Thu, Nov 26th - 3:26AM
THE FINAL ANSWER PART 3
Bless the Lord always, and in everything for He alone is worthy, faithful, holy and true. Little children, I marvel at His mercy, for it is so great, though none can earn nor deserve it, He gives it abundantly. Little children let us love Him and one another and others fervently, and do all the good that is in our hands to do by His power. Let us show our love through obedience to Him from our hearts.
Blessed of the Lord, some, but not all despise the poor, but those who truly love the Lord know that we will always have them, and must not condemn them for their lack. My beloveds’ some but not all find it hard to believe that there are some so poor that they have nothing to give. I believe many who look down on poor persons do so out of ignorance or misinterpretation of the Holy Bible. They like to quote the first of the verses that follow, and misinterpret it to say that every poor person should give in this way.
1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
Luke 21:1-4 (KJV)
This poor widow gave more than them all, even though her gift was the smallest, Jesus showing that the spirit of the gift is the true value not the size. She gave out of her heart which made her gift more acceptable in Jesus’ eyes. A gift given for show or with a grudge has no value in God’s eyes.
Dear children of light we must study the word of God and correctly interpret it. This poor widow was Jewish and according to the Levitical law widows were provided food, and even received a portion of certain tithes along with the priests.( See Dt. 26:12-13)
There is no excuse for anyone trying to extract money out of those who are truly poor, and unable to give, for doing so is taking what little bread they have out of their mouths and out of the mouths of their children. We must trust God’s word on this:
When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. My underline not the scriptures.
Luke 14:12-14 (KJV)
Some but not all like to say that there is an earthly solution to poverty, and that we can entirely do away with it, but the Holy Bible says:
11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Deut 15:11 (KJV)
7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
Mark 14:7 (KJV)
God will bless us holy brethren, as we do His will out of love:
1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
Psalms 41:1-2 (KJV)
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Prov 19:17 (KJV)
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
Prov 29:7 (KJV)
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
2 Cor 9:6-9 (KJV)
From the Old to the New Testament the saints are instructed to care for the poor, as well as the sick and others, not condemn them or blame them due to their lack.
No one who has visited the shelters, food pantries or become friends with some one who is poor can fail to understand how some of them do not eat everyday because of lack. Others choose to go hungry so that their children can have enough to eat. Some of these people work regularly, but still do not earn enough to escape poverty. This is going on in America and abroad.
Holy children, I pray that our Lord will help us to give to the poor without condemning them. I pray that we will help in what ever way we can including donating to food pantries, food depositories, residential homes for abandoned children, shelters for homeless men, women and their children, organizations that care for the poor world wide, etc.. Blessed are those of us who choose to give, as we are able out of love for Jesus and others, assuredly our God will pay us back at the resurrection of the just.
Next time, Lord willing, we will look at other Christians who love the Lord, but misinterpret the scriptures and believe that they can earn God’s favor. Until then trust Jesus even as you are committed to doing, for He alone is our truth who alone is our light, having no darkness in Him, nor shadow of turning. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5 (KJV)
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matt 25:33-36 (KJV) see this whole chapter, saints.
Mon, Nov 16th - 12:25PM
THE FINAL ANSWER PART 2
Thanks be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus who has given His Son for us all, that we can love Him who first loved us. Let us not fall short in love offerings, praises, and worship, as well as fellowship in private, and publicly with the body. He alone is worthy, and His word is the final answer for the whole earth.
Dear children of light as I have mentioned before, no saint has to be a scholar, guru, theologian, or attend seminary to know the word of God. The Holy Bible is simple and easy to understand, and there are many helpers including godly teachers, preachers, saints studying/ teaching one another and helping one another to grow, and many other resources. But the bottom line, only through the Holy Spirit can we understand, correctly interpret and live God’s word. I see no problem with attending a seminary, or having a degree in biblical studies, if one prefers this as a way of learning the scriptures.
