Saturday, June 24, 2017

Who do you identify with?


Who do you identify with? Are you meek and humble and do you love the word of God?  Or are you like so many who live in a delusion and have no place for God? A world apart from God is in confusion and delusions. They welcome evil but are against that which is good. They embrace what God hates.

Isa 66:1  Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 
 Isa 66:3  He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 
Isa 66:4  I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Isa 66:5  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Isa 66:6  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. 



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Forgive your Brother



There are lots of verses about forgiveness, but this one adds repentance to forgiveness. Is this a way out of forgiving a brother if he will not repent?

Luk 17:3  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luk 17:4  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
 
 
I assume that a brother is one who is of like faith. If a brother sins against you and repents, then we are to forgive him. What if he will not repent? Repentance is required for true forgiveness. If he will not repent, then we give him to the Lord. A brother in the Lord should know right from wrong so we cannot say that he doesn't know what he has done. Pray that God will convict him and leave it with God. We are not to harbor ill feelings towards a brother. Just do not give him opportunity to sin again against you. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil Lord. If the brother is a family member who does not know the Lord, then we forgive him and like Jesus we may pray, forgive him, for he knows not what he has done. If he sins willingly, give him to the Lord and do not harbor ill will, for it will interfere with your worship. Make sure that you are not the cause of the offence. Love your brother and give him mercy. He may be unaware of any wrong doing.
 
Mat 5:21  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
 
 

In truth, we all have sinned for no one is perfect. Do not be casting stones. Forgiveness is a gift that we may give, for we have received it from God. His love we have received, so we are to give love as well.



Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Missing Gift


Pro 6:1  My son, don't make yourself responsible for the debts of others. Don't make such deals with friends or strangers.
Pro 6:2  If you do, your words will trap you.
Pro 6:3  You will be under the power of other people, so you must go and free yourself. Beg them to free you from that debt.
Pro 6:4  Don't wait to rest or sleep.
Pro 6:5  Escape from that trap like a deer running from a hunter. Free yourself like a bird flying from a trap.
 
I was given a thumb drive with 250 old hymns with parts for a quartette several years ago. Yesterday the one who gave me the music
asked to have it back. I could not find it! I did not want to take something that belonged to another, so all day the missing computer thumb drive was on my mind. I searched every important place that it could be. In the evening my daughter was off work and helped me look for the small thumb drive. I returned to the drawer that I had searched twice before and there it was, bright red, but I had overlooked it twice. I wrote an email to my friend that I would bring the drive to him at our next meeting. I did not want to be in debt to a friend.
 
Many of us have been responsible for a debt of a family member. I see this as a gift to them. Jesus paid for all of our debts of sin and transgressions of the laws of God. Jesus paid for it all and in returned gave us gifts to be used. When he returns he will reward us as to how we used these gifts. May we not have hid it and never found it, he expects a return on his investment that he has given to us. This is explained in the parable of the talents. (Matthew 25:14-30)
 

Have you lost the gift that was entrusted to you?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Heaven and a New Earth


Isa 65:17  "I am creating a new heaven and a new earth. The troubles of the past will be forgotten. No one will remember them. 
Isa 65:18  My people will be happy and rejoice forever and ever because of what I will make. I will make a Jerusalem that is full of joy, and I will make her people happy. 
Isa 65:19  "Then I will rejoice with Jerusalem. I will be happy with my people. There will never again be crying and sadness in that city. 
Isa 65:20  In that city there will never be a baby who lives only a few days, and every older person will live for a long, long time. A person who lives 100 years will be called young. And whoever doesn't live that long will be considered cursed. 
Isa 65:21  "In that city whoever builds a house will live there; whoever plants a vineyard will eat the grapes from that garden. 
Isa 65:22  Never again will one person build a house and another person live there. Never again will one person plant a garden and another eat the fruit from it. My people will live as long as the trees. My chosen people will get full use of whatever they make. 
Isa 65:23  Never again will a woman suffer childbirth and have her baby die. Women will not fear childbirth. I, the LORD, will bless all my people and their children. 
Isa 65:24  I will answer them before they call for help. I will help them before they finish asking. 
Isa 65:25  Wolves and little lambs will eat together. Lions will eat hay like cattle, and snakes will eat only dust. They will not hurt or destroy each other on my holy mountain." This is what the LORD said. 

Isaiah speaks of the Millennium and beyond to when there will be a New Jerusalem come down as an eternal dwelling place for the Lord and his people. Earth will be restored and a new earth and a new heaven will be made. We do not know the details. Jesus makes all things new.

2Co 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

He has given us his inheritance and it will be wonderful.

