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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Matthew 12:20

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Bible Questions Answered:
“Several of us here at the Christian Bible church study, would like your definition of Matthew 12:20. Thank you.”
Arnold/ London, England United Kingdom

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Matthew 12:14-21 KJV
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all;
16 And charged them that they should not make Him known:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
18 Behold My Servant, whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment (truth) unto victory.
21 And in His name shall the Gentiles trust.

The Pharisees, cared less about the man with the withered hand (Matthew 12:9-13), all they wanted was to find fault with The Lord Jesus, but Jesus cared for all.

Verse 20 states “A bruised reed shall He not break,”

Known as the Arundo donax, in the marshes, reeds grow both in Egypt and Palestine. These reeds can grow to a height of some 12', its stalk looks like bamboo, because of its many joints. At it's top a blossom. A wind may blow the stalk down, but it resumes it position again.

The bruised Reed spiritually speaks of those who are weak in the way of The Lord. Those who are under the crushing weight of sin, or sorrow.

A bruised reed shall He not break,” Our Lord, is one of great love, gentleness and care. He holds, and strengthens the weak.

Psalm 18:35 NKJV
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.

Isaiah 42:1-4 NLT The Lord’s Chosen Servant
1 “Look at My Servant, whom I strengthen. He is My Chosen One, who pleases Me.
I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or raise His voice in public.
3 He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.
He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.
4 He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. 
Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for His instruction.

Verse 20 “... and smoking flax shall He not quench”

Flax:
Flax plants grow to 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) tall, with slender stems. The leaves are glaucous green, slender lanceolate, 20–40 mm long, and 3 mm broad.

The flowers are pure pale blue, 15–25 mm in diameter, with five petals. The fruit is a round, dry capsule 5–9 mm in diameter, containing several glossy brown seeds shaped like an apple pip, 4–7 mm long.
Flax fibers are taken from the stem of the plant, and are two to three times as strong as those of cotton. The best grades are used for linen fabrics such as damasks, lace, and sheeting. Coarser grades are used for the manufacturing of twine and rope, and historically, for canvas and webbing equipment. Flax fiber is a raw material used in the high-quality paper industry for the use of printed banknotes, rolling paper and tea bags.
(Wikipedia)

A stem of the flax plant is used as wick in a lamp, because of its fibrous material.

Verse 20 “... and smoking flax shall He not quench”

When a lamp has run out of oil, the wick may be yet smoldering away, it's flame with it's light, out .
The lamp owner usually would throw away the old smoldering wick, and put in a new one and refill the lamp with oil.

But our gentle and loving Savior, who cares for all, a “smoking flax shall He not quench” He pours oil into the vessel (A type of The Holy Spirit), and blows on the wick (The breath of Life), till the smoldering wick comes a burst with flame, once again!

Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV (Ministry of The Lord Jesus)
1 The Spirit Of The Lord God is upon Me; because The Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of The Lord, that He might be glorified.

Our gentle, loving Savior, is in the rescue business.

Luke 15:1-5 NLT (Parable of the Lost Sheep)
15 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.
2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that He was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
3 So Jesus told them this story:
4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?
5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.
6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

John 10:7-16 KJV (Jesus The Good Shepherd)
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Psalm 51:12 KJV
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.

Isaiah 40:11 KJV
He shall feed His flock like A Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Jeremiah 3:22 NLT
My wayward children,” says The Lord, “come back to Me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”“Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are The Lord our God.

Hosea 14:4 NLT
The Lord says,“Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; My love will know no bounds, for My anger will be gone forever.

Micah 7:19 KJV
He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

I Must Tell Jesus

I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own.

Chorus:
I must tell Jesus!
I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus!
I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles;
He is a kind, compassionate friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end.

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
He all my cares and sorrows will share.

Author/Music: Elisha A. Hoffman 1839-1929

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Prayer:

Nehemiah 9:17 KJV
"...but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness..."

Psalm 86:5 KJV
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

Acts 2:21 KJV
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of The Lord shall be saved.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To Those Who Are Righteous.

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Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To Those Who Are Righteous.

Bible Text:

Psalm 34:15-19 KJV
15 The eyes of The Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of The Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and The Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The Lord delivereth him out of them all.

The Lord's Request:

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

The Lord's Promise:

15 The eyes of The Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.
17 The righteous cry, and The Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The Lord delivereth him out of them all.

God's Blessings On The Righteous:

Job 17:9 KJV
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Psalm 5:11,12 NLT
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the Godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.

