Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Proverbs 3 ~ Trust in the LORD!

...Let your heart keep my commandments; for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life. Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 

Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 

This will bring healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your harvest; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not loathe His reproof; for the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. 
The Blessings of Wisdom
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful.

She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who lay hold of her are blessed. The LORD founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding. By His knowledge the watery depths were broken open, and the clouds dripped with dew. My son, do not lose sight of this: Preserve sound judgment and discernment. They will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.  

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you rest, your sleep will be sweet. Do not fear sudden danger or the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from the snare. Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is within your power to act. 

Do not tell your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow, I will provide when you have the means.” Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he trustfully dwells beside you. Do not accuse a man without cause, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways; for the LORD detests the perverse, but He is a friend to the upright. The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous. He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble. The wise will inherit honor, but fools are held up to shame.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Blessed Assurance ~ Jesus is Mine!

So many Christians struggle with - why do bad things happen to good people and or why do some get healed and others don't. Here is the answer. There are two kinds of people in this fallen world: those saved and those unsaved. Those who are saved will and do suffer and some get healed while others do not; but, they know why and what for. Those unsaved just suffer and haven't a clue why or what for. In their view, if/when someone is healed or is unhurt...its just dumb luck or a good doctor.

You see, the saved differ from others, God's grace alone makes them differ. In this preventing, effectual, distinguishing grace, he acts as a benefactor, whose grace is his own. None have deserved it; so that those who are saved, must thank God only; and those who perish, must blame themselves only, Hos 13:9. God is bound no further than he has been pleased to bind himself by his own covenant and promise, which is his revealed will. And this is, that he will receive, and not cast out, those that come to Christ.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Try being still this year... know that He is God!

In Western culture, its all about 'doing' rather than just being. People always ask, "So, what do you do"? Now, if you said, I worship the Lord but most of the time I am still knowing that He is God...would you have answered their question? No! Its too bad that we don't apply scripture, the Word of God, in our lives... ~ Be Still and know that I am God ~ Psalm 46:10.

New Living Translation
"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world."
English Standard Version
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Berean Study Bible
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted over the earth.”
New American Standard Bible
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
King James Bible
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Christian Standard Bible
"Stop your fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth."
Contemporary English Version
Our God says, "Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honor me."

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Message of the Cross

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe ~ 1 COR 1:20-21.

Questioning ourselves is of great use in every part of the holy life. Let us be more frequent in this, and in every thing take occasion to discourse with our souls. As places of worship cannot be built or maintained without expense, it may be proper that those who contribute thereto should be accommodated accordingly; but were all persons more spiritually-minded, the poor would be treated with more attention that usually is the case in worshiping congregations. 

A lowly state is most favorable for inward peace and for growth in holiness. God would give to all believers riches and honors of this world, if these would do them good, seeing that he has chosen them to be rich in faith, and made them heirs of his kingdom, which he promised to bestow on all who love him. Consider how often riches lead to vice and mischief, and what great reproaches are thrown upon God and religion, by men of wealth, power, and worldly greatness; and it will make this sin appear very sinful and foolish. The Scripture gives as a law, to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

This law is a royal law, it comes from the King of kings; and if Christians act unjustly, they are convicted by the law as transgressors. To think that our good deeds will atone for our bad deeds, plainly puts us upon looking for another atonement. According to the covenant of works, one breach of any one command brings a man under condemnation, from which no obedience, past, present, or future, can deliver him. This shows us the happiness of those that are in Christ. ~ A Mathew Henry Commentary

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Carry each other's burden...

Brothers/sisters, if someone is caught in a trespass/sin, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry one and other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives him/herself ~ Galatians 6:1-3. 

Yes, Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. 

This is truly the biggest problem for Christians especially here in America. We want to be liked and so when someone appears to 'not be' liked, we stay away. We don't want to associate with the 'wrong crowd'. We think that those people are not and should not be liked because they did something wrong - they sinned. Its not us, but them. 

We are liked and saved because we are righteous, right? Of course, we don't sin/do wrong. In that false assumption, we fail as Christians... we fail to recognize our fallen state and we fail to be Christians as we refuse to carry one and other's burdens. We need to confess our sin to each other and help each other get back onto the right path - in relationship with Jesus Christ.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mary's Song...

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For He has looked with favor on the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is His name. His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful, as He promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.” ~ Luke 1:46-55.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Blessed Assurance...

A Living Hope ~ 1 Peter 1: 3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, who through faith are protected by God’s power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith—more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy, now that you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
The Return of the Lord ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
We do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who are without hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

Therefore encourage one another with these words.