1Co 2:9  But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"—

Rom 8:16  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 
Rom 8:17  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. 
Rom 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 
Rom 8:19  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 
Rom 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 
Rom 8:21  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 
Rom 8:23  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 

What was promised will come about, so do not give up hope.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Finish It!


Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luk 14:29  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luk 14:30  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
 
Jesus is speaking of those who would be his disciples. He gives a parable of building a tower. First comes the foundation.
 
1Co 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
 
 
The foundation of our faith is Jesus Christ. We who are on the foundation are building together a building, the church is the building of God. Peter describes us as lively stones. The building we are building is a spiritual house. We are the temple of the Living God.
 
1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
 
 
Have you given up; have you quit? Is the building in disrepair? Are you off center, off your foundation? Return to your sound foundation and walk in truth until you are complete in the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not give up, keep going.
 
Do we lose our salvation? Are those who do not continue by going to church, reading their Bibles, fellowshipping with other believers, are these lost? For sure the devil and his people may mock you or even have you mocking the Lord which you were trusting.
 
In the parable of the sower, four sowings of seed (the word of God) were recorded. Only one sowing fell on good ground and multiplied.
 
Mar 4:3  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Mar 4:4  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Mar 4:5  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
Mar 4:6  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
Mar 4:7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
Mar 4:8  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mar 4:9  And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 
 
According to this parable only one in four continue to bear fruit for the kingdom of God. I think a lot of people allow the cares of this life to choke out the word of God. Stay in the word of fith and trust God to the completion of this life on earth. Then you will be with the Lord forever. Salvation depends on our works? No, but our works after salvation experience will show if it is the real thing.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rejoice


Pro 29:6  In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. 

An evil man is at war with himself. His conscience is against him or it may be seared and deadened by his sin. He continues on as a living dead person. The righteous man, the man who loves God and is forgiven of sins, he has a clear conscience. He can sing and rejoice even in time of affliction. Those who are forgiven of sins by the redemption and salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ are given a new clean heart. They are given the Holy Spirit with the gifts of the Spirit and they have joy.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 

We are given a choice, to walk in the spirit or to act as unsaved men. Choose life and worship God with a clean heart.

Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Php 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Be My Vision


Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

A prophet was called a seer. He was able to see and hear from God and it was to be spoken before a people. Without vision, without seeing the message of God, the people perish. Contrast not seeing God's word with those who know and obey God; Happy is he that keepeth the law. It is good to set goals, especially those inspired of God. Some seeking power, have given up godly counsel for the relentless pursuit of power and money. they may use even evil methods of lying, cheating and manipulating to achieve their goal of power. Often when they have what they wanted, they are still empty and not satisfied. It is better to seek the things of God. If we see what God is saying to us, from prayer and reading his word, we keep our souls in touch with the living God and we do well.

Pro 11:17  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 






Friday, April 28, 2017

Life Givers


John 5:21  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 
John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 
John 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 
John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 
John 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 
John 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 
John 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 
John 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

1Jn 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

Jesus explained that the life that he has as a human son of man was given to him by his Father in heaven; God the Father. He also was given eternal life which he had with the Father from the the beginning of creation and this eternal life is a life giving spirit that he gives to those who believe in him. This life was secured for us by the removing of our sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross and his rising again to new life.  By receiving eternal life and by this eternal Spirit we who are in Christ can bring others to this eternal life from God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord our master and redeemer from death to new eternal life with God the father and  His only begotten son, Jesus.


Some think that Jesus was not God because he was born a human. He was the last Adam, a life giving spirit. The first Adam sinned and brought death to all mankind. The last Adam had no sin and brought life to all who would believe in him. Jesus is one with God the Father. One Spirit of the Eternal God, for God is Spirit.


1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 

Jesus has a soul and spirit and so do we. He identified with us having lived among us. 


Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Jesus was the firstborn of a new creation of spiritual humans. We who trust in Jesus are the adopted sons of God.


2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 
2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 
2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

Just how wonderful and glorious this is. Have you come to Jesus? Just ask him now to be your Lord and Savior.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beulah Land



Isa 62:1  For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
Isa 62:2  And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
Isa 62:3  Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Isa 62:4  Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:(H1166) for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. (H1166)
Isa 62:5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. (KJV)

The Hebrew word translated Beulah (H1166) is the same word for married. the ESV Bible uses the word married for (H1166)

Isa 62:4  You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; (H1166) for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. (H1166) (ESV)

The ERV Bible is more a paraphrase, but it gets the message across.

