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March 9, 2018, 2:08 PM

Just Some Thoughts From Quiet Time With God

What you would that men should do unto you, even so, do the same for them. Find your sweet spot but don’t consume all the sweets for yourself. Your blessings, knowledge, gifts etc. are not just for yourself. Don’t consume them with selfish pride and burp after you are finished for all to hear your consumption of indulgences! Give glory to God take your hands off stuff. Keep your hand and your heart open and God will accept you and pass to you even more for his glory. It is God who sets up and brings down. How you are when you are brought down may determine how high you can be set up. Don’t despair in times of drought. God is your keeper. Content yourself in him and he will search out your deepest desires and delight you and his on time. By the way, the timing is his, not yours. Live every day to the fullest and give each day your best. Don’t get caught up in the murmurs of others. God is not pleased when he hears adults murmuring like children. Murmuring brings discontentment and discontentment invites darkness. Don’t you know adversity is the friend of those who love me? Do you not see that I am watching you, your reactions so that I may purify you my child? Know that I am God and I can and will deliver you speedily when the trial has finished its task. And… about the devil, he is your adversary but my servant. I am all wise, all-powerful and I speak and who can stop my word? Even the gates of Hill cannot and will not keep my word from coming to pass nor will hells fury delay my timing. I know the beginning all the way through the ending. I let and I hinder. I am not absent from the process either, not one moment are you hidden from my eye. You are mine! I birthed you for a purpose. My purpose is not complete; I go with mine all the way even until the end of the age. By the way, age is nothing to me. I gave Abraham and Sarah strength to conceive. I delighted to show my power. Even that which was dead was made alive again. I specialize in making dead things live! I specialize in resurrection! I restore broken lives, broken dreams, I remember broken promises and you will know that although others break promises, I will not break my promises.




February 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Freewill of Man Is God's Choice

                                                       

 (SERIES Part 1 — 12/31/17)

  • Freewill
  •  Is God really good?
  • If God can, why doesn’t He?
  • Choices and Consequences 
  • How to Make Good Choices
  • Where is God When I Hurt?
  • Does God Really Care?
  • What about Suffering and Evil? 
  • Does It Really Matter What I Do?
  • How Will This All End?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-TkQgBvqls                                             

When something bad happens, do not think or assume God did it.  When God created humankind as well as the angels, He gave them FREEWILL.     FREEWILL means God has given us the responsibility and ability to choose.                                

FREEWILL means God chooses NOT to override or remove the freewill of man. We see this theme throughout the Scriptures; God has given humankind as well as the host of heaven freewill.

God gives commands for the good of ALL his created ones.  Ignorance of God’s Commands does not exempt of consequences!  In God’s commands we find the path of true life and directions for our ultimate good.

This is not to say that God never sets limits. The teaching of man’s freewill does not mean that God’s will shall not prevail; by the Scripture, we know it will.  

This topic of “FREEWILL OF MAN” is worth exploring from a Scriptural point of view.

In heaven, even before God created humankind, there was freewill.

Sin started with Satan when he rebelled against God.  The once beautiful Lucifer was given FREEWILL along with the angels God had created. Lucifer/Satan/Serpent/Devil (in name), lifted himself in pride against God.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Satan persuaded or deceived one third of the angels and they all rebelled against God and were all (1/3 total) cast out of heaven and judged by God. WE refer to these as the “fallen angels.”

God cast them out from Heaven!                                                                                                                                                                                                   

God dealt with the sin of Satan and the angels.  Sin always has to be dealt with.  (Jesus said, Luke 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Revelation 12:7-9  Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.  8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven.  9 This great dragon-- the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world-- was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.(ALSO Isaiah 14:12-15  "How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.  13 For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.  14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.'  15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.)   

God created a perfect and beautiful world. God created a perfect man Adam and a perfect woman Eve.  He made the heavens and the earth and all the planets. Everything that was made has been made by God. God made a perfect world and a perfect heaven. Genesis 1:31   And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

God also gave Adam and Eve FREEWILL and with that He also gave them ONE command. God told them what the boundaries were. He explained the consequence of their potential disobedience. Let’s explore this from the beginning of Scriptural account.

God gave Adam and Eve FREEWILL with instructions and told them of consequences if they disobeyed.

Genesis 3:1 - 4:1  NLT  The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?"  2 "Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden," the woman replied.  3 "It's only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, 'You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.'"  4 "You won't die!" the serpent replied to the woman.  5 "God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil." 