Psalm 15:1-3 KJV
1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh
The Truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor.

Psalm 34:17 KJV
The righteous cry, and The Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 37:16,17;23-26;29-31;39,40 NLT
16 It is better to be Godly and have little than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but The Lord takes care of the Godly.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall, for The Lord holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the Godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
26 The Godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
29 The Godly will possess the land and will live there forever.
30 The Godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from His path.
39 The Lord rescues the Godly; He is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in Him.

Psalm 55:22 KJV
Cast thy burden upon The Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer (permit) the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 92:12 KJV
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 146:8 KJV
The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: The Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: The Lord loveth the righteous:

Proverbs 3:33 KJV
The curse of The Lord is in the house of the wicked: but He blesseth the habitation of the just.

Proverbs 4:18 KJV
But the path of the just is as the shining Light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 10:6,7;29,30 KJV
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
29 The way of The Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

Proverbs 11:8,18 KJV
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Proverbs 12:7 KJV
The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

Proverbs 15:9,28,29 NLT
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but He loves those who pursue Godliness.
28 The heart of the Godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.

Proverbs 20:7 KJV
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

Proverbs 21:21 NLT
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find Life, righteousness, and honor.

Isaiah 33:15,16 KJV
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.

Matthew 5:6 KJV
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Matthew 6:31-33 KJV
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 "...for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 25:46 KJV
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into Life eternal.

II Timothy 4:7,8 KJV
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which
The Lord, The Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.

Titus 2:11-14 KJV
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Hebrew 11:4,7 NLT
4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed His approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.
7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

James 2:23 KJV
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

I Peter 3:12 NLT
The eyes of The Lord watch over those who do right, and His ears are open to their prayers. But The Lord turns His face against those who do evil.”


Take Time To Be Holy

Words: William D. Long­staff 1882

Music: Holiness, George C. Stebbins 1890

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Prayer:
Romans 10:9, 10 KJV 
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth The Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Longevity

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Bible Questions Answered:
“...if god blessed Abraham, and he lived a long time what about the rest of us?..”
Riley/ Lebanon, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Abraham a man blessed of God, live some 174 years.
When we serve The Lord, living faithfully to Him, He too will bless us.

Longevity:

Exodus 20:12 KJV
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which The Lord thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 5:33 KJV
Ye shall walk in all the ways which The Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Deuteronomy 6:2 KJV
That thou mightest fear The Lord thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

I Kings 3:14 KJV (The Lord's promise to Solomon)
And if thou wilt walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Job 5:19,26 NLT (Eliphaz, tells Job, the righteous know God's blessings.)
19 From six disasters He will rescue you; even in the seventh, He will keep you from evil.
26 You will go to the grave at a ripe old age, like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time!

Job 42:16,17 NLT
Job lived 140 years after that (his testing), living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.
17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

Psalm 21:1-4 NLT
1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
2 For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. Interlude
3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.
4 He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever.

Psalm 34:11-13 KJV
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of
The Lord.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Psalm 92:13,14 KJV
13 Those that be planted in the house of The Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Proverbs 3:1,2,15,16 NLT
1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.
2 If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.

Proverbs 4:11-13,20-22 NLT
10 My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.
11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.
12 When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble.
13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.
20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words.
21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

Proverbs 9:11 NLT
Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.

Proverbs 10:27 KJV
The fear of The Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Isaiah 65:22 KJV
They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

Zechariah 8:4 NLT
This is what The Lord Of Heaven’s Armies says: Once again old men and women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with their canes and will sit together in the city squares.

John 10:10 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I Peter 3:10 NLT
For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy Life and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.
A long life is a reward of living for The Lord.
The Lord alone is the creator of life, and He alone is the one to prolong it.

Psalm 91:14-16 KJV
14 Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.

Prayer:

Isaiah 45:21,22,25 KJV
21 "...there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside Me.
22 Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
25 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 55:6 KJV
Seek ye The Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:

Acts 2:21,38 KJV
21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of The Lord shall be saved.”
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive The Gift Of The Holy Ghost.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ridicule

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“...we live with a time of complete mistrust and doubt...”
Symon/ Sumy, Sums'ka Oblast Ukraine

In our Lord's day, were the mockers, and cynics, not much has changed over the many years.

Cynicism:
An inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism:

Cyn·i·cism (sĭn′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others:
Thefreedictionary.com

Jeers:
1. Make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice:
2. A rude and mocking remark.

