Wednesday, October 18, 2017

God's Mercy and Grace! ~ 1 John 4:19

Did you know that the sayings, "what goes around comes around" or "what you do (good/bad) will come back to you in equal measure," originated in Hindu philosophy/religion. Its not Christian! Jesus Christ did not give His life for our sins because he measured out salvation for only the right people who rightly measure their behavior at all times. He came for sinners!  

Jesus never said anything like that and such eastern philosophy completely violates His sacrifice on the cross. Really, you ask. Yes, really. Christ asks us to repent... He never asks us to suffer for our sin though we may. He never asked us to suffer from our mistakes or to be made righteous by our deeds/works. It is by Grace that we are saved so that no one can boast! Yes, some immature Christians think that the commandment to love thy neighbor is equal to that kind of eastern philosophy but it is not. Nor is what we read in Matthew 7:12 ... "in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you".

Firstly, to love others as yourself means just that. To treat others as you would treat yourself means just that. It is out of love for yourself that you can love others (knowing you are loved by God). It is not because you should love but because you can out of love for God and love for yourself which exists because He loved you first.

Neither of those scriptures mean that what you do good or bad will come back to you in equal measure. For what would mercy and grace be and the love of God mean to us if you had to measure out your behavior in every moment? In saying this, knowing of God's Mercy and Grace, we do not think to run out and sin. No, we think to run/turn to God when we sin. And, in doing so, we thank God for His Mercy and Grace because it is so great and beyond any and all human measure.

 We love because he first loved us ~ 1 John 4:19

The Woman Who Fears the Lord ~ Proverbs 31:10-31


The Woman Who Fears the Lord
An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1 Timothy 2:1-15

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

Many Christians today don't fully grasp this scripture; they ask, " how can or why should a woman submit like this?"  First, one must accept the social hierarchy put in place by God which serves a purpose in this fallen world which is to keep us from sin, though we sin. It keeps us from complete corruption and sets up the program for redemption and salvation.

A married woman submits to her husband as he comes under the authority of the Lord God. His wife comes under him and he 'her husband' stands for her. In the protection of him, her redemption is secured by him as he her husband treats her like the church.

An unmarried woman submit also. The only difference is that she is directly submitting to the Lord. She chooses not to and does not marry to satisfy her own ideas of single needs or preferences to be single and independent. By not marrying, she chooses a more direct and intimate relationship with the Lord God first and foremost.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Be as little children ~ Yet mature Christians!

Living to Please God

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified...that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable! ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:3...and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody! ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12.

 "Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” ~ Mark 10:15.  If we are living to please God, as read in 1 Thessalonians 4, then what about being a child? 

Aren't children dependent upon parents? Aren't children carefree, uninhibited and even naive? Yes.
And, as Christians, we can be dependent upon our Father in heaven, we can be carefree knowing that He will take care of us even in the darkest times, we can be uninhibited in our worship of the Lord and even naive in that it could bother some people.  

Mature Christians are those who feed on the meat of scripture, God's Word! They are stronger in their walk with the Lord for it. In that, they are dependent not upon themselves but on God and carefree in their trusting Him, uninhibited and naive as children who are in the world but not of it. This is how it was when you were a child... in the world but not of it.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Concerning Marriage/ Married Life ~ 1 COR 7:24-40.


In Genesis 2:15 we read that God put man in the Garden of Eden to work it, and take care of it. Then God says (v18): “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (The Hebrew word here translated as “suitable”, literally means “like opposite him” like him but opposite of him  a good description of the complementary characteristics of men and women). 

When reading Genesis, we understand that marriage was/is instituted by God so that human beings can fulfill the creation mandate. Marriage is necessary to help the human race do the jobs it is meant to do: to work, to be stewards of creation, to have children and to raise them to be productive. And so, marriage is foundational to all this human activity. This last part is very important for Christians to grasp; which is, that marriage is foundational to all human activity which is not always godly activity - Lord's affairs.

