? In the kingdom we will know one another.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

Peter not knowing what to do, decided to build them each a tabernacle. A voice from heaven spoke "This is my beloved Son, hear him." Sometimes I think that we spend too much time and sometimes go in debt building new church buildings, when we should be listening to what Jesus has to say. Buildings mean little if Jesus does not dwell within the hearts of the builders. Man made religious things should not replace the hearing and doing of God's will. Hear Jesus, before you commit yourself to material things, first hear from the Lord, then you will not be doing things your way that have no eternal value. They saw the kingdom of God. The kingdom is where the king resides. Now the kingdom resides within those hearts  where Jesus dwells in his Spirit. The Spiritual kingdom  are the believers, the saints of God who will dwell with God forever. Jesus is Lord of the living. His eternal kingdom is inhabited by those who are born again of his Spirit.

Mar 12:26  And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 
Mar 12:27  He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living:... 

Jesus who died on the cross in our place, has risen and he will receive all who trust in him into his eternal kingdom. Give God the glory!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth

Psa 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psa 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psa 37:6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Psa 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psa 37:8  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Psa 37:9  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psa 37:10  For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

We are to commit ourselves to the LORD, obey him, trust him, delight in him. He will fill our hearts with goodness so that our desires will be for good to please him. He shall bring our desires to pass. People try to fill their lives with things and pleasures. Still many are focused on the evil in this world, but we are to delight ourselves in him, be committed to him. He will give us what we desire and in time the evil will pass away.

Psa 37:11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

 When Jesus returns we will live on earth, a place where the Lord Jesus reigns in peace for a thousand years and then the judgement and a new eternal dwelling place will be ours, with God the Father and His Son.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

The people of God dwell in His peace in a troubled world that yearns for peace. World peace will only come when Jesus, the Prince of Peace returns. Commit yourself to him and be blessed. He is in control of our future.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Signs For The Blind

Mar 8:11  The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
Mar 8:12  And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."

In truth, there were an abundance of signs. Jesus had just finished feeding the 7000 by a miracle of multiplying the loafs and fishes. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind...but the blindness of the Pharisees was unbelief. They could be shown miracle after miracle and still not believe, by explaining them all away in their own craftiness. If you remember the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man could see Lazarus in the arms of Abraham across a gulf in paradise, but he himself was in torment in hades. He asked that Lazarus be sent to his brothers to warn them.
Luk 16:27  And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house—
Luk 16:28  for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
Luk 16:29  But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
Luk 16:30  And he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
Luk 16:31  He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"

Moses and the prophets spoke of the coming of Messiah Jesus, but the Pharisees did not believe in him when he did come. Jesus would give his life on the cross and be risen from the dead, and still most of the Pharisees would not believe even though he was risen from the dead. Will you believe? So many sources seek to discredit the Bible on the TV, the Internet and in magazines, because they are spiritually blinded, some willfully so. I believe the Bible is God's word of truth. Jesus is Lord of all and yet not all will believe and receive eternal life. I believe in the Jesus of the Bible, in him is life everlasting.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Loose Lips

Jdg 14:16  And Samson's wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee?
Jdg 14:17  And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.
Jdg 14:18  And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

Jdg 14:20  But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.
The Philistines had overrun Israel and the LORD brought forth a child named Samson, a Nazarene. He wanted to marry a Philistine woman, his parents were opposed to marrying outside of God's covenant people. The LORD allowed this for his purpose. He was to help to deliver his people. 
One reason we are not to marry a person outside of God's covenant people is that they identify more with their own people. Samson's wife manipulated him with false tears so that she could tell the answer to his riddle to her people. There are people who cannot keep a secret, yes, even among God's covenant people. I suppose all of us have said things that should not have been said. There are some who will repeat anything they hear. If you want everyone to know a secret, just tell it to this person. A friend should not be saying to others things that were said in private.
Pro 27:6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Pro 12:4  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Joy or Shame?

