Monday, April 20, 2015

3 F's of the World

1) The Fiction of the world.

     The world will draw you in on what looks like something good, but it will destroy you in the end. Drugs...Oh, they sound so fun, but addiction destroys you, destroys those around you, makes you choose to do things that you would have never thought about doing.

The World can best be described as being like the strange woman in Proverbs chapter 5 verses 3 and 4

3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
 
The fiction of the world is that it LOOKS good, but it ENDS bad.
 
2) The Fracture of the world.
 
     The world is fractured. We can see it in the attitudes of people - For example - All my technology is ok, but we are running the planet! I want my car but we are running the planet! I want to be able to eat meat, but I don't want anything killed! I want to be religious, but I don't want to believe in Jesus that's too tough. However, I will spend hours a day doing anything my yogi tells me to do because it will bring me inner peace! We need to tolerate everyone, but CHRISTIANS BE DAMNED!!! Paul said to Timothy that this was coming.
 
I Timoth 4: 1-3
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will desert the faith and occupy themselves with deceiving spirits and demonic teachings, 
influenced by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. 
They will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
 
He also foretold to Timothy exactly how fractured people will be
 
II Timothy 3: 1-5
But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 
For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 
unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. 
They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these.
 
Jesus also warned of Fracturing of the world.
 
Matthew 24:3-8
As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you.
For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come.
For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these things are the beginning of birth pains.
 
3) The Function of the World.
 
     Right now the function of the world is Satan's playground, his domain, he is the current spiritual ruler of the metaphoric "World". Christ is still sovereign God, but Satan currently runs the World.
 
I Peter 5:8
8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
 
We must keep ourselves removed from the function of the world and keep the Spirit residing on the throne of hearts. Because even the redeemed are wrapped in sinful flesh that can be manipulated by the enemy.
 
Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service.
Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Does God Have Faith in You


Faith


Bible Reading:      Hebrews 11

1. We all know that faith in God, faith in Christ and faith in The Holy Spirit is what takes on our path of the Christian walk.

a. (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

                                                                  i. Let’s break it down by the Greek.

1. Now the conviction respecting man’s relationship with God and divine things is the foundation of things hoped for, the proof that God’s accomplished acts cannot be discerned by the bodily eye.

2. We all know that faith in God is what takes us down the Christian path. Knowing that we cannot see that small, rocky, path on our own, but were led to it by the Holy Spirit, Faith is what keeps us moving on that path, knowing that something greater is over the hills and valleys that we traverse while on that path.

3. In Hebrews we see, listed all together, the faith that led great men of God down this path. We see their commendations, we see the troubles that they went through and we see the glory of finishing that path.

a. By faith, Abel brought God the better offering.

b. By faith, Enoch was translated that he should not see death. (What a great message for faith).

                                                                  i. God loved him so much, that he took him directly to heaven. Now that is faith in God.

c. By faith, Noah prepared an ark to save his family.

d. By faith, Abraham moved his entire family according to God’s will, not knowing where he was going.

e. By faith, Sara gave birth to a son that she was, medically, not supposed to have.

f. By faith, Abraham was willing to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God, even though the promise was for God’s nation to be risen up through Isaac.

4. And they go on with many others.

5. But one thing we have to ask ourselves; each of these people had great faith in God and His plan for their lives. But, did God have faith in them?

a. Faith is a two-way street! We may have faith the God the Father has a plan for our lives, that Jesus is God’s son and gave His life and shed His precious blood for our redemption to the Father so that we could fulfill that plan and faith that the Holy Spirit lives with and within us to guide us on the path of that plan, but, does God have faith in us to complete and follow that plan and continue on that path?

b. Abraham would have been of no use to God, if God knew that he, Abraham, only believed in Him, but would not have the faith to keep his family together and take them to the Promised Land. Sara would have been of no use to God if she only believed that she would have a son, but then not be willing to raise him as the beginning of the new nation that God had planned. Noah would have been of no use to God, if he was not willing to take 120 years of his life to build a boat. In the middle of nowhere, without knowing that Noah would complete that mission.

c. None of these great people would have been of any use to God, without God having faith in them to continue along the path that God had set out before them.

6. Verse 6: But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

a. God has to know, and of course He does, that we have the faith to continue to ask, seek and knock (Matthew 7:7). All of those words are action words, verbs. Ask. You have to ask before something can be given. Seek. You have to look, and search, before you can find something. Knock. You have to put your hand to the door before someone will open it.

7. Verse 40: God, having provided some better thing for us, that they, without us, should not be made perfect.

a. That they, without us should not be made perfect.

                                                                  i. Without us, God cannot work a greater work in our lives.