In scripture, we read - each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them into a spiritual life. What does that mean? It means that if they were married when called, they should remain married. If they were unmarried when called, they should remain unmarried.  In other words, if you feel that your first and foremost call is to serve the Lord, it is better not to marry. If you feel you can serve God (the two become one) by marrying then marry. Just remember, marriage is not self serving.

In Corinthians, we are instructed further, Paul said that it is wiser to be free from worldly concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided.

An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

Again, to reiterate, it means that if you feel called to be devoted to the Lord, you should not marry. But, this does not mean that marriage is wrong or that it is not foundational to human activity... it still is for those who want to be and choose to be married. And, that in marriage they ' a man and woman' become one and should together be devoted to the Lord God.

Thus, according to the will of God, when it comes to married life, a man leaves his father and mother and becomes one with his wife...and each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband ~ Genesis 2:24, 1 COR 7:2. 

*Additional Source ~ http://www.christian.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/biblical-basis-of-marriage.pdf

Friday, October 6, 2017

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

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one 'individual' comes to the Father except through me ~ John 14:6.

You see, the individual person is of infinite importance. God deals with, saves and judges individuals. The masses have no real essence. Only in The Single Individual can we find the ultimate and absolute truth as Soren Kierkegaard repeatedly asserted; for Kierkegaard the "crowd is untruth". That is why Kierkegaard used the subject of politics to get his point across. It is the best illustration because in politics there is only representation of the masses.

Though that seems fair, it is not perfectly or absolutely fair because in every democratic 'win' there is loss. Not every one is going to be happy or feel justified. Therefore, there is untruth even in a democratic society. Ironically, that is as fair as we can be in this fallen world. That is why, we must remember that politics emphasizes the whole, while Christianity, as proffered by Kierkegaard, emphasizes the individual before God.

Do not expect man's justice to be done...we are to wait in joyful hope that His Kingdom come!  In that time of waiting, we will produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith ~ Galatians 5:22. Our strength to do this comes from Jesus as He said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives" ~ John 14:27.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Philippians 2: 3-18 ~ May the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you...

Being at peace in the place where we are as Christ was we understand what it means to have the attitude of Christ... Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" ~ John 14:27.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.

Friday, September 29, 2017

To Live as Christ ~ at Peace in the place where you are...

Pray that His Kingdom Come! Live as Christ lived - at peace with himself and others. He was not running around trying to organize people, nor was he out trying to serve people or trying to bring about order and peace nor was He out doing things to make people believe who he was. He was always in the place where He was and all He did was be at peace in the place where He was. And, in that place He lived at peace with Himself and others. Live as He did as the Son of God, Jesus Christ and your life will be full of peace and joy!
  
Did miracles happen when Jesus was around? Yes, but He was not seeking to perform them to show Himself, He was Not out to 'socially' engineer them. They happened because He was at peace with the knowledge of who He was - The Son of God and we as Christians are Children of God!  Jesus was acting in the place where He was... acting as who He was - The Prince of Peace!

People will pipe up and say "Oh what about feeding the poor, or healing the sick, or all those things He did?" Yes, He did those things always being in the place where He was and at peace with Himself and with others! If He had bread and fish to share, He shared and many times over. If He wanted to get more rest, He calmed the sea simply by being at peace. When Martha was busying herself in the house/kitchen, Mary was at His feet in peace ~ Luke 10:41. When Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, He did not jump on a horse and ride off to save Him; He stayed where He was for two days ~ John 11:6.  Jesus came in His own time, and He came in peace.

The same story (John 4:49) of the royal officer's sick child... Jesus said, go for he/she is healed. The officer left in peace. Jesus was in the place where He was and at peace, this is how we should live... as Christ lived!

"When Jesus saw this, He was indignant and told them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He took the children in His arms, placed His hands on them, and blessed them".…Mark 10:14-16. 

This shows that as children we believe without doubt in His peace, we are drawn to it... we don't need a 'show' of it or even demonstration of it, or government mandate for it, or man-made building/ institution or organization or nation wide event to direct us to His peace! And if you do and you tell the children otherwise... you will never enter it!

