Archive for December, 2018

Buy the Truth – Sell It NOT!

December 29, 2018

Isaiah 55:1-2 AMPC … Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].
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The invitaion is to the thirsty, to come to the waters. To come, buy and eat — to buy with no money. What is being bought and eaten?

Proverbs 23:23Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding.

From NetBible Pro 23:23

  • * “Getting truth” would mean getting training in the truth, and getting wisdom and understanding would mean developing the perception and practical knowledge of the truth.

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Be careful what you eat
Deception abounds

“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the LORD. –Jer 9:6
Eat only what is good and nourishing
Causing you to grow in maturity
Diligently seek the truth
As one would seek hidden treasure
Prov 2:1-5;Jn 17:17
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2 Peter 3:17-18 AMP … Therefore, [let me warn you] beloved, knowing these things beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men [who distort doctrine] and fall from your own steadfastness [of mind, knowledge, truth, and faith], 18 but grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
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Tweets:
Diligently seek the truth
As one would seek hidden treasure
Eat only what is good
Buy the TRUTH-sell it NOT! -Is 55:1-2;Pro 23:23

Let His Handiwork Praise!

December 27, 2018

Ephesians 2:10 AMP … For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
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Praise the LordPs 145:10
For we are His handiwork
Fearfully and wonderfully made
Marvelous beyond compare
Made to praise and
Glorify His holy name
Bless the Lord O my soul
Ps 103:1
He is worthy and greatly to be praised!Ps 145:3
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Handiwork
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Psalm 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous{wondrous} are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
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1 Chronicles 16:9-10 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
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Psalm 90:17 AMPC … And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.
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Word Study
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handiwork[04639]= made by God, workmanship
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All Your works[04639] shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. –Ps 145:10
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Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work[04639] of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work[04639] of our hands. –Ps 90:17
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The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork[04639]. –Ps 19:1

Fruit and Truth

December 26, 2018


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Walk as children of light
Test/prove what is pleasing to the Lord
The unfolding of His words give light –
Ps 119:130
And much fruit! –
Jn 15:7-8
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Ephesians 5:8-10 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – 10 trying to learn{[1381]=test/prove} what is pleasing to the Lord.
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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled{satisfied}.
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John 17:17Sanctify them{set them apart} in the truth; Your word is truth.
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Christian Unity more important than Theology?

December 13, 2018

Ephesians 4:11-16 NASB … And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
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V13 – the goal to attain unity of the faith is very important. It’s about faith not theology or doctrine right?!
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A similar question I’ve heard in the past – We are not to contend for doctrines, we are to contend for the faith(Jude 1:3) of believers. After all, doctrine and theology divide, right?!
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Look at what the word faith means here, in BOTH verses. See word study.
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Faith has to do with a shared view of TRUTH – what the written word has to say about who God is and our relationship to Him{theology}.
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Look at Ephesians 4 again, it tells how we are to attain this unity of faith
=> by speaking the TRUTH in love. What the written word has to say about who God is and His relationship to us is directly involved in attaining the unity of faith, contending for the faith AND the equipping of the saints(2Tim 3:16-17)!
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Looking more closely at John 17, it also shows that TRUTH is intimately involved in becoming “one”. We are given the Word and Jesus prays that we be sanctified by the Word, the TRUTH. The TRUTH is how we are set apart from the world just as Jesus was(Jn 17:11, 14-19).
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Notice that in attaining unity of faith, contending for faith and being set apart to become “one”, Truth, doctrine and theology are involved. Yes, sometimes this will cause division – division from error, false doctrine and people – false teachers and prophets. Some division is not bad, but necessary to preserve the “unity of faith”, “common salvation”.
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Also remember it’s the teaching of false doctrine that divides. True doctrine or theology unites. Unity based on anything else is deception.
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Love corrects error.
Romans 16:17-18 NKJV … Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
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Ephesians 5:6-11 NASB … Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them…
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Word Study
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From NetBible Eph 4:13Jude 1:3

  • unity of faith[4102] – contend for the faith[4102]
    faith[4102] = conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and
    divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and
    holy fervour born of faith and joined with it
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  • * The term “faith” has a variety of meanings in the NT. Here, the faith refers to the doctrinal content embraced by believers rather than the act of believing. Rather than discuss the points of agreement that Jude would have with these believers, because of the urgency of the present situation he must assume that these believers were well grounded and press on to encourage them to fight for this common belief.
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  • “common salvation” *Jude starts by affirming that the gospel the Gentiles had received from Paul was the same as the one the Jewish Christians had received from the other apostles (our common salvation). But in the midst of writing this letter, Jude felt that the present crisis deserved another, shorter piece. The crisis, as the letter reveals, is that the false teachers whom Peter prophesied have now infiltrated the church. The letter of Jude is thus an ad hoc letter, intended to confirm the truth of Peter’s letter and encourage the saints to ground their faith in the written documents of the nascent church, rather than listen to the twisted gospel of the false teachers. In large measure, the letter of Jude illustrates the necessity of clinging to the authority of scripture as opposed to those who claim to be prophets.
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From NetBible Jn 7:11,14-19

  • *  The Greek word translated set…apart{sanctified}(ἁγιάζω, Jagiazw) is used here in its normal sense of being dedicated, consecrated, or set apart. The sphere in which the disciples are to be set apart is in the truth. In 3:21 the idea of “practicing” (Grk “doing”) the truth was introduced; in 8:32 Jesus told some of his hearers that if they continued in his word they would truly be his disciples, and would know the truth, and the truth would make them free.