                                                                 ii. Without us, God cannot show us the promises that he has for us.

                                                                iii. Without us, God cannot bestow the blessings that he has for us.

                                                               iv. Without us, God cannot give us the strength to make it along the path he has chosen for us.

8. God has to have faith in us, before he can accomplish everything that he has waiting for us. You may have faith that God created the Earth. You may have faith that He sent His Son to die on the cross for each and every one of our sins and to be redeemed to the Father. You may have faith that the Holy Spirit is around somewhere; but, do you have enough faith for God to have faith in you? Does Christ have enough faith in you to give you a path that is rocky, bumpy and full of promise? Does the Holy Spirit have enough faith, that as he guides you, you will continue to follow?

9. Ask yourself these questions. Because if not, you will be missing out on greater promises, blessings and benefits not only to be bestowed upon you, but to be given to your family down the road, along that path. Promises that you are not even aware of that God has for them, because He had enough faith in you that He knew you would continue to walk that path, even when it seems too hard to continue. That you would persevere through the rough and trying times, knowing that promises and rewards are waiting for you.

10. Does God have faith in you?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Have You Had Your Fill of God

Proverbs 19:7-10

7.  The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

8.  The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9.  The fear of the Lord is clean, ensuring forever: the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

All of these things are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.  The Lord gives us his word so that we can live a peacefully sweet life, but are we doing enough with it.  Do you have friends or family or know someone that is hungry for the Truth, hungry for the Word of God.

Proverbs also goes on to war in Chapter 27 and verse 7: The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

We have the things that are sweeter than honey:

The law of the Lord: We know that we cannot live by the law and once we realize that, we know that we need Christ and we accept His gift of salvation, so it converts our hearts. Once we have accepted His gift of salvation, His testimony (His Word, the Holy Bible) makes wise the simple. Our eyes are opened to new and wonderful things concerning the blessings of God and all that He has to offer to us. (Proverbs 19:7)

The statutes of the Lord are right rejoicing the heart. When we live by His Word and all that it contains we live a very simple, non-complicated and peaceful life. Once we understand this we know that his commandments serve to keep us free and keep our lives simple and easy and we are enlightened that what he has to say is very easy to follow and will keep our lives uncomplicated and simple. (Proverbs 19:8)

When we learn that his commandments are good for us and serve us then we learn to fear (respect) all that he has written and all that he has to say to our hearts. We learn that all of his judgements are true and righteous. In other words, when he has to punish us or others, we are the ones that are to blame. He is completely perfect. (Proverbs 19:9)

These things are more to be desired than gold and they are sweeter than honey. But are you sick of what the Lord has to say. Are you tired of your preacher or sunday school teacher, or your friend always having things to say that prick your heart.  Could be that you are not living (or exercising) your faith and you are so bloated with religion that you are sick of what the Word of God has to say to you.

Just like in real life, if we eat and eat and eat and we do not do anything, we get sick and tired of it. But when we exercise our bodies and our minds, we are refreshed and we appreciate the next meal.

The same thing applies spiritually. If you are not exercising your faith, be careful that you do not grow to loathe the honey and the honeycomb, because you become an ineffective Christian.

Proverbs 27:7 also states "but to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet."

Why do you think that cults like Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons and the others keep growing. Because there are hungry souls out there that need feeding.

You have all of that extra Word that is making you sick and you need to be "walking" spiritually and giving some of your excess to the spiritually "hungry".

Be careful that you do not grow to loathe the Word of God and the message of Christ.

Dear Lord, we come to you today, humbled by the wisdom of you Word and the warning that it has to bring. Help us to enjoy the sweetness of your Word continually by exercising outs faith and giving of our excess to those that are starving for the truth.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vitamin C for Parents

     We all know the benefits of Vitamin C.  If you had a mother like mine, one who worried about your health as much or more as she did her own, then you know that Vitamin C should be a staple in your pantry.  Every winter, as soon as a sniffle would creep into our noses, the chewable vitamin c would be brought out.  "Take two, it can't hurt you". 
     And we know that it does work. I still take my Vitamin C, along with my multi-vitamin supplement, and I do this why?  Not just because my mother gave it to me all the time and it became a habit, but because, as we get older we remember the benefits and we are a little wiser and able to find things out for ourselves, and we learn from medical studies that vitamins can and do help us maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.
     We forget that we also need daily "vitamins" in our spiritual lives as well.  We need them to help us maintain our spiritual health and spiritual vitality.
     Vitamin C for parents is the medicine that we need, to remember what it is that we are to be teaching our children.  We are not to teach them "how bad we had it" so "I want it better for my kids. I want them to have everything that I didn't have".  Why do you want that?  If you want that for them then teach them to earn it, not just give it to them for free.  Who said that struggling is a bad thing? A liberal democrat?
     Those are just words that are cop outs for weak, sickly, parents, who do not take their Vitamin C.  It is easier to just give our kids everything than to actually be a parent and teach our children some responsibility.  To teach them to earn something.  Because if we do that it means repetition. It means being consistent.  It means actual parental work.
     So, don't say that you want your kids to have it better than you had it, materially.  That does them no good and it does you no good.  Teach them to work and earn and live and then they learn happiness from their labor.
     The Vitamin C that we need to take is the following.  These are the things that we are to teach our children:
Commitment: Teach them to keep their commitments and promises
Choices: Teach them to make good choices based on Biblical teaching
Concern: Teach them genuine love and concern for others. Not just family