"And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. “Child, why have You done this to us? His mother asked. “- Your father and I have been anxiously searching” for You. “Why were you looking for Me?” He asked, “Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”… Luke 2:47-49. Jesus even as a child in the place where He was...was at peace with Himself and others!

Practice the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ in the place where you are... and may the peace of the Lord be with you always! 
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ephesians 5: 21-33 ~ Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands


For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.

Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ephesians 4:17-32 ~ Living as Children of Light!

With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4: 1-16 ~ Unity in the Body!

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say,
“When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.”

Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Ephesians 3 ~ God's Plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who Believe the Good News!

Recalling who is the church ~ "God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself" ~ Ephesians 1:22-23.

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.

Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to every one this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. 

Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Friday, September 22, 2017

All Praise, Glory and Honor to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Ephesians 1: 3-14 ~ All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

1 Timothy 5 ~ Lessons for Godly Women


Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 

But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.

But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. 

And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to. So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.

If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.  

For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”and “The worker deserves his wages.” Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Who is and where is the church?

Firstly, before answering that question ~ Who is and where is the church.  Let us remember that God did not use a mediator when He gave His promise to Abraham! Galatians 3:20. Why do you want to go back to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. Live as Paul in freedom of these things ~ Galatians 4:9-13.

Remember that a slave woman was man's attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God's promise. But only the son of the freeborn wife could be God's own fulfillment of His promise. Isaac was the child born by the power of the Spirit. We are not children of the slave woman; but children of the free woman. 

Those who want you to keep the law are as Ishmael the child born by human effort ~ Galatians 4:23-30. Yes, and so the Lord says, " These people they are not mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me as their worship of me is but man-made rules learned by rote ~ Isaiah 29:13.

We should then ask - Who/where is the Church? The church is the body of Christ which is as one - a husband and wife united as one ~ Ephesians 5:31. And, where is the church? "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them" ~ Matthew 18:20.

"Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets at your house" ~ Philemon 1:2. "Greet also the church that meets at their house" ~ Romans 16:5.

"...a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one ~ Ephesians 5:31-32. Christ and the church are one and the same, united like a husband to his wife - one! It is not a building built by human hands...For He is not served by man-made rules and human hands ~Isaiah 29:13; Acts 17:25.

"God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself" ~ Ephesians 1: 22-23.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ministry is about feeding the flock with the Word...

As Christians, our ministry is always and everywhere before us. We are called to feed the flock with the Word of God, who was from the beginning with God and is God - Jesus Christ.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-2.

I read a blog by a Dutch PhD who was raised in Catholic Flanders. He now rejects that religion and all Christianity. It is sad because he has missed who Christ was and what He came to do. Religion is man's achievement; and thus, I can agree with this person on a couple of points including his harsh criticism of Christian missionaries in the Congo and elsewhere in the world. Missionaries in their zeal to do the works of the Lord more often than not forget what those works are and thus they end up causing more problems than they do good 'works'. 

And, that is their problem - works that man thinks he must do! Christ never demanded works from us, only that we depend on and trust in His peace, love, and rest found in His presence the Holy Spirit. In that, which is our 'work' the worshiping and glorifying of God Jesus Christ, we spread the Good News - that Through Jesus Christ (the only way to the Father) we can trust that there is and will be peace, love and rest and most of ~ eternal life! Remember, this world is passing away and all we have is to believe in Him and look forward to His Kingdom Come!

Yes, most important of all is for us to spread the Good News - the Word of God. That in the Word (not by works in this fallen world) we are redeemed, made new through His sacrifice on the cross; so that death and our sin was taken on by Him ... so that we have may eternal life in Him. 

In that realization, people will find their relationship with God not with other men ... that is secondary to a relationship with God. In their new found joy (Jesus Christ), they will in the place where they are do the works of the Holy Spirit  which is the fruit of the Spirit in us: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith ~ Galatians 5:22. And, in this way not only bring others to Christ but help the poor, orphans and widows in the place where they are by giving them the Word and those around them the Word who in their place will seek the Lord and reach out for Him and find Him.

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being ~ Acts 17:24-28.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

If Society/world puts burdens on marriage, what can you do?