6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.  7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.  8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.  9 Then the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"  10 He replied, "I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked."  11 "Who told you that you were naked?" the LORD God asked. "Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?"  12 The man replied, "It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it."  13 Then the LORD God asked the woman, "What have you done?" "The serpent deceived me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."  14 Then the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.  15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel."  16 Then he said to the woman, "I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you. "  17 And to the man he said, "Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.  18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.  19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return."  20 Then the man-- Adam-- named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.  21 And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.  22 Then the LORD God said, "Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!"  23 So the LORD God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.  24 After sending them out, the LORD God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. 

In FREEWILL there are voices that influence and try to persuade us:

1. God’s Voice

2. The Voice of our own Flesh or Man

3. The Voice of Satan

 

  • Whose voice do you believe?
  • What you believe affects what you do.  
  • What you do brings consequences.
  • Your belief, behavior and consequences affect you, your world and others.

Would you identify which voice is God’s voice, Satan’s voice or the voice of your flesh?

Identifying the voice we are hearing is a challenge for all of us sometimes. “My people are destroyed because of the lack of knowledge...” (Hosea 4:6)

Satan is a schemer/deceiver/liar!    

Paul warned Christians at Corinth about Satan trying to get the advantage over them by SCHEMING against them and convincing them to withhold forgiveness from an offender (2 Cor.2:10-11). Paul also warns Christians in the Ephesus church to the ARMED with the WORD and FAITH so that they can quench the fiery darts of the wicked…

WE DO HAVE A CHOICE!

Ephesians 6:13-18  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Through God's Word and his Spirit, we can identify and fight against the wrong voices we hear. NLT 2 Timothy 2:15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

God’s Word can help us see clearly so that we can make good choices!                                                                                                                         

Psalm 119:104-105   Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

WE ALL HEAR VOICES! The voice of our flesh/conscience. God’s Voice and Satan’s voice.

Make no mistake about it, we are in a tug-of-war! Even the believer sometimes hears these voices and we have freewill and we have the POWER TO CHOOSE rightly because God’s Spirit is within us through Christ Jesus!   Romans 7:24 - 8:2  Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.  NLT Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

As long as we are on this earth in this mortal body, we have to contend with the flesh and the devil trying to pull us into a wrong direction. However we can choose rightly!

The only sure way we will be able to choose rightly is:

1.Know God’s Word
2. Have God’s Spirit Within
3. Live A Surrendered Life

In doing this we will arm ourselves with the choose to be winners! Our perspective, mind and attitude is part of ARMING yourself against the schemes and trickery of the devil.

NLT 1 Peter 4:1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.

Our Choices Will Have Consequences!  We can make the choice but we cannot choose the consequences of the choice. We can trust God with wisdom to make best choices for ourselves and those we love. Make good choices for yourself, your family, neighbors, others and the future. Your choices will have a ripple affect!

VIDEO: (Ripple Effect) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j14PP5wlmk

Our choices will affect others Too! Good or Bad.

We are responsible for our choices and yes for much of the consequences. As in earth so in heaven; FREEWILL was given but consequences and results are always part of freewill for choices.

We cannot do anything about the consequences were born in to but we can affect change and good beginning right now.

God did not get what He wanted from Adam and Eve. He wanted perfection for them!

Adam and Eve made the choice and brought sin and its consequences on them and all their offspring; we are all their offspring! ( Adam and Eve’s choice and disobedience/sin brought the consequences of being driven from the tree of life. Hence we live in a world of and sin, sickness and death that began the moment they ate the forbidden fruit.)

God made a choice that day too.   He had compassion and his heart breaks for the pain, tragedies and horrific incidents that affect humankind. God made a choice to come and pay our sin debt and give us eternal life. Also he enables us with the truth/Scripture and the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we can make right choices that will bring positive changes in lives and in our world.

You can make a choice today that will affect the rest of your life. You can make the world a better place by your choices, decisions and lifestyle.

1.Admit that you have sinned.
2.Confess and Repent.
3.Be Baptized.
4.Ask for forgiveness
4.Study the Scriptures
5.Commit to the church
6.Tell others the Good News of God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          




November 27, 2017, 12:42 PM

One Thing

“One Thing”

                                                                                                                   How to Keep the Main Thing First Prioroty                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

In a world with so many choices and voices, one must choose wisely especially since some good opportunities may not pass our way again. Perhaps one reason choices are hard is because it’s not always easy to identify the good from the best. Even when one does vow to choose rightly, it is important that we do the right thing rightly.                                                                                                                                                                              I believe there are times God may say, “Here are many good possibilities, I can and will bless either of these if you keep me first.” There are times when God has specific plans for our lives. The choices we make are most important in order to bring us to his specific and desired destiny. God wants to be guiding us by his Word. While God uses a variety of ways to guide us to his purposes, the Scriptures must be held in highest priority over our lives.

