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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.

 




August 3, 2017, 11:47 AM

Is there a man of God in the city?

There is a man of God in the city — July 23, 2017

1 Samuel 9:1-6  NAS 1 Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.  2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.  3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys."  4 And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father cease to be concerned about the donkeys and become anxious for us."  6 And he said to him, "Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out."

Do they know who you are; can they tell you have been with God?  

  • Characteristics of men/people of God. Bringing Truth, Discernment, Prophetic in that they hear from God, Healing, Delivering, Etc.
  • Blessings men/people of God bring: They are salt of the earth, light of the world, healing to society, wisdom to the hearers, soothing to the troubled.

Are you known as a man/woman of God? Can people look to you for a right word?

  • God has his ways to get you to the right people and He also has his ways of getting the right people to you.
  • Sometimes God shoos our prized donkeys away from us so we can get to the man of God and/or the man of God can get to us.
  • Don’t get so concerned over the lost donkeys that you fail to see what the process is really about.        
  • Often it is in the search of finding the “donkeys” that we find and take hold of the most important thing that is missing.
  • Saul’s father’s donkeys were not nearly as important as what God has for Saul to find. Sometimes God leads us down strange paths to get us to the right place and the right person.
  • Saul was ready to forget traveling and searching for his dad’s donkeys because he knew his dads heart would be more concerned for him than his property of donkeys.
  • Sometimes God allows us to exhaust our efforts of searching and trying so that we know nothing except the miraculous word and power of God. 
  • Don’t be afraid to seek out council from a person of the Spirit.                                                                                                                                                   

    Someone says, “There is a man of God in the city that we could ask for a word on the matter. God gives wisdom, truth and discernment to those who have been with him. We will speak by his Spirit.                                                  

John 15:26-27  "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me,  27 and you will bear witness also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

 “Having been with the Lord, or the Lord having been with them” means, they had his Spirit, wisdom and power abiding within them and they would witness his words of truths.

You and I will not get everything we need apart from community and the body of Christ. All through the Scripture God uses people to bring instructions and confirmations of his will to others. It’s not “me and Jesus got our own thing going and we don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about.”  Saul of Tarsus who later became one of the chief apostles needed someone to lay hands on him to receive the Holy Spirit.  Saul of Tarsus saw Jesus but Jesus instructed him to go to a certain street and a certain person (Ananias) to get some help, receive the baptism of the holy Spirit and free him of physical blindness. God has always partnered with people! (Acts 22)

Gen 41, Pharaoh dreamed a dreamJoseph was searched out to interpret the dream. Daniel chapter 1-3. King  Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and God sent Daniel to interpret the dream and bring wisdom to the king

    May I tell you, God has a man; God has a woman with his word in their mouth!

Throughout the Scriptures God’s hand is recognized on men and women of God. Even the fear of the Lord had fallen on people and they were afraid of putting their hand against the people of God because they knew they had been with God and God was with them to fight for them, speak to them and protect them. There was Jacob whom God was with. (Genesis 35:1-20)  

There was Moses, the leader and the people of Israel. It was evident to all the people around that God had been with Moses and the people to provide and fight for them as they traveled in the wilderness.  (Deuteronomy 2:7)  

The people of Israel were feared because of the blessings of the Lord. Their enemies tried to get the prophet to curse God’s people but instead only a blessing came on them.

 Because of the blessings and protection of God on his people, heathens like Rahab feared to bring harm against the people of God, she turned  and aligned herself with God and his people and her life was spared when the wall of Jericho fell down as the God’s people marched around it by the command of the Lord and when the walls fell, they  destroyed their enemies and saved Rahab and her entire household. 

God says of David2 Samuel 7:8-9  "Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be ruler over My people Israel.  9 "And I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth.

Not only is there a man/person in the city, but they have a city within them. They have a promise; they have a dream, a vision, an assurance to a better country, a city, a home, a tabernacle. Inside their heart they hold to the promise of a city.




April 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Five Ways To Live In Harmony With One Another 

      (Taken From Chapters Romans 14 & 15 - See Scripture below)

  1. Welcome them: Are you so weak or small that you cannot tolerate someone with different opinions than yourself? Do they really have to have everything in common with you before you welcome them? Do they have to be strong and “cleaned up” spiritually before you welcome them?
  2. Accept them: Not everyone has arrived at the same understanding of truth. While there is one path, one God, one interpretation of God’s word, not everyone is at the same point in the destination. The track of maturity and knowledge is probably beyond what we comprehend; let’s accept believers wherever they are without rejecting their person. One does not have to embrace their theology to embrace their person. Let us be always kind, always loving, always seeking understanding and always true to God. In the same way Christ accepted you without any guarantees and in your mess. How did He accept you? He took you in as his own son or daughter. He held you close and forgave you without counting or reminding you of your past sins and failures or holding them against you. He is always ready to forgive you because He remembers your weak frame and that you are dust. He became a servant to you so that He would glorify his Father in Heaven. He lavished his love on you and gave you the Kingdom of God. He put in in his will and gave you inheritance in all things rich and small. Finally He promises you and home in Heaven with Him and his big beautiful family for all eternity.
  3. Don’t Criticize and/or Argue:  Others may do what you cannot do in good conscience. What right do we have to criticize the Lord’s servant? God is the ultimate and final Judge. While judging a deed is sometimes needful and biblical, judging the heart of individuals is not our job; only God knows the motives and deepest part of ones heart and spirit. What right do we have to criticize the Lord’s servant? What profit does one gain to win an argument? It is possible to win an argument and loose a friend. No need to make issues on non-essential things, beliefs and behaviors of others. Everyone will stand before the supreme Judge. All of us will give account for ourselves. Every servant will rise or fall before his own Master.
  4. Never Be A Stumbling Block To Others: It is offensive to God if the believer does not care about other’s welfare. God grieves and will not hold us guiltless when his children lives their lives haphazardly causing his brother or sister to lose faith in Him. In fact, Jesus says, “If you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea (Matthew 18:6 NIV).   .  New believers and the lambs are vulnerable. Watch your speech and actions. If your liberty is offensive to the lambs, you should be willing to forfeit your rights for love and harmony and their welfare. 
  5. Practice Patience:  Be patient with the weakness of your brother and sister. Follow the example of Christ who did not please Himself, rather He patiently suffered the insults of others and patiently modeled what is righteous. As you desire others to be and do toward you, do the same with them.                                                                                                                               Romans 14:1 - 15:9  NLT Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don't argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.  2 For instance, one person believes it's all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.  3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don't. And those who don't eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.  4 Who are you to condemn someone else's servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord's help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval.  5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.  6 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.  7 For we don't live for ourselves or die for ourselves.  8 If we live, it's to honor the Lord. And if we die, it's to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose-- to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.  10 So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.  11 For the Scriptures say, " 'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, 'every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God. ' "  12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.  13 So let's stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.  14 I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.  15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don't let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.  16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.  17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.  19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.  20 Don't tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble.  21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.  22 You may believe there's nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don't feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.  23 But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.                                                                                                                                                        NLT Romans 15:1 We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.  2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.  3 For even Christ didn't live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, "The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me."  4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled.  5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.  6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  7 Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.  8 Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors.  9 He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them.

 


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