Isa 62:4  You will never again be called 'The People God Left.' Your land will never again be called 'The Land God Destroyed.' You will be called 'The People God Loves.' Your land will be called 'God's Bride,' because the LORD loves you, and your land will be his.(ERV)

Beulah land is Jerusalem after the second coming of the Messiah. It also refers to New Jerusalem. (Thy land shall be married to the LORD). This verse ties in with the description of New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Not Forsaken


If we are one of God's covenant people; Israel or Christians, then he will not forsake us. The blood of Jesus washes away our sins and reproach. Jesus was feeling forsaken on the cross bearing our sins, so the fear of being forsaken was dealt with on the cross as were our sins and curses. He will never leave or forsake us who trust in Jesus.
 
Deu 4:31  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. 
 
1Sa 12:22  For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
 
Psa 27:10  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
 
Psa 71:9  Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
 
Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
 
Psa 22:1  To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 

Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mat 27:47  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Mat 27:48  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Mat 27:49  The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 
 
2Co 4:8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Co 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Co 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2Co 4:11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
2Co 4:12  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
2Co 4:13  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
2Co 4:14  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 
 
Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 
 

Be comforted knowing that in Christ we have overcome this world and are citizens of Heaven. He loves us with an everlasting love.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Your Confession


Luk 12:8  Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 
Luk 12:9  But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. 
Luk 12:10  And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. 
Luk 12:11  And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 
Luk 12:12  For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. 

Tomorrow is Easter, when we are to remember that Jesus went to the cross to shed his blood and to die in our place, and He arose from the grave on the third day. I confess that Jesus is my Lord and savior. Some will not come to Jesus because they are afraid of what those in the world will say. Our concern should be what pleases God. Water baptism is a symbol of our being buried with Christ and coming up from the grave into new life. Have you been baptized? This is a place to confess before men and the angels that you believe in Jesus Christ and trust him for your salvation.

Those who cannot say that Jesus is Lord may be forgiven, but if they continue in unbelief and refuse to see him as he is; the Lord and savior, then they are resisting the power of God for salvation. Do not resist God by denying Jesus and the wooing of the Holy Spirit. To receive Jesus as Lord and savior requires submission to the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit will continue with you to show you all truth and he will speak through you in times when you cannot speak for yourself. Letting the Spirit of God speak through you is to submit to the will of God. Study his word and pray and follow his Spirit so that your life will be a positive confession of the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 
Mat 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 
Mat 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 
Mat 28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 
Mat 28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 
Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 
Mat 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Knowledge shall be increased


Dan 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. 

Daniel was given  visions of the end, to be sealed in a book until the end times. The time of the end is described as many running to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
I see people restless, running here and there seeking escape. Those who come to Jesus will find their peace with wisdom and understanding from the LORD. Many others will be restless and worried. They will be running around not knowing what is coming, but having a sense that something is about to happen. Liberals will see their politically correct thinking no longer is the norm. Truth will be hated along with those who know their God. All who have faith in something are thought to be religious fanatics. Looting, rioting and lawlessness will increase. Knowledge of technology will increase making the world events known as they happen. There is no safe place to be.

2Ti 3:1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 


In all this confusion and breakdown of morality will the church be a light to the darkened world? Jesus asked a question of the church in the end times.

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
 

Some established churches will fail spiritually as they stray from God's truth. With the increase of knowledge there is more distractions of entertainment and the events of the world. The challenge is to increase in knowledge of the Holiness of God. We must stay in the word of God and pray without ceasing. We came to Jesus one by one and we increase in him personally. Gather with others of faith, but do not neglect your personal increase in the kingdom of God. Do not follow those who are going to and fro without direction. Do not listen to the false teachers. Be established and strengthened as you build your faith on the rock that is Jesus.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grayheaded and good to be alive


Psa 71:15  My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. 
 
Praise the Lord all day every day, for we do not know how many days we have left. Redeem the time and seek the kingdom of heaven first and exalt Jesus, always.

Psa 71:16  I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
Psa 71:17  O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
Psa 71:18  Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
 
 

Truly, my strength and power is from the Lord. It is he who gives me life, He is my strength and my life. The barber likes to show me old man gray hair, but although my eyes are weaker, my walk less steady, and my voice gets choked up at times, still the Lord is mighty and in him I am strong.I will  Praise his name all day long and with my horn I will make a glad noise with others praising his name. Praise the LORD Jesus lives! 


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Full of Light



Luk 11:33  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
Luk 11:34  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Luk 11:35  Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Luk 11:36  If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
 
Meditate on this verse; I love to see God's word and to bring it into my heart and yet I know also that satan would bring his demons into darkness, any darkness that I harbor in my  mind and soul. The Holy Spirit is greater than the spirits that inhabit the darkness."This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine", a child's song and a song for an innocent heart. Lord, help me to keep my heart in your light. My eyes love your beauty in creation, in your word. The world has perplexing news and darkness, but greater are you than the world. Help me to be the light and a friend to those in need.
 