We really can know the will of God for our lives.

John 7:17  "If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself. 

When we are trying to choose wisely and know God’s will, we should ask ourselves these questions.

  1. What does Scripture say? If the plan is against God’s spoken/written Word, we must/should dismiss it and “not an option.”  
  2. How will this affect my relationship with God? (Seek the kingdom of God first)  Will this decision take you away from commands God has given? Will you be able to do what is necessary for your personal spiritual like?  
  3. What does my closest family sayWhat do your mature believers say? How will this affect those I love, spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically etc.? (Will this divide, hurt/damage spouse and family? Will it bless them?) The wise person is aware that the choice he makes affect not on him/herself but those around us and especially within our own family and household. 
  4. Is the timing right? The right thing did in the wrong time or wrong way can be a wrong thing. There is a season for all things. A baby born prematurely can die, struggle to survive, require much care.) Even fruit has a time for harvesting; if you get it too early it is not good or too late, it rots.) Wisdom considers many angles; God can give perfect wisdom…James 1:5  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 
  5. Do I have God’s peace about my decision?  Sometimes everything looks good with your natural eye but your spirit is troubled. Learn to listen to the voice of God! 
  6. Have I searched and gathered the facts? (Don’t build a tower without gathering the facts and costs).   
  7. Are the doors open or shut. God is one who can shut and open doors. “Let God be in charge of your doors! Christ’s message to the church in Philadelphia isRevelation 3:7-8  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 

 As the apostles were trying to fulfill the command of the Lord by to going to the entire world and preach the Gospel, they planned their next mission journey to travel to Asia and spread God’s Word there. GOD HAS A BETTER PLAN! They were forbidden by the Holy Spirit Acts 16:6-10 And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia;  7 and when they had come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them;  8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.  9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."  10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 

If we will keep the one thing in good working order, we will better keep the rest orderly.  

NAS Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple

Even though she loved the Lord and working for him and his disciples, Martha had mistakenly and sincerely chose to prioritize the wrong thing. She was frustrated and overwhelmed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Luke 10:38-42  Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  39 And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet.  40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."  41 But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;  42 but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." 

God can Speak… Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' 

In the O.T. as well as in the N.T. God’s people functioned best and were most successful when they ask counsel from and followed God’s directions and timing!  Battles were lost and won depending on whether they asked and followed God’s counsel 

Sometimes God gave counsel through Godly people, other times God spoke directly. When Moses was wearing himself out, God spoke through his father-in-law Jethro. Exodus 18:17-19  And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.  18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.  19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 

Leaders and kings would often seek council from the priest. Numbers 27:21   And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. 

One time Joshua (the great leader) got tricked by some Gibeonite people who said they were somebody they were not. This happened because Joshua and his leaders looked and decided with their natural eyes and ears. They failed to ask council from God. Joshua 9:3-16  When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,  4 they also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended,  5 and worn-out and patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled.  6 And they went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, "We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us."  7 And the men of Israel said to the Hivites, "Perhaps you are living within our land; how then shall we make a covenant with you?"  8 But they said to Joshua, "We are your servants." Then Joshua said to them, "Who are you, and where do you come from?"  9 And they said to him, "Your servants have come from a very far country because of the fame of the LORD your God; for we have heard the report of Him and all that He did in Egypt,  10 and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan who was at Ashtaroth.  11 "So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, 'Take provisions in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; now then, make a covenant with us."'  12 "This our bread was warm when we took it for our provisions out of our houses on the day that we left to come to you; but now behold, it is dry and has become crumbled.  13 "And these wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and these our clothes and our sandals are worn out because of the very long journey."  14 So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.  15 And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.  16 And it came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land. 

Assumption can be dangerous! There have been times when I too have failed to ask God because things looked good on the outward.  

Wait on the counsel of God. Don’t rush forward. King Saul got in too big a hurry and botched up his victory for his kingdom reign and successWhen God is silent, be still and do what he told you last. If we seek God’s face, we will know his heart!  