What can you do? You as a woman and wife can simply serve your husband. This is a wife's greatest calling in God's hierarchy aside of His greatest commandment "Love the Lord God will all your heart, soul, mind and strength."

Submitting to your husband and not to the world/society, and not to yourself is submitting to God!
Our worst enemy is often ourselves, our own desires. Think about it. "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up... and in your marriage! 

~ James 4:1-10

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Today's Society puts weight on marriage...

Society at times seems like an oppressive weight which is burdensome to bear...

We have to pay bills, pay taxes and keep up with the Jones so that we don't cause them to lose out on building their wealth... after all, most Americans' wealth is in their private property. If you have an eye sore in your yard, your neighbor and neighborhood does too. The irony is when we take care of that eye sore, the cost of owning and living in our home goes up and it goes up for everyone!

Not that God asks us or even requires us to 'keep up with the Jones' quite often we feel it to be our duty as a citizen so that everyone's wealth is valued and thus everyone is given an equal chance at getting ahead, right? This kind of duty is NOT that which comes from the Lord but from society at large which here in the USA puts getting ahead first and foremost; don't we always ask each other, "So, what do you do"?

We tend to look at marriage in the same way "So, what do you do and are going to do for me"... its the American approach to building wealth here on earth rather than building wealth or storing up treasure in His Kingdom ~ Matthew 6; 19,20 and, 1 Timothy 6:19.

That is largely how we chose our spouse in this country. And, when our spouse appears to be letting things go, no longer attractive, no longer pleasurable or no longer willing to go along with our schemes and or ideas in terms of seeking out new alternatives to wealth building here and now we become disillusioned, we become disappointed in our choices and in our choice of mate.

That is not what marriage is about. But, in American society, this is what marriage has become about. We seek out and marry the 'right' person so that we can receive material gains. We mistakenly think that the person we choose will do this for us because they look good, have good connections, have a good job, or have good motivation for getting ahead. We are gravely wrong. Yet, society is all about the individual getting ahead and who is entitled to this and all good things with no trouble at all. 

Society is both wheat and tares and as such a mass of good and bad seed it does not have all the answers when all things fail; its answer is that you just did not do it right and what is that according to society? In our failure to do what society thinks is right, we crash under the weight of its mistaken truth.

We as Christians (wheat) know the truth because we have been given the truth which is that in Him our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are all things possible and that He alone can make all things good in this fallen world and thus as individuals and as married couples we are to glorify Him and His Kingdom... not society!  For in Him we live, move and have our being ~ Acts 17:28.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

An Exposition on Proverbs 12:23...

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright; as the heart of a wise and good man is filled with useful knowledge, civil, moral, spiritual, and evangelical. The wise takes care to communicate knowledge at proper times and seasons, in proper places, and to proper persons; adapting it to their case and circumstances, so as it may be for their comfort, edification, and instruction, and minister grace unto them; which is using knowledge "well", as the word (s) signifies.

Such a use of it recommends it, and makes it appear beautiful and lovely, decorates and adorns it. Thus every good man, out of the good treasure of knowledge in his heart, brings forth his good things seasonably, to the use of edifying; in like manner, ministers of the word, scribes well instructed in the things of God, bring forth both new and old, to the profit of those to whom they minister; so Christ, as man and Mediator, had the tongue of the learned, to speak a word in season to weary souls.
 

But the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness; their knowledge, as they take it to be, but it is no other than folly; this they throw out in great plenty, in a hurry, without fear or wit; they "babble" it out, as the word (t) signifies, as water out of a fountain; their hearts are full of it, and their mouths proclaim it.

Exposition by John Gill

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Words of Comfort ~ Words of Joy in Times of Trouble!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us ~ 2 COR 1:3-4. And, what is that great comfort? It is the knowledge that God Jesus Christ is over and above all things and holds all things together; and, in Him we live, move and have our being ~ Acts 17:28. 

This gives us the greatest comfort which is that we don't have to rely on ourselves as we learn to rely only on God who raises the dead. In Him we place our confidence and in doing so, He will continue to rescue us ~ 2 COR 1: 9-11. It is in sharing this Good News that we are also comforted!

