Fri, Jan 27th - 3:40AM
I pray for each and every saint (G40 hagios): 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 1:10-11 (KJV)
What does God mean by patience? Brothers and sisters, we must take hold on God’s word, and obey Him out of love. How can our hearts not help but burst with love for Lord Jesus, who gave His all for us that we would be cleansed from ALL our sins and brought into His marvelous unmerited Grace, wherein we now stand as dear children of the Living God. Our God is the eternal living God.
He commands us to have a joyful attitude in the mists of our trials, understanding that IT IS ONLY A TEST, which He allows to build us up, not take us down. He will richly reward us in due season; However, God NEVER tempts anyone.
While Christians can be tempted to sin-NONE CAN EVER BE COERCED TO SIN.
Our STANCE in the midst of temptations; trials, etc. is patience.
Children of the Living God, let us get God’s perspective on what constitutes true patience. God gives a full rich description of what patience truly is: G5281 hypomone- meaning cheerful or hopeful endurance, constancy:-enduring, patience, patient continuance ( (waiting). There is no need to take a “grit your teeth and hold on for dear life” stance under the pressures of trials. God is always with us and of course always in us to help us. All Christians have, are and will go through these trials. We also have the body of Christ too, where we mutually help one another. Our consistent response to our trials tell us who we really are. Those that belong to Christ, understand and know that God can be trusted, and obey God out of love.
Mon, Jan 23rd - 3:50PM
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakeable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9 (KJV)
Look beloveds, even in the midst of heaviness meaning: to distress; reflexive or passive to be sad :- cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow (-ful), be (make) sorry.—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, we can still rejoice. Why? Because we know it is only a test, common to all believers. Because God will and is well able to keep us by His power, no matter how great the trial. I know this might seem utterly contradictory and confusing that we can rejoice in sufferings. However the simple truth is that we can ALWAYS rejoice in the Lord, regardless of any suffering or trial.
Therefore, God teaches us:
1. Emotions of sadness or distress can, sometimes, arise out of our trials; but these are only temporary discomforts, which will be overcome through our love, belief, trust and joy in Jesus Christ, through His power.
2. Our trust is in the love, faithfulness and goodness of God, not in our emotions or feelings, situations, circumstances or conditions.
3. Our trust must be in God, not our feelings.
4. God ordains these various trials to test our faith.
5. We can relish the fact that God gives us the privilege to experience growth in our integrity/godly character, and to pass these tests out of love for Him. He already knows these things, but wants us to know them as well.
6. THIS TOO SHALL PASS-WITH PATIENCE.
Again and again, in many Bible passages God tells us to rejoice greatly. To some this might mean to just be happy; but it means so much more than that. To greatly rejoice means (G21agalliao) to jump for joy, i.e. exult:-be exceeding, with exceeding joy, rejoice (greatly). If we bring our attitudes in line with what God wants in our trials, this will be our first step to the victory He has already obtained for us.
Sat, Jan 21st - 10:44AM
God WILL ALWAYS GIVE US HIS BEST. Beloveds I freely admit, that there have been times when I prayed for snakes, but God gave me fish instead, because He can never honor a prayer request that will neither honor Himself nor be good for us, by injuring us. Children of light, there have been times in my life I have prayed for stones, but God gave me bread instead, because He would never give any of us things that will not glorify Himself, nor nourish His children.
Like the great, loving, and Most Holy Father that He is, He continuously protects us, even to the point of denying us things that would destroy us, that we ask for in ignorance.
Saints (G40 hagios), the morning has come here in my city, and the sun cannot be seen due to the cloud cover. Nevertheless, the Son, our true eternal light has arisen in my heart, and yours. I give God thanks for His eternal love, integrity, and faithfulness. Praise Him with me, children of light, for He is God and there is none like Him for He alone is God.
I exhort any brother or sister, to understand that trials, tribulations, and persecutions will come to all who are godly. I exhort any brother or sister to refrain from seeing these fiery trials as somehow strange, or peculiar; for our Lord Himself tells everyone of us:
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
1 Peter 4:12-19 (KJV)
Herein, the Holy Spirit teaches us seven things:
1. The correct spiritual attitude, also backs up Jas. etc.
2. The purpose of our sufferings in God’s will.
3. Why Christians suffer.
4. How to apply the word in our sufferings.
5. The rewards of our sufferings.
6. Important to note the behaviors for which God gives No reward arising out of our own misconduct, that cause us to suffer.
7. Absolutely explains the right reason we suffer as opposed to suffering for the wrong reasons.
Mon, Jan 16th - 8:21AM
There are countless books written for Christians about how to cope or deal with various kinds of adversities that bring us trials and temptations. Gurus and pundits even advise “telling God off” which is blasphemous.
Yet we have to look no further than the book of James, where God is willing and able to teach us and give us the ability and wisdom on how to cope with various temptations- those external to us, and those arising from within out of our own wrongful desires.
Brothers and sisters, we must understand and live the scriptures; and like dear little children completely trust in our eternally faithful, and loving God who is everlasting, unchanging truth, without a shadow of a doubt. He knows what is best for us than we can ever know on our own.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:2-3 (KJV)
Some might react to this passage with: “Whaaat!” How could anyone count any terrible trials and temptations with joy?