Psalm 32:8-9   I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near  to you

Judges 6. When Gideon was afraid and needing to make sure God was asking him to lead his army. Gideon asked God to answer by giving God a “fleece” and  God answered him.  

Are you willing to follow and obey God?  THIS ONE THING! 

Just like Martha and Mary, we all have choices to make. Will we choose the good or the best?  

When we are listening and following the will and way of God, we can have great peace and rest.                                                                                            GOD GIVES HIS BELOVED SLEEP! WE DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY WHEN WE ARE PUTTING God first.                                                                   Proverbs 3:21-24 My son, let them not depart from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,  22 So they will be life to your soul, And adornment to your neck.  23 Then you will walk in your way securely, And your foot will not stumble.  24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Jesus  FIRST! ONE THING!   

Why worry and count sheep when you can talk with the shepherd? 

It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:2  

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For Thou alone, O LORD, dost make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). 

 Find out what God’s will is and just do it.




October 13, 2017, 2:54 PM

Prerequisites for Casting Care Upon The Lord     

                   

How many of us have wasted time, even days and seasons worrying and carrying anxiety that God alone can fix? I wish I could honestly say that I have always cast my care on God and walked in the perfect peace that He offers. When I think of the times I have allowed “care and anxiety” to steal precious time and moments that cannot be retrieved, I feel regret, it is not a tormenting regret, instead a regret that is used to teach me NOT to allow that to continue to happen in my present or future.  Perhaps you, like me need to be reminded to “cast your care upon the Lord for He cares for you!  I saw a post that Christina Blankenship had put on Facebook, this is her post “Worry is failing at fixing tomorrow and ruining today.”  How very true this is!

1 Peter 5:5 -7 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

If/when one resist authority, is proud or refuses to humble himself, he/she will be hindered from “CASTING THEIR CARE” on the Lord. Sometimes we get the “cart before the horse.” In other words, we try to get the results before doing the first thing. Too often, we try to do step number 2 before step number 1. Trying to “cast our care/worries” on God without meeting God’s requirements of “submission and humility” is a housekeeper complaining about the house stinking while refusing to throughout a bag or rotten potatoes. When we do what God is saying, then we can CAST OUR CARES and receive rest and peace from God. OR it maybe illustrated like this: God has been telling you to titheor quit overspending, or whatever it may be and you are all stressed about your finances. You keep telling God provide for you and take away your worry and fear but you keep having GREAT CARE/ANXIETY BECAUSE you haven’t humbled yourself under Him and his instructions FIRST. Do what God says and then you can “CAST YOUR CARE.”

Our problem is that we tell God what our problem is and ask him to fix it but He in turn tells us how to remove the hindrances so it can be fixed.

Our problem is that we want to do the same thing  and God make us have a different result.

SO… now that we have that taken care of, we can go on to the rest of the message and promise of God. Everyone understands the prerequisite to being able to cast our care?  Right?

Our problem is sometimes we sabotage the blessings/deliverance/provisions God’s is trying to get to us by unwise choices, ignorance of him and his way, disobedience or procrastination.

If we procrastinate on God, He may very well procrastinate on us. We can be sure the problem is not lying in God’s hands.

God’s Promises To His Children

Psalm 55:22 (NASB) Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. 

If we are shaken, it is not God’s fault. He has no faults. However we do, and if we can learn what those faults are, we can remove the hindrances to our receiving of his blessings and benefits.

Too often we try to bargain with God. We tell Him, if he does “such and so” we will do_____. We really need to remember God has every desire to give good gifts to his children and He will withhold nothing good from us.                                                                                                                       

Psalm 84:11   For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.                                                                                                                                             

Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 11:28 (NASB)  Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. This is God’s promise and desire. Sometimes we go around weary and heavy-laden and exhausted from the stress and problems we face. What’s the problem? Have we not humbled and submitted to Him and his instruction OR have we not come to him in prayer and laid our cares down?

Philippians 4:6-9 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you

God’s Word instructs us TO WORRY ABOUT NOTHING! Instead we are to pray and give thanks and tell God what we need and want! (If when we do this, if God instructs us to do something, then we should follow through and the peace of God will then come!)

Paul also reminds the Philippians to keep their heart and mind in/on the right things…see above. Phil. 4:8-9

Even in the most threating and difficult times, God promises to be with us…Luke 12:11 (NASB)  "When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;
 

God promises to provide for us as well. Luke 12:22-25  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.  24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?  25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

Psalm 37:5 (NASB) Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

I think this means; you commit your way, do what God says and trust Him to do what you cannot do.