How is this the greatest comfort? What's the point ... just words, right? Yes, and the most comforting of all words! For what is it that man can do that God cannot? God is greater than any human being ~ Job 33:12. If you sin, how does that affect God? Even if you sin again and again, what effect will it have on Him? If you are good, is this some great gift to Him? 

What could you possibly give Him? No your sins affect only people like yourself, and your good deeds also affect only humans ~ Job 35:6-8. Again, God is greater than any human being and so that is our comfort, that is our joy and that is His Glory! This is how He who is greater comforts us!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Galatians 3: 26-29 ~ in Terms of a Being a Godly Woman in His Divine Order!

In light of the last two posts about women's role in God's purpose, according to His Will, some find contradiction or think they do. They point to Galatians 3: 26-29 - So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Does this one scripture cancel out God's 'social' hierarchy which we can read about in so many other books/scriptures?  Certainly not.  You see, all the distinctions that man or society creates do not exist in our relationship with Jesus but as all are parts of one body so are roles that necessarily separate and divide. We can be assured that all those in Christ are a unified greater distinction and are yet distinct and divided by their God given distinctions and roles which serve Him and His order!

What Galatians is telling us is that each member though from an absolute object point of view are in the Body of Christ, each member is distinct and has an important function/role. Your hand has a different role than your foot and yet all work together for the same body... each must fulfill their role .

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Wife of Noble Character ~ Proverbs 31: 10-31

The previous post about Esther was to show the great responsibility of a wife, her duty and the husband's. He too is in submission as in subject to 'hupotasso' in the Greek. We see the husband's submission first yet most people don't see/recognize it. Read again Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5 and Ephesians 5:31.

A man must make the decision to submit first by taking a wife. He does this even before his wife does... and when he submits, she then submits to him (accepts the order which she subjects herself to); in this, both are motivated and or inspired to be in God's Will and in this submission together, the husband recognizes his wife of noble character and she fulfills that recognition. 

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Story of Esther... The Model for the Role of Wife!

King Xerxes had asked that his queen - Queen Vashti, be brought before him wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.

Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times and were closest to the king—

“According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asked. “She has not obeyed the command of King Xerxes that the eunuchs have taken to her.”

“Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come’...there will be no end of disrespect and discord.

Vashti was never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Her royal position was given to someone else who is better than she. The king’s edict was proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.” 

We know that Esther having won favor with the king was able to set her people free. This is the key to understanding the book of Esther and the role of women as wives. It is necessary for both the man and wife to accept her role as the owner of her husband. With this comes a great deal of trust, love, and responsibility which includes sacrifice beyond measure.

Esther understood her role. It is God's will that women bring their husbands closer to God and the purpose He has for them. One woman to one man, united until death; when her role is finished. 

Modern day women are not so different from women in the past. Look at Vashti... the 'goddess' type who only wanted to be adored from far off and to have her way. She had no interest in serving her husband but only herself. She did not take her godly role seriously or did not know it or of it. 

Woman was created to be man's helper. To help him first in every way so that he can be everything the Creator created him to be. What about the woman in all this? What about her being everything that she was created to be? Yes, what about that? 

Believe me, Esther was doing all that she was created to do, don't you see that. And, if you don't see it or believe that, read Esther again along side Genesis, Proverbs 31 or the Song of Solomon. Satan wants women to believe that they are god 'goddess' and that coming under a man is being enslaved and that women are no more than trophies to men. That is a lie. It is not from God. "Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord" ~ COL 3:18.

Wives, women are not slaves to men, agreeing to be enslaved, or beaten down, or hated; certainly, never to be harmed mentally or physically as if a lowly creature or a wild animal. Women are not lowly creatures or wild animals. In Genesis, God saw that none were suitable for Adam, so God created Eve from Adam and for him.

Was Vashti a kind of trophy? Perhaps, was she treated that way because she wanted to be seen as a trophy. Esther was not a 'trophy' like that or in the way we think. She had a heart for God and she made her husband (the king) a trophy for God's Kingdom.