Psa 35:26  Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

There will always be detractors in this life. When we are doing good there will always be the proud accusers against us. The last anniversary of our online ministry, several emails came with positive words but there was one that was from an accuser. He had nothing good to say about me and my part in the ministry. I think he was a confused person, I did not know his email name, but it probably was a hidden name. Throughout the years in our chats we have had those hell bent in bringing strife, confusion and destruction. They were warned and then removed from the room. They are filled with contempt.
But, there are many others who gather for the purpose that David speaks of in verses 27 and 28.
Psa 35:27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
Psa 35:28  And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

May the LORD be magnified, for he prospers our souls. Let us praise him all the day long. Come and worship our LORD, magnify Jesus, lift him up and be joyful in his presence; we gather together for this purpose.
Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Speaking and Hearing

Mar 4:1  And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
Mar 4:2  And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
Mar 4:33  And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
Mar 4:34  But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
In public Jesus spoke in parables and those who could hear and understand were few. His disciples were taught the meanings of the parables when alone with Jesus. Knowing this, we as disciples should use parables in our teaching. We like to quote scriptures with the verse reference, but how many are able to hear and understand? In a group setting parables are used, but alone with hungry believers we should speak the powerful word of God.  Sometimes when witnessing in a group, one of satans mouth pieces will speak to distract and lead people away. We are to speak the word directly to these wolves among the sheep. The Word of God is spiritually understood. The unclean spirits will hear the powerful word and flee. We must learn to seek the spiritual meanings in our hearing and seeing. The power of God is in His powerful word.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Family Matters

Mar 3:20  And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mar 3:21  And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
Mar 3:31  There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
Mar 3:32  And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

Yes, Jesus had half brothers and sisters. His family thought they knew him, but they did not believe in this Jesus who drew large crowds,  who healed the sick and cast out demons. He even missed meals. When Jesus and his disciples had entered a house, his family called for him outside. They were trying to fit Jesus into there perception of him. I remember when I was saved and began to grow in the Lord, my friends only knew me as I was, not who I was in Christ. I believe that a born again person is not going to hell, they are forgiven of sins and seen as righteous in the LORD's eyes. However, the world sees the familiar flesh person, so we are to work outwardly our new life so that others may see Jesus in us.
Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Jesus' family tried to control him using their natural minds. Peter was chastised more than once for speaking out his thoughts, without the revelation of God. He was praised for his speaking by the revelation of God that Jesus was the Christ, the son of the living God. (Mat 16:16-19) Then he speaks from his natural mind concerning keeping Jesus from the cross and Jesus chastised him.
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Jesus did not respond directly to his natural family, but he spoke to those near him.
Mar 3:33  And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
Mar 3:34  And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
Mar 3:35  For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

So if your family thinks that you are peculiar, that is okay because our true family is the family of God. After Jesus had died and had risen from the grave, then his brothers believed in him. It may take time, but we should through the grace of God bring our families to Jesus, so that they will be saved and see clearly the spiritual things, with the mind of Christ.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

In His Presence

Psa 31:19  Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Psa 31:20  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

What a comforting Psalm. How great is thy goodness towards those who fear you, who trust in you. A worshipping fear of the LORD, a respect and reverence for the MOST HIGH GOD and Jesus his Son. Holy is your name O LORD. Greatly to be praised. Lift up the name of Jesus! He hideth my soul, in the cleft of the Rock. He is my hiding place, my safe place from all alarm. He hides me in his secret place, a place separated from the pride of man and the strife of words and warfare. He is my safe dwelling place for all time, in His presence my soul is at rest. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gideons Ephod

Jdg 8:22  Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
Jdg 8:23  And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
Jdg 8:24  And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)
Jdg 8:25  And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
Jdg 8:26  And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks.
Jdg 8:27  And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.

Gideon declined to be made a ruler over the people saying that the LORD shall rule you. It was the LORD that guided Gideon to victory over the Midianites and their allies. He asked for the golden earrings of the Midianites amounting to about fifty pounds of gold. He then made an ephod, a priestly garment and put it in his city. This ephod became a snare to the people as they were worshipping it instead of the LORD. He could have built a memorial monument, but instead made this religious garment. After Gideon died the people went back to baal worship. Will our service to the LORD leave behind faith in the true God? 

Man gets in the way with his ideas instead of just doing what the LORD says. This reminds me of Peter at the Mt. of Transfiguration seeing Moses and Elijah with the Lord, he offered to make tabernacles for them. The LORD does not need our man made religious things. 
Mar 9:5  And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Mar 9:6  For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
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.

Man made religious efforts will fail, if the LORD is God, hear him, hear Jesus and obey him. Put nothing in the way of hearing God; fancy church buildings, decorations, the latest technology may just distract from the worship of the LORD. We must hear from God and not be distracted by worldly methods and things. 

Mat 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 
Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 
Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.