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Monday, July 24, 2017

Materialism

Bible Questions Answered:
“Where does it say we shouldnt want things?...”
Rox/ Fair Oaks, California U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

The Word never says we are not to want things, it says we are not to love and worship things, in place of God.

Exodus 20:3,4 KJV (Commandments I & II)
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

4Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.

Earthly objects may easily become “first place,” in our lives. Our shiny new car, yes its Sunday, but if we want our costly investment to last, we'd better stay home and wax it. Sure we should tithe but if we don't skimp and save everything, we'll never get that big screen T.V., like the neighbors, in time for the football season. Etc. etc.

God, second, third or last place, and earthly things first place over God, than we are worshiping another god.

Our God, knows that we need things, but we are not to let them usurp His place in our lives.

Matthew 6:8 KJV
“...your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.”

A true materialist, has no place for God, and to be without The Lord, is to be lost.

What The Word Says About Materialism:

Deuteronomy 8:10-16 NLT
10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise The Lord your God for the good land He has given you.
11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget The Lord your God and disobey His commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.
12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,
13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!
14 Do not become proud at that time and forget The Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
15 Do not forget that He led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from The Rock!
16 He fed you with Manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.

Amos 6:1,4-7 KJV
1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;
6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Proverbs 11:4 KJV
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 15:16,17 KJV
16 Better is little with the fear of The Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Proverbs 22:1 KJV
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Ezekiel 7:19 KJV
They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of The Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity.

Ezekiel 16:49 KJV
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 KJV
Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 5:10,15 NLT
10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
15 We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.

Zephaniah 1:18 NLT
Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of The Lord’s anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of His jealousy. He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth

Haggai 2:8 KJV
The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith The Lord Of Hosts.

Matthew 6:19-34 KJV
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.
23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?
27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your
Heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 16:26 KJV
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 19:21 KJV
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.

Mark 4:18,19 KJV
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear The Word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mark 8:31-37 KJV
31 And He began to teach them, that The Son Of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And He spake that saying openly. And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him.
33 But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
34 And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Luke 12:15-21 KJV
15 And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And He spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Luke 16:14,15 NLT
14 The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at Him.
15 Then He said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.

II Corinthians 4:18 KJV
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Philippians 3:7,8 NLT
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ

Philippians 4:11-13 KJV
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Colossians 3:2 KJV
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

I Timothy 6:6-12 KJV
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Hebrews 13:5 KJV
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

James 5:1-3 NLT
1 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.
2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags.
3 Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment.

I John 2:15-17 KJV
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of The Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of The Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Moses of old warned the people of God....

Deuteronomy 4:24 KJV
For The Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Jesus said...

Luke 16:13 NLT
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”

Our God requires of His people, complete surrender of their affections, either The Lord is first place, or He is at no place at all.

Prayer:

Isaiah 45:22 KJV
Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Acts 4:12 KJV
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

I John 1:8-10 KJV
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and The Truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: For God's Adoptive Child.

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: For God's Adopted Child.

Bible Text:

Romans 8:15-18,22,23 KJV
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received The Spirit Of Adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of The Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

The Lord's Request:

Romans 8:17 KJV
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him...”

Hebrews 12:7 KJV
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom The father chasteneth not?

The Lord's Promise:

Romans 8:17 KJV
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.

Hebrews 2:11 KJV
For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Child of God, you have been adopted into the family of God!

Galatians 4:4-7 KJV
4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth The Spirit Of His Son into your hearts, crying,
Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT
4 Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
5 God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through
Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.
6 So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son.

Suffering With The Lord:

Psalm 34:19 KJV
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Matthew 5:10-12 KJV
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 10:22,38 KJV
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.

Matthew 11:28 KJV
Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Mark 13:13 KJV
And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 9:23-26 KJV
23 And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Luke 14:27 KJV
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.

John 16:33 KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Acts 5:41 KJV
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.

Romans 5:3-5 KJV
"... we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by The Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 8:17,18,35-39 KJV
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:14 KJV
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

I Corinthians 10:13 NLT
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.

II Corinthians 1:3-7 NLT
3 All praise to God, The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our Merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ.
6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

II Corinthians 4:8-10,17 KJV
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of The Lord Jesus, that the Life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

II Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought The Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Philippians 1:29 KJV
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake;

Philippians 3:8-11 KJV
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

II Thessalonians 1:1-12 KJV
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and
The Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord, and from the glory of His power;
10 When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power:
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and The Lord Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 1:8 KJV
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for Him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of The Good News.