What care, need, burden, sin or weakness, etc. do you need to cast on the Lord?

Your Response in Surrender and Prayer: Dear Lord, I believe you desire to give good things to your children, especially inward peace and joy. I confess that I have not always come to you and received the benefits that you offer. I have stressed, worried and tried to fix things on my own that only you can fix. I ask you to help me know what I am suppose to do and give me the strength and wisdom to do rightly. I ask you to take care of these things (TELL GOD ABOUT YOUR NEEDS AND DESIRES) and I believe your timing will be perfect. Help me to live in patience and great confidence that you are working in behalf of my good and the resolve of these situations. Thank you for giving me peace and satisifaction in knowing that you are well able to take care of all my needs. I receive my inner rest and peace in You and I will rejoice that you are in control of all these things. In Jesus name, Amen.




August 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Everything We Need For Godly Living

         

2 Peter 1:3-15  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledgeof Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.  5Now for this very reason also, applying all diligencein your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge;  6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;  7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.  8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.  10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;  11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.  12 Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.  13 And I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,  14knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.  15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you may be able to call these things to mind.

The Apostle Peter refreshes the memories of the followers of Christ concerning the things that are most important for godly living. He wants there to be no fall out in their faith. He reminds the believers that God has given them divine power and everything that is needed pertaining life and godliness through TRUE KNOWLEDGE. God is able to keep that which we have committed to Him against that day. How powerful is God’s divine power? His power is ALL POWERFUL! Over all power! Power to speak into existence and power to shake the world and all that is therein.

Peter also reminds believers that God by his glory and excellence has called us. We are not our own! He has called us!

Peter has great concern for the flock he tended lest the devil/crafty one snare them.                                    

Peter desires that none of those who were following Christ would fall away by the deception and craftiness of the wicked one. Although they/we were living among a corrupt people, believers are to have no part with the darkness of the wicked one. We are called and chosen to come out from among them and be separate a people. Peter instructs and appropriately gives warning of the evil plots of the devil.

Peter desires to have precious fruit to the glory of God. He doesn’t want his labor to be in vain. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FALL AWAY FROM THE FAITH. It’s possible to lose your salvation. We are instructed to ENDURE TO THE END! 

Paul spoke to the church and said this…(1 Thessalonians 3:4-6  4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.  5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.  6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you.

PAUL SAID THIS TO THE CHURCH AT PHILLIPHI (Philippians 2:15-16 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.)

PAUL SAID THIS TO THE CHURCH AT GALATIA: (Galatians 3:1-4  KJV O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?  2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  3 Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?  4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.)

PAUL SAID THIS TO THE CHURCH AT CORINTH: (2 Corinthians 5:20 - 6:1 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. KJV 2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.)

DON'T LET THE GRACE OF GOD UPON YOU BE IN VAIN!

Peter reminds believers that God has given us everything we need to live Godly in this present world. Peter instructs followers of Christ to be diligent and alert.

THE TRUTH IS: We Can Live Godly In This Present World

PROVISION MADE: Through God’s Divine PowerKnowledge & Promises

BELIEVERS PARTAKE IN HIS DIVINE NATURE: His Spirit is within us

OUR DUTY: We are to make Effort (work, pursue, push, and apply ourselves, struggle, chase, diligence

These are things we must to live Godly in this present world. These are things we must continue in and build upon so not to receive the grace of God in vain! — WE ARE TO ADD, TO BUILD UPON:

  1. Diligence
  2. Moral Excellence
  3. Knowledge
  4. Self-Control
  5. Perseverance
  6. Godliness
  7. Brotherly kindness
  8. Love

WARNING, don’t lack these qualities: he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted. It seems that lacking these qualities refers to a person being blind and renders him/her vulnerable and lacking to pure and godly character.

If the believer doesn’t PRACTICE THESE THINGS, he/she will stumble and fall. (“be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble”)

Peter says, “God has shown me that my departure/death is imminent. ”Peter wants them to remain in Christ and his full success. Like a parent on his death bed, Peter gives spiritual instruction and wisdom for the success of those he has invested in.

Peter is looking ahead and seeing that wolves. Wickedness is prevalent among them. He sees that the wicked one is always on the prow. Peter wants nothing to deter, hinder or entrap those who have received the good news of Jesus Christ.

 


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