Doesn’t the world teach us that prolonged mourning, anguish, and anger is the norm for dealing with trials? Do not the gurus and pundits teach that life is to be one of continuous happiness?
Dear friends, if we rely solely on ourselves, and/or dealing with these things the world’s way we will needlessly compound, and worsen our lives, and potentially others as well.
Sat, Jan 14th - 4:41AM
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Prov 3:5-6 (KJV)
Every aspect of our lives can be dealt well, with God’s wisdom rather than looking only to our own selves.
There is a famous talk show host who preaches that there are “many roads to God”, and who thinks that by her many philanthropic deeds, she can bypass Jesus and gain God’s favor, of course there are many others who also preach this false doctrine. A person might sincerely believe that they can come to God, based on their own works of righteousness. They are sincerely wrong-and a fool.
However Isa. 64: 6 reminds all men that human righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God. Again our God warns:
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Prov 12:15 (KJV)
God says in His Absolute Gospel: 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 3:36 (KJV)
God is not playing any games with anybody. ALL must come through Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God-or don't come at all. God absolutely means business about this.
Dear friends of Jesus, we must proclaim everywhere that we can to one and all-do not mess with God, take Him at His word according to the scriptures. Anyone who rejects Jesus Christ, will pay for it by burning forever in the lake of fire with everlasting torment. We should never be ashamed, or afraid to preach the whole Gospel, that is what God demands. If someone wants to get offended at the Gospel message, it is totally irrelevant and utterly of no importance to God, and should not be to us as well.
Fri, Jan 13th - 4:34AM
All thanks honor and praise to our Triune God, who is forever blessed. Jesus loves us so, with a love past all understanding. Because of Him, beloveds, the sky seems bluer, the grass seems greener, the day seems brighter and sweeter, and in the night He gives us songs. Because of Jesus, we can pay what we truly owe to Him, one another and all men.
Beloveds let us continue with the parable of the sower. Mt. 13:20-21 notes a person who just receives the word with joy, but is immediately offended when tribulation or persecution arises, and turns away not being rooted in Christ.
Next we see in Mt. 13:22 we see the person who is more concerned with worldly things and money, and allows these things to become the priority of his life not Christ. These first three were only hearers of the word, and choose not to be doers. They chose to reject Christ.
It can be tempting to think that these first three persons do not seem to be so bad, surely God is being too harsh. Dear saints (G40 hagios) God’s standard is eternal and unchanging; He does not force or try to argue someone into the kingdom in stages.
Jesus absolutely does not compromise, make bargains, or receive “partial” belief of His final, finished and complete Gospel.
Lord Jesus warns: 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matt 7:13-14 (KJV)
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves
James 1:22 (KJV)
23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
Luke 11:23 (KJV)
Those that truly belong to God’s kingdom receive and hear and believe Him immediately; bearing evidence of their salvation in consistent godly lives and deeds patiently over time. Mt. 13:23
Unbelievers have many reasons for rejecting Jesus; none which are acceptable or excusable. When we understand the parable of the sower, we also gain understanding of the wheat and the tares. Unbelievers are planted by the devil amongst the saints for the purpose of trying to hinder their growth, persecute, and trouble the saints, but in the end of the age, God shall separate unbelievers from His children.
Thu, Jan 5th - 2:37PM
I praise my God for the joy of His Salvation. What a joy to rise in the morning, knowing that Lord Jesus is there to greet me, and has kept me through the night. What a blessing to fellowship with God throughout my day, and to run to Him a thousand times with every expression of love, every difficulty, every need, every prayer. The fact that He loves me, that His power keeps me, that He has given the Bible to know Him, and as an anchor, eternal standard to live by out of love for Him-keeps me grounded, and stable regardless of my circumstances, conditions, or situations. He does this for ALL the saints (G40 hagios). He desires us all to know Him personally, intimately and well, and this we will do through His Holy Spirit.
He gives us so much joy, that we cannot help but want to share our God, to tell as many as we can about Him, so that others too, will know Him, will escape eternal damnation, to have everlasting life through His Son, our only Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ.
Beloveds let us continue to look at the parable of the sower. There are certain false interpretations of this parable that must be dispelled. Another false interpretation is that each receiver of the seed (word of God) represents various stages of "readiness"; "evolving spiritually", "and/ or gradual conversion" before believing the Gospel.
God interprets His word by His word and also backs up His word by His word, you will hear me say this again and again-for this is vital to correctly understanding and interpreting His word. Beloveds we do not have to be gurus, scholars, or hold a degree to understand the scriptures-the Holy Spirit that indwells us, teaches and enables us to understand and live God's word.
Acts 17:30-31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but NOW commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. The word NOW means: (tanyn G3569) NOW-at present. See Heb. 4:6-7.
Now is the acceptable time to believe the Gospel message-tomorrow may be too late. It is also evident that the parable of the prodigal son, cannot be used to support the false concept of gradual conversion etc. Please feel free to examine the parable of the prodigal son on your own, as no study can be exhaustive,we all have a part through the Holy Sprit in helping one another to know and live God's word.
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