II Timothy 2:3,4 KJV
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

II Timothy 3:12 KJV
Yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Hebrews 12:10,11 NLT
10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness.
11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

James 1:2-4,12 KJV
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which The Lord hath promised to them that love Him.

James 5:10,11 KJV
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of
The Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of The Lord; that The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

I Peter 1:6,7 KJV
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 of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I Peter 3:14,17 KJV
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

I Peter 4:1,12-19 KJV
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
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.

Revelation 2:10 KJV
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 21:3-5 KJV
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new..."

We Are The Children Of God:

Matthew 5:9 KJV
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 12:50 KJV
For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother.

John 1:12,13 NLT
12 But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.
13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Romans 8:29 KJV
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be The Firstborn among many brethren.

II Corinthians 6:17,18 KJV
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith
The Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be A Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith The Lord Almighty.

Galatians 3:26-29 KJV
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 2:18,19 NLT
18 Now all of us can come to The Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

I John 3:1 KJV
Behold, what manner of love The Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.

As Christians, we have been adopted into the very family of God, and become heirs of Christ.
Nevertheless the order of life has never changed, first the cross, then the crown. Will life contain suffering, many are suffering right now around the world for their faith. Whatever comes our way, we know that our Lord, will never leave or forsake us, one day He will reward the faithful.

Hebrew 13:5 KJV
"... For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I Corinthians 2:9 KJV
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.

Prayer:

Romans 5:7,8 KJV
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23 KJV
For the wages of sin is death; but The Gift Of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

I John 3:1 KJV
Behold, what manner of love The Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God..."

I Belong To The King

I belong to The King; I’m a child of His love,
I shall dwell in His palace so fair,
For He tells of its bliss in yon heaven above,
And His children in splendor shall share.

Refrain

I belong to The King; I’m a child of His love,
And He never forsaketh His own.
He will call me some day to His palace above;
I shall dwell by His glorified throne.

I belong to The King, and He loves me I know,
For His mercy and kindness so free
Are unceasingly mine wheresoever I go,
And my Refuge unfailing is He.

Refrain

I belong to The King, and His promise is sure:
That we all shall be gathered at last
In His kingdom above, by life’s waters so pure,
When this life with its trials is past.

Refrain

Words: Ida L. Reed, 1896
Music: J. Lincoln Hall

Hear the music, copy and paste this URL into your web browser and hit enter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eZK9Vg2Bkk&list=PL9dLzgPAvtU9Ff0QA5KCQ3ttH4ASGviO_

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Judgment Of Evil Spirits

Bible Questions Answered:
“...man to be judged at great throne judgment, but when so evil spirits judged?...”
Refiloe/ Gauteng Kempton Park, South Africa

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Lucifer (Satan, the Devil), and his fallen angels, have already been judged, only their sentence is waiting.

John 16:11 NLT
"... the ruler of this world has already been judged."

Who are the evil angels?

Hebrews 1:13,14 KJV
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

This speaks of God's good angels, they minister to the child of God.
God's ministers help and bless His children, they are the angles of God.

Satan's (angels) ministers are sent to torment and oppress men, they are fallen angels.
II Corinthians 11:14,15 KJV
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers* (angels) also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness (Deceivers); whose end shall be according to their works (Judgment).

Ministers-Greek: Diakonia (Dee-ak-on-ee-ah): To run on errands; an attendant, minister, servant.

Evil Spirits Sentenced:

Job 4:18 KJV
"...His angels He charged with folly:

Matthew 8:28,29 KJV
28 And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son Of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

II Peter 2:4 KJV
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

One school of thought here is that, not all evil angels were chained in darkness, only the more powerful ones. Meaning that throngs of others were left for Satan's bidding, here on earth.

Jude 1:6 KJV
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

What will be the final abode of Satan and his evil angels?

Matthew 25:41 KJV
Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Revelation 20:10 KJV
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Prayer:

John 3:36 KJV
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.

Acts 4:12 KJV
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Calamities And Disasters

Bible Questions Answered:
“...doesn't bad weather etc. come to those who deserve it?...”
Randy/Wenatchee, Washington  U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Luke 13:1-5 ERV
1 Some people there with Jesus at that time told Him about what had happened to some worshipers from Galilee. Pilate had them killed. Their blood was mixed with the blood of the animals they had brought for sacrificing.
2 Jesus answered, “Do you think this happened to those people because they were more sinful than all other people from Galilee?
3 No, they were not. But if you don’t decide now to change your lives, you will all be destroyed like those people!