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Related:
Andy Stanley: Church Unity Is More Important Than ‘Being Theologically Correct’{refuted}

Love and Mercy Endure!

December 10, 2018

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Micah 7:18 AMPC … Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness.
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Micah 6:8 AMPC … He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
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A Song:
O Taste and see
The Lord He is good —Ps 34:8
His mercy
His mercies new
Faithful and True —Lam 3:23
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Jesus
Forever His mercy
His love endures —Ps 103:17
Hallelujah!
The Lord God, Almighty reigns —Rev 19:6
Forever Faithful and True —Rev 19:11
He reigns!
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Psalm 103:17 AMPC … But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children—
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Keep Alert and Fresh

December 6, 2018

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1 Peter 4:7-8 AMP …The end and culmination of all things is near. Therefore, be sound-minded and self-controlled for the purpose of prayer [staying balanced and focused on the things of God so that your communication will be clear, reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him.] 8 Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].
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Colossians 4:2 AMP … Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.

=> an attitude of thanksgiving keeps you alert, fresh and focused in prayer!

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Hebrews 10:23-25 AMP … Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; 24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, 25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.

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The Wind and Waves Obey?!

December 4, 2018

Who then is this, that even the wind
And the sea{
waves} obey Him?!
Mk 4:35-41;Mt 8:18-27;Lk 8:22-26

From NetBible Mk 4:39;Mt 8:26;Lk 8:24
Then He{Jesus} arose{from sleep} and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. –Mk 4:39

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What statement was Jesus making?

From NetBible Ps 104:3; 135:7; 107:23-30
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distresses. 29 He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. –Ps 107:28-29

  • LORD[03068] = Jehovah = “the existing One”, the proper name of the one true God

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Jesus is fully God; Part of the Trinity!

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. –1Jn 5:7

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Jesus needing deep sleep here demonstrates
He is also fully human!

Then He{Jesus} arose{from sleep} and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. –Mk 4:39
Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. –Mt 8:24
As they sailed, He fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. –Lk 8:23

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WOW! One minute Jesus’ glory veiled in sleeping flesh
The next His glory- the glory of the Father revealed calming the storm!
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John 1:1,14In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …
… 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

From NetBible Jn 1:14

  • * The Greek word translated took up residence (σκηνόω, skhnow) alludes to the OT tabernacle, where the Shekinah, the visible glory of God’s presence, resided. The author is suggesting that this glory can now be seen in Jesus (note the following verse). The verb used here may imply that the Shekinah glory that once was found in the tabernacle has taken up residence in the person of Jesus. Cf. also John 2:19-21. The Word became flesh. This verse constitutes the most concise statement of the incarnation in the New Testament. John 1:1 makes it clear that the Logos was fully God, but 1:14 makes it clear that he was also fully human. A Docetic interpretation is completely ruled out. Here for the first time the Logos of 1:1 is identified as Jesus of Nazareth – the two are one and the same. Thus this is the last time the word logos is used in the Fourth Gospel to refer to the second person of the Trinity. From here on it is Jesus of Nazareth who is the focus of John’s Gospel.

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From NetBible Jn 17:5
Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

  • * this verse looks back to the assertion in Jn 1:1 that the Word (the Λόγος [Logos], who became Jesus of Nazareth in Jn 1:14) was with God (πρὸς τὸν θεόν, pro” ton qeon). Whatever else may be said, the statement in 17:5 strongly asserts the preexistence of Jesus Christ.
  • * It is important to note that although Jesus prayed for a return to the glory he had at the Father’s side before the world was created, he was not praying for a “de-incarnation.” His humanity which he took on at the incarnation (Jn 1:14) remains, though now glorified.

Jesus remains god-man as mediator(1Tim 2:5)

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The Beauty of the King-Wonder!

December 3, 2018

One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord And to meditate in His temple. -Ps 27:4

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And then when then when the “perfect” comes …
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For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. -1Cor 13:12
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May we never lose the wonder of the beauty of the King!

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Wonderful Counsellor

December 2, 2018


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Wonderful
Counsellor,
Mighty God,
Prince of Peace.

Awesome and wonderful,
Jesus our Counsellor,
you are Almighty God,
Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ,
God with us,
Immanuel,
Prince of Peace.
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Isaiah 9:6-7For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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Matthew 1:23“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
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Luke 2:11-15For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

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