We have two eyes and the light of the body are the eyes, when the eye is single, focused together on the light of God, then the whole body, soul and spirit are in the light. Beware of the wayward eye. Our vision determines our future. Have eyes of hope, spiritual vision to direct you. Lord give me your light and the ability to bring your light out to others. I love this hymn; " Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace."  Lord, in the midst of darkness I cry out the name of JESUS. You will be my light and my deliverer, you are always with me. My eternal dwelling place is with you, you are my light.



Friday, April 7, 2017

Hear the word of God, and keep it


Luk 11:27  And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Luk 11:28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
 
A woman caught up with emotion wants to bless Mary for bringing forth Jesus. He corrects her and says, "Yea rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it".  Mary was special having been chosen as the birth mother of Jesus. She had found favor with God.
 
Luk 1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
 
 
However, Jesus always existed with the Father in heaven, and the  taking on of a human form was to bless us by being the atonement for our sins. Mary can't save us, but the blood of Jesus saves us through faith. Jesus is our mediator, the Great High Priest. Our connection to him also allows us to go directly to the Father in prayer. Some pray to Mary or the Saints, but this is not in God's word. We are to hear the word of God and keep it.
 
Jesus did honor women, even those who had immoral lives and even some with demons. By his power he removed the demons and gave the least of women his care and purpose for coming. They were saved by faith in him. The woman at the well is one example; he shared his truth with her.
 
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.
Joh 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Joh 4:26  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
 
 

Hear the word of God, and keep it and tell others that Jesus is the way to the Father in heaven. As a saved soul by faith in Jesus, God Almighty is my father and Jesus is my Lord and Savior. Mary and all the saints are brothers and sisters in God's family.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reserve that wedding day


Eph 1:13 (Jesus)  in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, - in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.


When I was in business as a photographer, a big part of my business was wedding photography. When a bride to be would come to me to reserve her wedding date, she would need to know the date and time of the wedding and then put a deposit, an earnest payment to reserve her wedding date. I also would have her fill out a wedding contract so that she and the photographer would have a binding agreement as to the event.  If the wedding was canceled a month or more before the date, then the deposit or retainer would be returned to the bride.

Using this as a metaphor, when we come to Jesus in good faith, he gives us the Holy Spirit, a retainer or earnest on the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus is the bridegroom and the church, those who are born again, are given a gift, a wedding ring of sorts, a pledge, a contract, a new covenant. He purchased us with his shed blood. He loves us and wants us to be with him in fellowship with God the father. The Holy Spirit is our love connection to him. We make promises, but when God makes a promise it is true and he never breaks a promise. The contract, the covenant has been written with his blood. He promises to love us, to never forsake us and to share his inheritance in glory with us. One thing different from the wedding contract is that we do not know the date or the time of his coming. We are to be prepared
for his coming at any time.

Mat 25:6  But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.

Rev 3:11  I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no one take thy crown. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

VINEGAR


Psa 69:21  They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
 
This verse was fulfilled on the hill of Calvary.
 
Mat 27:34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
Mat 27:35  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
 
 
They offered Jesus vinegar mixed with gall a bitter drug before they crucified him. They offered him vinegar again without gall just before he gave up his spirit.  He was offered first bitterness and refused it, then later the vinegar alone was offered to him and he did drink of it.
 
Joh 19:28  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
Joh 19:29  Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
 
 
Jesus in a human body suffered for us and took our sins in his body to the cross. He had no bitterness or guile for within him was the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.
 
Earlier at the feast of tabernacles Jesus offered the people Living Water.
 
Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
 
 

Lord God may I not be full of bitterness, but allow your Living Waters to flow from my heart to others. In Jesus name, amen.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

ZEAL


Psa 69:7  Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
Psa 69:8  I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
Psa 69:9  For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
 


Compare this Psalm of David to these new testament verses:

Luk 21:16  And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luk 21:17  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
Luk 21:18  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.
 


Non Christian family members separate from fellowship with those in Jesus. Being a Christian is not a popular thing at this time in our nation. I see atheists removing crosses and religious words like the ten commandments from public land. They should not get away with this. Our nations capital has many scriptures written on walls and monuments including the ten commandments, because we were a religious people; Jews and Christians serving the same God. Islam was never a part of our heritage. Progressives have removed God and the Bible from public schools and replaced them with humanism and godless evolution. Women's rights are nothing more than taking the life of babies in the womb. Humanist morality has allowed gay marriage to further tear down God's sacred family structure.

Joh 2:17  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. 

Jesus showed the zeal of God's house of prayer and worship. He tipped over the money changers trays and tables and set the doves free. The house of God should not be a place of greed or marketing. Many TV religious shows are just always pleading for money and selling their wares or books. This is a distraction from the holiness of God. Jesus is coming back soon. It is a time to prepare for His coming.


Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Rev 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.