4 And what about those 18 people who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think they were more sinful than everyone else in Jerusalem?
5 They were not. But I tell you if you don’t decide now to change your lives, you will all be destroyed too!”

Here we are given two questions presented to Jesus, having to deal with different calamities.

The first tells of some Galilaeans who Pilate had murdered, their blood was mixed with the animals blood in the sacrifices they had made.

We are not told what these Galilaeans had done, nor does Jesus stop to discuss the direct will of God, versus His permissive will, as far as their deaths were concerned.

What or who causes disasters, was never discussed with Jesus:

God:
Jonah 1:4 KJV (John 9:2)
But The Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

The Devil:
Matthew 8:23,24 KJV (Job 1:12/2:6; Matthew 14:24)
23 And when He was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him.
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves..."

Nature:
Matthew 16:2,3 KJV
2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

What Jesus does address, is the frailty of life, and the danger of not being prepared for death and its reward!

Hebrews 9:27 KJV
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Luke 13:2,3 KJV
2 Jesus answered, “Do you think this happened to those people because they were more sinful than all other people from Galilee?
3 No, they were not. But if you don’t decide now to change your lives, you will all be destroyed like those people!

The Galilaeans disaster was not caused by their being more sinful than others.
The Galilaeans disaster, was not their deaths.....it was their not being spiritually prepared to meet God!

Luke 13:4,5 ERV
4 And what about those 18 people who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think they were more sinful than everyone else in Jerusalem?
5 They were not. But I tell you if you don’t decide now to change your lives, you will all be destroyed too!”

Apparently the wall of Jerusalem, had a tower, the Tower of Siloam, and it fell, killing some 18 people.

Was it God, that did it, through His direct will, or His permissive will? Then again was it the work of the devil, or of nature itself, its foundation becoming bad?

These two stories show us two things:
1) Disaster, does not mean that the people involved were worse sinners than all others.
2) Calm (no disaster), does not mean that the people are more righteous than all others.

Our Lord, does “not,” bother to answer many questions, rather, much rather His concern is the eternal state of those who died!

Verse 5 “... if you don’t decide now to change your lives, you will all be destroyed too!”
The implication here, they had not given their lives over to The Lord, and so that they met both physical and spiritual destruction.

All kinds of calamities and disasters will come and go, according to our Lord, our time should not be spent so much on where they come from, as to what will be their result, eternal judgment and God's wrath or eternal bliss with The Savior.

This moment is all that we have, choose the Savior, we have no promise of our next breath!

Proverbs 27:1 KJV
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

II Corinthians 6:2 NLT
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed,
the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

Hebrews 4:7 KJV
"...Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

Revelation 3:20 NLT
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in..."

Dear friend, open the door of your heart, now, and invite The Savior in.

John 3:36 KJV
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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: Abiding In The Vine.

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: Abiding In The Vine.

Bible Text:

John 15:1-8 KJV
I am The True Vine, and My Father is The Husbandman (The Gardener NLT).
2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through The Word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in The Vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.
5 I am The Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.

The Lord's Request: Abide In The Vine (Christ).

John 15:4 KJV
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in The Vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.

The Lord's Promise: A Fruitful Life Of Answered Prayer.

John 15:5,7 KJV
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much..."
7 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Oh the many precious promises in The Word, for the child of God, and here is one of them.
Our Lord referred to Himself as a farmer, a merchant of pearls, and a man seeking treasure, etc.
Here He represents Himself as a Vine, in a garden.

He tells us that He is The True Vine, we are the branches, The Gardner, is The Father. Only as we abide in Him, will we be able to have our desires answered and produce fruit.

One cannot be in the vine one day, and out of the vine the next, one must “abide in The Vine” always.

Illustration:
A man was a deacon (A choice calling) in his church. After some years, some noticed he'd be in church and than be absent from his church. Home one Sunday or two and then gone the next. When asked why he had been absent on Sunday, he replied “There was a camp meeting over at....city,” he said. Turned out he would run off to where ever he thought there was a revival going on.

James 1:6-8 KJV
6 "...he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of The Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

That man had no business being a deacon, and it wasn't long until he was removed!

Here is The Bible's answer to that mans unfruitfulness.

Psalm 1:1-6 KJV
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of The Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Did you spot the answer?

God's people, spoken of in this Psalm, as in the story of The True Vine, Must Be Anchored!