     If you remember that it is these three things that we are to give to our children.  Then you will be taking your spiritual Vitamin C and will be working to ward off spiritual weakness.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Wonderful Wife

Genesis 2:18 - And the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Proverbs 18:22 - Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

Proverbs 19:14 - House and riches are the inheritance of father: and prudent wife is from the Lord.

Proverbs 12:4a - A virtuous woman is crown to her husband

Proverbs 31:10 - Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

     All of these verses and many more talk about wonderful, strong women, who love Jesus and their husbands. These are the characteristics of a good woman that makes a great wife.

     Let's take a look at those words in Genesis, help meet.  In the original Hebrew the word meet means succor, Succor means one who helps in a difficult situation.

     Now what is amazing to me is that when Eve was created from Adam, God used the words one who helps in a difficult situation.  There was no difficulty in the beginning. Everything was perfect.  They had everything they needed.  Food, clothing, shelter, wonderful weather, everything.  So why would God use these words.  He knew what was going to happen, and even though she was created in perfection, he was thinking of all of the future husbands that would need a help meet.

    This is so amazing that he was thinking of us, even in our degenerated state, that he would create something so wonderful, and so splendid, as a wife.

     Men, if you have a virtuous woman, as I have been blessed of God with, count your treasure, not your blessings, your treasure.  Your bountiful blessings.  Your riches in life.  Because God said that her price is far above rubies.  He created her her for us hardened, stubborn, self thinking men, to help us through one specific difficult situation; LIFE.

     Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful, virtuous women out there, who love the Lord and who have chosen to submit yourselves to your husbands and be there help meet.

    Heavenly Father, I come to you today in prayer, to think you for my wonderful wife.  You have provided me a treasure.  One which I cannot count or measure.  Her love for me keeps me going each day.  Her support of me gets me through stressful times.  And her love you reminds me that I cannot do everything myself, even when my stubborn man brain says that I can.  Thank you so much Dear Jesus for a virtuous woman, for a prudent wife.  For my help meet.  AMEN.

     Thank God for your wives gentlemen, because if you have found one, you have found the favour of the Lord.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Enjoy Your Meat

1 Timothy 4:1-3
1) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3) Forbidding to marry, and COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

      Vegetarianism, while good for some because of medical reasons, is not a healthy diet for all.  The liberal left would have you believe that hurting animals and enjoying meat is wrong.  THEY ARE WRONG.

      Paul states to Timothy that this is a sign of the latter times.  It is a sign of the end times.  It is not about healthy or unhealthy to the them, the left, the socialists.  It is about control.  It is about totalitarianism.  They want to hold your life in their hands and make you worship them and their agenda.

     Moderation is also necessary.  The Bible speaks of gluttony: Proverbs 23:21 states "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. But just as the meat of the Word helps us grow spiritually, so does the meat of animals helps us grow physically.

     So enjoy your meat.  Have your protein.  Your body and your brain need it. And God gave us every moving thing that liveth (Genesis 9:3) as our meat.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Think about the Pauses

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you.


Have you ever thought about the commas. Ask, seek, knock,. Waiting means faith. If you ask you have to wait on an answer, if you are seeking you have to wait until you find, if you knock you have to wait for someone to open. 


Jesus will answer, He will show, He will open. We just have to be willing to submit to his time table.


Think about the pauses in God's Word.  Think about the commas.


WAITING


Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.

I stay my haste, I make delays,
For what avails this eager pace?
I stand amid the eternal ways,
And what is mine shall know my face.

Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me;
No wind can drive my bark astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny.

What matter if I stand alone?
I wait with joy the coming years;
My heart shall reap where it hath sown,
And garner up its fruit of tears.

The waters know their own and draw
The brook that springs in yonder height;
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delight.

The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
Can keep my own away from me.

-John Burroughs