Worshippers that the Lord Seeks

September 25, 2016

John 17:11, 17-19 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them safe in Your name, the name that You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are one. …
… 17 Set them apart{sanctify them} in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And I set myself apart{sanctify Myself} for their sakes, that they themselves also may be set apart{sanctified} in truth.

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John 4:23-24 NASB … But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

By the sword of the Spirit –Eph 6:17
The Word of God –Jn 17:17
His Spirit&Truth

=> The Lord’s people are set apart and made one{have unity}
=> These are the worshippers the Lord Jesus Christ seeks.

Hebrews 4:12 AMPC … For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

John 18:37 AMPC … Pilate said to Him, Then You are a King? Jesus answered, You say it! [You speak correctly!] For I am a King. [Certainly I am a King!] This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice.

Matthew 10:34 AMPC … Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Luke 12:51 AMPC … Do you suppose that I have come to give peace upon earth? No, I say to you, but rather division …
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Open Eyes Lord!

September 21, 2016

Open eyes Lord
That they may see
For it’s only in Your light Lord, that eyes can see!Ps 36:9

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. –Ps 43:3

I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not hid away Your steadfast love and Your truth from the great assembly.
11 Withhold not Your tender mercy from me, O Lord; let Your loving-kindness and Your truth continually preserve me!
Ps 40:10-11

 

Build a Firm – Mature – Complete Foundation

September 20, 2016

Let your spiritual house be made strong – built on a firm, mature, complete foundation …

James 1:2-4Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finsh its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:3-4 AMPC … Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

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May the testing of your faith produce pure refined gold. Tested genuine faith is much more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire! –1Pe1:7; Rev 3:18

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Buy Gold Refined by Fire

September 18, 2016

Philippians 1:27-30 NIV
Life Worthy of the Gospel
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire! –Rev 3:18

If you stand up for God’s word you will go thru the fire!

But take heart – DON’T BE AFRAID! –2Ch 32:7

The Lord has gone before{His footsteps our pathway}Ps 85:13
And will not leave you alone in the fire –
Dan 3:25
=> He will bring you thru the fireIs 43:2
=> You will come forth like goldJob 23:10-11
=> Your refined faith shining like the stars –1Pe 1:7

Because you held firmly to the word of lifePhil 2:14-18
And stood firm against the “flood” of lies. –Mt 7:24-25

The best way to stand and resist is to say “It is written”!Lk 4

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God’s Voice Will Not Contradict His Word!

September 17, 2016

God’s voice will not contradict His Word!

Numbers 23:19 NASB … “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

It is impossible for God to lie –Heb 6:18;Titus 1:2
The Spirit of Prophecy = The testimony of Jesus –Rev 19:10
Jesus came into the world, to testify to the truth –Jn 18:37

=> True prophecy will line up with the Truth
=> God’s Word is Truth. –
Jn 17:17

True prophecy will at times encourage and comfort –1Cor 14:3

True prophecy will also at times, cause people to hear true words from the Lord that turn them away from evil and sin. –Jer 23:21-22;Jn 16:8;1Jn 3:8;1Cor 14:24

Beware if repentance is always missing and all you hear is “Peace Peace” – prosperity! –Jer 6:14

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A Sign of the End

September 15, 2016

Matthew 24:3-5 NASB … As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead{deceive} many”.

From NetBible Mt 24:5

  • * I am the Christ = one who has been anointed

The sign of the end = deception
Many will say “I am Christ” = I am anointed
False prophets appear with signs and wonders
… to deceive many
Mt 24:11,24
Because of “lawlessness”, the love of many will grow coldMt 24:12

Take heed that no one deceives you! –Mt 24:4

Many are already here calling out –  I am Anointed, follow me  be anointed!
They say – anyone can prophesy and heal in the name of Jesus!Jesus has warned us ahead of time – DO NOT believe them
DO NOT follow them! –Mt 24:23

Protection from deception =  Know the Jesus the Spirit of Truth
=> and how to apply His word! –Jn 14:6;Jn 16:13;Jn 14:26;Jn 17:17

1 Corinthians 12:29-30, 17  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[? Do all interpret? …

… 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? 

Matthew 7:21-24 NASB … “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
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Philippians 1:18: As Long As Christ is Preached

September 9, 2016

We are to accept everyone as brothers and sisters as long as Christ is preached(the simple gospel Romans 10:9-10, Nicene Creed, etc…) => Philippians 1:18 defends this principle. Is this true?

