Archive for September, 2016

Guidance in His Eyes

September 29, 2016

Psalm 33:18 NKJV … Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy …

guidance

Seek the Lord while He may be foundPs 32:6
Seek the LORD and His strength
Seek His face{eye} continually1Chr 16:11
Trust in Him alone
Draw near to Him with a pure heartJa 4:8
Close enough to see the direction in His eyes
Humble yourselves in the sight the Lord
Rely on His guidance and strength
You will be lifted up –Ja 4:10
And see the “way” you should go.

Psalm 32:8-11 AMPC
8 I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9 Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you [uncompromisingly] righteous [you who are upright and in right standing with Him]; shout for joy, all you upright{pure} in heart!

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Keep His Word & Live!

September 28, 2016

Proverbs 30:4-6 AMPC … Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?

5 Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him. 6 Add not to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.

Trust in the Lord and His word
The Lord is utterly trustworthy –
Ps 111:7;1Th 5:23-24
There is none like Him
The Sovereign Lord
Maker of heaven and earth
Nothing is too difficult for Him!
Jer 32:17

Be careful to keep His word and livePro 19:16
Then you will have both the Father and the Son.Jn 14:23

All praise be to Jesus the Living Word
Full of grace and truth!Jn 1:14

1 Peter 1 25

Deuteronomy 4:2-4 AMPC … You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. 3 Your eyes still see what the Lord did because of Baal-peor; for all the men who followed the Baal of Peor the Lord your God has destroyed from among you, 4 But you who clung fast to the Lord your God are alive, every one of you, this day.

2 John 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.

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Eat the Meat – Spit Out the Bones!

September 27, 2016

Eat the meat and spit out the bones! Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this when questioning a teaching or prophecy that seems to go against what the Bible says – specifically on sound doctrine.

Is the above response in the Bible??

Not everyone can eat the meat – solid food

Infants or immature people still drinking milk can not discern good from evil and are in danger of choking on a bone(error)
=> their faith then being shipwrecked or destroyed –He 5:11-14;1Tim 1:19-20;2Tim 2:18;2Pe 2:2,14,19

Eating leaven affects the whole body

Galatians 5:7-10 AMPC … You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth? This [evil] persuasion is not from Him Who called you [Who invited you to freedom in Christ]. A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church]. [For my part] I have confidence [toward you] in the Lord that you will take no contrary view of the matter but will come to think with me. But he who is unsettling you, whoever he is, will have to bear the penalty.

The leaven of the Pharisees is hypocrisy –Lk 12:1

Leaven as a corrupting force needs to be corrected or removed to protect the whole –1Cor 5:6-8

Guard against the leaven = guard your doctrine to protect the whole –Mt 16:12;Ro 16:17-18;Titus 1:9-11

1 Corinthians 5:8 AMPC … Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of vice and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of purity (nobility, honor) and sincerity and [unadulterated] truth.

1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV … Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Proverbs 25:26 NLT … If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

From NetBible Pro 25:26
To see the righteous(godly) moved from their steadfastness through fear or favour in the presence of the wicked is as disheartening as to find the stream turbid and defiled at which you were longing to quench your thirst …

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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/speak true words from the Lord that turn 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

1 Corinthians 14:13 … Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.

From NetBible 1Cor 14:3

  • prophesy[4395] = to prophesy, to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspirations
    => to foretell, to predict
    => to forthtell, to teach, refute, reprove, admonish,
    comfort, praise(utter during worship) others
  • edification[3619] = building up
    => the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness
  • exhortation[3874] = to admonish, encourage, instruct/ teach
    *from [3870] = to admonish, encourage, instruct/ teach
  • consolation[3619] = to comfort/ calm

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Colossians 1:28We proclaim Him, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone complete{mature} in Christ.

From NetBible Col 1:28

  • admonish[3560] = to instruct, correct, warn
  • complete[5046] = mature, full grown adult

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2 Timothy 3:16-17All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

From NetBible Col 1:28

  • training[3809] = full instruction: includes admonishment, disciplinary correction

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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.