For that, women/wives are to be loved and adored. Women are to be cherished as they have a great role as a wife; one that God Himself designed. "Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered" ~ 1 Peter 3:7. 

Can men/husbands reject God's order and the role of women/wives?  Yes, for they too exist in a fallen world. The best advice is to not marry but live for God. But, if one feels the need to marry then do so for God and His will! Not your will or what you think is love. If you live and marry for His will, you will live happily ever after in love and peace. 

In the bigger picture, any woman/wife as a godly woman/wife will save their people 'family; as all will respect their husbands and lead him to a closer relationship with the Creator, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things seen and unseen ~ COL 1:16.

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives ~ 1 Peter 3:1

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything ~ Ephesians 5:22-24. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her ~ Ephesians 5:25.

Book of Esther 1: 1-20
Proverbs 31

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Skip Moen ~ Sharing the Secret of the Song of Solomon 8:6...

In one of the finest love poems from the ancient past, the Song of Solomon 8:6 places sexual intimacy, passion, desire and fulfillment under the authority of the “seal.” At the conclusion of this great love poem, the woman instructs the man to “put me like a seal” over your heart and on your arm. Once we know the cultural background of this word, we see God’s view of sexual intimacy also reverses the cultural expectation.

The word translated “seal” is hotham.It describes a cylindrical piece of stone with an external carved inscription.When this cylinder is rolled over a soft material, it leaves a raised impression that establishes legal ownership over the object. Like a signet ring, the seal permanently establishes an unbreakable legal and moral bond.

There are interesting, and powerful, nuances associated with this word. First, the Hebrew word hotham is most likely a loanword from Egyptian. Hebrew has another word for “seal” that is used exclusively in religious rituals. But this loanword is associated with magic, not ritual, in its Egyptian heritage. How appropriate that it should be chosen to describe the bond of intimacy between a man and a woman. Secondly, while there are numerous occurrences of seals establishing male ownership in the archeological record, the occasions of female ownership are very rare. But that is precisely the intention of this verse.

The woman asks the man to roll her seal on to his heart and over his arm, branding him as owned by her. In perfect harmony with the context of Genesis 2:24, the man leaves behind his old life and becomes the property of the woman who loves him. He submits to her ownership. This is in alignment with Proverbs 31:11. The man places his life in the hands of the woman. He is hers exclusively, just as he is his Lord’s exclusive property.

This all sounds really great.  A wife might think that as owner she can do what she wants with her property – the husband.  Husbands might rebel, saying that if their wives are going to act like typical domineering owners they want nothing to do with this “redeemed” marriage.  Both would be wrong.  The standard is God’s ownership.  The ‘ezer must act as the substitute owner in God’s place.  What does that mean?  It means that wives are to act toward their husbands as God acted toward His people.

Yes, He protects.  Yes, He provides.  But He is also long-suffering, merciful, forgiving, gracious, loving and full of compassion.  He never gives up on Israel.  He never acts in ways that are not in the best interests of Israel.  He is eternally committed to doing everything He can to bring Israel to the place where Israel fulfills its divine mission.

Is that the way you, as ‘ezer, act toward your husband?  Are you so much for him that you will never give up on helping him become all that God has called him to be?  Or do you have your own agenda for ownership? Is your position as ‘ezer governed by holiness and compassion, or is it practiced with personal demands and desires?  When you look at your behavior toward your husband, no matter how he behaves, are you faithfully committed to God’s best for him?  Even if you have to put your agenda on the back shelf?

The role of the ‘ezer is a dangerous one.  That’s why God put it in the capable hands of the woman.  It is dangerous because it walks the knife edge of managing obedience or obedient management.  On the one hand, most wives know that with enough prodding, persuasion and persistence, they can get their husbands to do what they want.  But that is managing obedience.  God calls the ‘ezer to obedient management – being the living proof of holiness in the presence of the husband, calling him to greater self-sacrifice for his God.

The ‘ezer does not sin in her weakness.  Her sins are not due to defects.  The ‘ezer sins in her strength.  She takes her God-given capacity and power and uses it for her own purposes.  She defeats her husband.  The result is tragic – as a great many of us know.