Psalm 1:3 KJV
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

John 15:5 KJV
“...He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.

QUESTION:
What kind of tree, ever bore fruit, that was in one end of town, one day, and then in another end of town the next day, depending upon which way the wind blew?

ANSWER:
None!

That is not a tree, a planting of The Lord, that is something called Sage Brush, a bush blown by the wind, and good for nothing.

Are there individuals like this in the church, running off to one meeting after another, while doing nothing to be faithful, or to build their own church, yes!

James 1:6,7 KJV
6 "...he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of The Lord.

Jesus said, we “must,” abide in The Vine!
God's people are “planted,” their roots go down deep for living water, and so their fruit gives life to all who are nourished by it.

We are Christian people, followers of The Lord Jesus Christ, when faithfulness, and commitment is found in our lives.

Dedicated Christians, you know where you will find them on Sunday morning, Bible School, Sunday morning worship, Sunday night, prayer service and Wednesday night Bible Study, they'll be in church!
Dedicated Christians, you know they will gladly volunteer to teach a Sunday School Class.
Dedicated Christians, you know they are happy and ready to witness of their faith, wherever they are.
Dedicated Christians, you know they elect Christian Politicians and educational leaders.
Dedicated Christians, you know they are tithers, and beyond this, they are those who bring “offerings of love” to keep the work of The Lord, Church and Missions, strong and flourishing.
Dedicated Christians, you know live a life of prayer, fasting and Bible reading.
Dedicated Christians, you know visit the aged, poor and sick, with comfort, food and prayer.
Dedicated Christians, you know them when you see them, they don't dress, and talk like the world, because they are “separate” from the world.
Dedicated Christians, you know that whatever talents they possess, they will be used “humbly,” for The Lord,” who gave them.
Dedicated Christians, you know they bring up their family in The Word, prayerfully censoring what their children read, watch and hear.
Dedicated Christians, lighten a room, for the joy of The Lord, is their strength.
Dedicated Christians live in the shadow of The Almighty, for they abide in The Vine.
Dedicated Christians, etc. etc. etc.

Dear Christian, did you see yourself here?
Pastor, no one lives like that today, we try some, that's all that matters, don't lay down some kind of guilt trip on us!”

Oh no, well Elijah felt rejected in his day. Hiding in a cave, tearfully thinking he alone had done his best, no one else had done what he had, and he was all alone.

Oh how wrong he was, and The Lord, took the time to tell him so!

I Kings 19:14,15,18 KJV
14 And he (Elijah) said, I have been very jealous for
The Lord God of Hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the Lord said unto him...
18 "...I have left Me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Thank God, for all the Dedicated Christian people in this world today, take heart, reward day draws near, the coming of our Lord draws near.

Not on this list of dedicated Christians, but you can be!
All it takes is a sincere prayer.

Oh, Lord, please help me for the strength, to be a shinning light for you, one
which never dims or goes out. A light that shines more and more, unto that perfect day.
Amen

Many today, gladly sing, pleading with the Lord, abide with me!

Abide With Me

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word;
But as Thou dwell’st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Words: Hen­ry Lyte, 1847
Music: Eventide, Wil­liam H. Monk, 1861

But, maybe we need a song, one that asks the question....
(Am I Abiding In The Vine)

Have I Done My Best For Jesus?

I wonder have I done my best for Jesus,
Who died upon the cruel tree?
To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary!
I know my Lord expects the best from me.

Refrain:
How many are the lost that I have lifted?
How many are the chained I’ve helped to free?
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus,
When He has done so much for me?

The hours that I have wasted are so many
The hours I’ve spent for Christ so few;
Because of all my lack of love for Jesus,
I wonder if His heart is breaking too.

I wonder have I cared enough for others,
Or have I let them die alone?
I might have helped a wand’rer to The Savior,
The seed of precious Life I might have sown.

No longer will I stay within the valley
I’ll climb to mountain heights above;
The world is dying now for want of someone
To tell them of The Savior’s matchless love.

Words: Ensign Edwin Young Jan 3, 1895; July 22, 1980)
Music: Harry E. Storrs 1900; 2000)

Hear the music, copy and paste this URL into your web browser and hit enter.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzMadGvxsd8&list=PLW3OAswE5KZPw3REHNkrEh4frreC5IOvk

Prayer:

John 6:37,47 KJV
37 “...him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.

Romans 12:1 NLT
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.