When questioning teaching about the deity of Christ on earth or who we as christians are to have unity with, I am usually met with the above idea. Usually it has to do with the Kenosis doctrine and those teaching that Christ poured out His divinity to become man. It is true that these people call themselves christians and are also preaching the simple gospel(Romans 10:9-10, Nicene Creed, etc…). So, should we rejoice with them(unity) that the gospel is being preached and ignore the false doctrine about the deity of Jesus? Let’s look at the scripture.

Philippians 1:14-18 NASB… and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice …

From NetBible Phil 1:15

  • envy[5355] = ill-will, jealousy
  • strife[2054] = contention, wrangling, quarreling
  • goodwill[2107] = kindly intent, benevolence

From NetBible Phil 1:16

  • love[26] = brotherly love, affection

From NetBible Phil 1:17

  • selfish ambition[2052] = Paul exhorts to be one in the mind of Christ not putting self forward or being selfish(Phil 2:3;Ja 3:14)
  • pure motives[55] =  honest, sincere motives

From NetBible Phil 1:18

  • pretense[4392] = outward showing
  • truth[225] = objectively, free from pretense,  deceit

First notice that Paul here is talking about motives – both good and bad. Next notice he rejoices because Christ is preached – the true gospel. Also notice what it doesn’t say – it doesn’t say as long as the “simple gospel” is preached. Paul assumes these with good or bad motive are preaching the SAME gospel – that is what he rejoices about.

Also notice that those who preach  Kenosis along with a “simple gospel” are preaching a different Christ and so really preaching a different gospel than that in scripture. This Kenosis Christ has no power until baptism vs. the Christ of scripture who is, was and will always be fully God(Col 2:9;Jn 8:58;Rev 1:7-8).

Does Paul rejoice in this type of preaching? Consider these scriptures, also written by Paul.

Galatians 1:6-10 NASB
Perversion of the Gospel
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed[331](condemned to hell)!

10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:1-4 NASB
Paul Defends His Apostleship
11 I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. …
… 12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

2 John 1:9 AMPC … Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

Notice that these who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ
=> DO NOT have the Father or the Son(
or the Holy Spirit).

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What does Jesus say?

John 8:31-32 AMPC … So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

 

 

Eat ONLY True Bread!!!

September 7, 2016

Mark 4:24-25 NKJV … Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure[measuring rod, standard of judgment] you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25 For whoever has[takes hold of, eats], to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

Mark 4:24-25 AMPC … And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. 25For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],

What you “eat” affects what you hear. Eat only “true bread”!

Amos 8:11 … Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of HEARING[08085] {to hear intelligently, perceive, understand, obey} the words of the LORD.

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He is With You!

September 5, 2016

Joshua 1:9 … Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.


Be strong and courageous
Do not be afraid
Do not be dismayed
Jesus – the Lord your God is with you –
Mt 1:23
He goes before and prepares your way –
Ps 85:13
His hand on your life
Your help and stay –
Is 41:10,13
Hemmed in – behind and before –
Ps 139:5
He calls you by name –
Is 43:1
Follow His lead –
Ps 25:10
He is faithful to keep you –
Ps 121:7
He is with you always. –
Mt 28:20

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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. –Is 41:10

From NetBible Is 41:10

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul –Ps 25:1

I trust in You, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. –Ps 25:2

No one who trusts in You will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. –Ps 25:3

Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. –Ps 25:4

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You[Jesus] are God my Saviour, and my hope is in You all day long. –Ps 25:5

Role of a True Prophet = Good Tree

August 31, 2016

Matthew 7:15-20 AMPC … Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. 16 You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit. 18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.

What is the role of a true prophet(Good Tree)?

Jeremiah 23:21-22 AMPC
21 I did not send these [false] prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in My council, then they would have caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them [My people] from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.

  • True prophets cause people to hear true words that turn people away from evil and sin.
  • Grapes(good fruits) are produced by abiding in the true vine & the living word(Christ) –Jn 15
  • Grapes(true remnant) abiding in the vine & word(Christ) contain the blessing of new wine(Holy Spirit)Isa 65:8
  • Abiding in the true vine & living word(Christ) yield  understanding of the fear of the Lord and knowledge of God –Pro 2:1-5
  • Good figs are associated with acknowledging the Lord and repentanceJer 24:5-7
  • Good fruit is in keeping with(prove) repentance Mt 3:8
  • The fruit of Light is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. –Eph 5:9
  • The fruit of righteousness is life –Pro 11:30,10:16
  • Good fruit in Matthew 7 is sound teaching/ doctrine –Mt 7:24
  • Sound teaching/ doctrine saves = brings eternal life. –1Tim 4:16
  • The eye is the lamp of the body, if it’s healthy(sound fulfilling it’s office) the whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased(unsound, bad, blind),  the body is full of darkness. –Lk 11:34