“Lord, help me to live as the obedient manager, putting his relationship with You ahead of my agendas.  Let me bring him to the place where he is used completely by You, and I will glory in my role in making him Yours.”

*Source ~  https://www.skipmoen.com/2009/02/ownership/

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Today's Fruit Slow to and or Unwilling to Mature!

We see a growing concern for young Americans when it comes to maturity. And, even for older people who want to hang on to their fading youth. What kind of example is that in respect of maturity? Its seems more and more than fruit does not want to mature.

All ages/ levels of life require amounts of maturity. There is a point though where a higher level or kind of maturity ( knowing what is expected and being able to fulfill that expectation) is necessary in young adult and all adult relationships: marriage, family and society. More young people are waiting until they are in their late 20's or even early 30s. 

Years ago, young people matured earlier. Why? Was it because they were expected more of at earlier ages? When expectation is low in society maturity drops and relationships begin to fail and thus society itself is not far behind. Society has historically placed limits on behaviors based on chronological age (such as voting and driving restrictions) because age is typically a measure of maturity. Yes, today, we can hear that age and maturity are not necessarily synonymous, especially when it comes to relationships. 

Yet, we can certainly observe that maturity plays a major role in the success or demise of relationships in the young and old. Therefore, it is essential to understand how maturity affects a person’s ability to not only reason effectively but also to understand the concepts and implement the skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships so that society is stable.

 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature ~ Luke 8:14

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Romans 14: 1-23. Dangers of Criticism

A lot of people don't know that they are making others feel bad when they say something about a certain practice/behavior (use of money or credit, liking certain clothes, wearing of makeup or jewelry/hair styles etc.) or serve something that someone does not like to eat or drink or engage in (pop music/dancing) that would seem to be disrespectful or degrading to the mind, body, spirit or soul. 

And, some have a tendency to proclaim regularly that they don't do this/that or think a certain way, behave a certain way, wear certain clothes, and eat or drink certain foods/beverages including alcohol etc. They like to go on about how they never did that and that they weren't raised that way and that they come from a line of generations that never did. Whether you criticize directly or indirectly by proclaiming your righteousness; please, be mindful of Romans 14. You don't want to make a fellow Christian stumble. 

And, yet how to point them in the right direction if you think that they are really in danger of losing their salvation. In a friendly manner, use the Word! Find scripture that they would benefit from. Let them discover for themselves the better path. They will likely see it and repent and move forward. The next time you see them and you see a change, you can say "Wow, I like that dress on you" or "you look so happy lately or well, maybe I should try that diet or cut back/take your advice."

Romans 14: 1-23 
Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval.

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say,“As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God."

Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good. For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Forgive us our debts!

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors ~ Matthew 6:12.

 Some say we should not incur any debt but how is that possible in a nation of capitalism where debt is part of the system. Many people would be homeless if they could not take a mortgage. In America, there is not the common practice to live with parents until one saves enough money to buy a house and that could take some people a lifetime given the cost of buying a home. Are Christians at risk because they have debt? It depends on the kind of debt they/you have. We know that in Christ there is no debt too great. “Two men were debtors to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they were unable to repay him, he forgave both of them. Which one, then, will love him more?” “I suppose the one who was forgiven more,” Simon replied. “You have judged correctly.” Jesus said.…Luke 7:41-43.

Should we run like crazy when a sale hits the stores and put our purchases on credit just to have that handbag that matches our shoes? No, but it doesn't mean that we should avoid a good deal on clothes and shoes when they are needed.  Does it mean we should not buy a home until we can pay for it? No, if we see a good investment, we should take advantage of it and buy a home and feel blessed to have it at a good price. 

We take what we are given to use for His Kingdom. We don't bury our money so that we don't spend it or use wisely. And, at the same time, we don't take on more than we can manage either and go into debt for that which we cannot nor ever repay to a man. And, in saying that we come to realize that being frugal is wise but never taking a risk for His Kingdom is also not wise especially when we are given money to spend on His Kingdom... as when a good investment comes our way or a blessing is given and we hide it from sight. 

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
 
“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:14-30.