However major problems arises when having these things are made into a false standard for the church, elevating it from some one’s personal preference to the standard in the body of Christ. The second thing that arises from this is a false hierarchy, the body is devalued as “laymen” or “laity” (means those who do not hold such degrees and/or training) and those holding these degrees or training elevate and call themselves “ the clerics”. Thirdly they glorify themselves and their teachers; while much if not more references are made to mere men rather than Jesus and God’s word. Finally the “laity” is not trusted as volunteers, but is devalued and poorly developed, because only those who are “clerics” as defined before are deemed capable or worthy as having a place in the work of the church, usually they have to be hired for pay, saddling the “laity” with sometimes a huge financial burden. The end stage is that these become closed ministries circulating only among other “clerics” and although they may continue to preach the word, are separated, losing touch with the head, and out of touch with the body and some fall thereby. The Holy Bible is clear, the body is never divided and all saints are equal, although we have separate work in and among the body.
Beloveds let us return to those saints who believe, but think that their personal sense of God’s guidance is all that is necessary, although they fully understand that God’s people live above the law, and recognize that only through grace are we forgiven by faith and not works. Yet they still try and do promote emotions, personal opinions and preferences above Jesus. This is like jumping into a car not knowing how to drive, and the result is that the car goes all over the place, due to a lack of how to control and drive the vehicle. Sadly Christians operating this way, give the church a black eye, and make us all look foolish in the eyes of unbelievers. In 2 Corinthians The apostle Paul notes in I co. 14(see the whole chapter).
1Co 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
This was a chaotic church full of disorder and a cacophony of every body doing his or own thing. This kind of thing is stil greatly displeasing and unacceptable to God, and still going on today. It tears down rather than builds up the church. How often does this refusal to adhere to scripture cause the church to lack authority and credibility in the eyes of unbelievers such as when we hear some church pronounce the date and some even the time, when the world will end? This despite the scriptures warning that only God has reserved this information to and for Himself only.
Jesus whom we love, because He first loved us, and granted us who believe His grace, and the privilege of becoming His own dear children, through no merit whatsoever of our own, but by His mercy and work alone, has left us His word to study/ correctly interpreted, to guide us to know Him, to understand Him, how much He loves us, how He wants and enables us to live for Him, by Him and through Him and how to love Him as well as others. Jesus has given us His word as the sole road map to Himself. Let us treasure Him, love Him and love His word. Let us stop here for now, Lord willing I hope to meet with you again. Until then let us remember the poor, to visit the sick and pray for all men everywhere, especially the house of God.
Sun, Nov 8th - 3:06PM
THE FINAL ANSWER
All teachings MUST be confirmed/tested by the Holy Bible
Praise the great name of the Living God who alone is the possessor of heaven and earth, who has created all things for His pleasure, and by His determinate will do they exist. He is our Maker and Creator, we belong to Him by His mercy and grace. Let us continually extend to Him all glory, worship, honor and love with thanksgiving for He alone is worthy. Say it with me dear children of God, He alone is worthy!
Children of light, we live in times when there are those who deny objective truth, and like to say truth is whatever a person thinks it is. That is every body has their own truth, and all truth is good. That is- until it comes to the Holy Holy Bible- then suddenly, those who hold God’s truth as the final word are seen as rigid, narrow minded, bigoted, and unfair to others.
The secular world also preaches that everyone has a right to their own beliefs, until it comes to the church of God. Now secular society does not mind the social function of the church, as long as they keep their mouths shut, that is not preach the gospel. Certainly good works of all kinds is a notable feature of the church, but the main goal of the church of Jesus Christ is to preach the gospel, so that many will be saved through His name.
Saints we must never compromise the word of God . God is not subject to the authority of men, governments, nor any institution. He is sovereign and His word correctly interpreted is the final standard and sole authority for the whole earth. I like the encouragement found in one of Bro’ Larry’s post that we must take God as our guide and His word as our compass. The constant bombardment against the objective truth of the scriptures must be rejected on every hand without compromise.
Now among the church I believe that there are people who love and trust in the Lord, yet because they misinterpret the scriptures, are discouraged, and get into many difficulties due to ignorance of the Holy Bible. For instance there are some Christians who believe that Christians need no guidelines, their personal emotions, opinions and preferences are all that is needed, and they tend to devalue the Holy Bible. We will stop here for now, Lord willing, I hope to see you here again next time. Unitl then, trust in the king, and rest in His word.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
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