Jeer:
1.To speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely:
2.To shout derisively at; taunt.
3.To treat with scoffs or derision; mock.
4.To drive away by derisive shouts
5.A jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.

Mockers:
Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner:

Mock:
1.To attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.
2.To ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.
3.To mimic, imitate, or counterfeit.
4.To challenge; defy:
5.To deceive, delude, or disappoint.
6.To use ridicule or derision; scoff; jeer
7.A contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derision.
8. Something mocked or derided; an object of derision.
9. An imitation; counterfeit; fake.
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Scoffers:
Speak to someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way:

Scoff:
1. To speak derisively; mock; jeer.
2. To mock at; deride.
3. An expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.
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Skep·ti·cism: [ˈskeptəˌsizəm]
1. A skeptical attitude; doubt as to the truth of something:
2. The theory that certain knowledge is impossible.

Skepticism:
1. Skeptical attitude or temper; doubt.
2. Doubt or unbelief with regard to a religion, especially Christianity.
3. The doctrines or opinions of philosophical Skeptics; universal doubt.
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Taunts:
1. A remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone.
2. Provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks:

Taunt:
1. To reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
2. To provoke by taunts.
3. An insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.
4. Obsolete. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.

Ridicule:

Psalm 14:1 KJV
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Psalm 74:10,11 NLT
10 How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let them dishonor your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.

Proverbs 1:20-33 NLT Wisdom Shouts in the Streets
20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?
23 Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.
24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25 You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear The Lord.
30 They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”

Proverbs 13:1 KJV
A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Proverbs 19:28,29 NLT
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.

Isaiah 28:22 NLT
For The Lord, The Lord Of Heaven’s Armies, has plainly said that He is determined to crush the whole land. So scoff no more, or your punishment will be even greater.

Isaiah 66:5 NLT
Hear this message from The Lord, all you who tremble at His words: “Your own people hate you and throw you out for being loyal to My name. ‘Let
The Lord be honored!’ they scoff. ‘Be joyful in Him!’ But they will be put to shame.

Jeremiah 17:15 NLT
People scoff at me and say, “What is this ‘message from The Lord’ you talk about? Why don’t your predictions come true?”

Matthew 27:39,40 KJV
39 And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be The Son Of God, come down from the cross.

John 8:48-50 NLT
48 The people retorted, “You Samaritan devil! Didn’t we say all along that you were possessed by a demon?”
49 “No,” Jesus said, “I have no demon in Me. For I honor My Father—and you dishonor Me.
50 And though I have no wish to glorify Myself, God is going to glorify Me. He is The True Judge.

Acts 13:40,41 NLT
40 Be careful! Don’t let the prophets’ words apply to you. For they said,
41 ‘Look, you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.’

Galatians 6:7 NLT
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

II Peter 3:3,4 KJV
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Jude 1:17-20 NLT
17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted.
18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires.
19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of The Holy Spirit,

Christians persecuted

Matthew 5:9-13 KJV
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 10:22 KJV
And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

John 15:18,19 KJV
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Prayer:

I John 5:1,11-13 KJV
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is The Christ has become a child of God..."
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son.
12 He that hath The Son hath Life; and he that hath not The Son Of God hath not Life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of The Son Of God; that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the name of The Son Of God.

Our Lord suffered the scoffers, the ridicule, and death alone, for you and me.

Author: Ray Overholt 1958 wrote about it....

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II Corinthians 4:8-10 KJV
We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated.
We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up.
We are persecuted, but God does not leave us.
We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.
So we constantly experience the death of Jesus in our own bodies,
but this is so that the Life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To Those Who Are Repentant.

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Bible Lesson: Cherished Promises To The Child Of God: To Those Who Are Repentant.

Bible Text:

Isaiah 55:7 KJV
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto The Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

The Lord's Request:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto
The Lord,

The Lord's Promise:

and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

Repent:

The word "repent," appears no less than some 60 times, in our New Testament, here is but a sampling of those verses.

Matthew 4:17 KJV
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent*: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

*Repent-Greek: Metanoeo (Met-an-o-eh-o): To think differently, reconsider, feel compunction, repent.

Compunction:
A feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.

Repentance is an 180° turn around, an about face from the sins of the past, living a new life in Christ.
Repentance is forsaking (Abandoning) old ways, and living a new life in Christ.
Repentance is “not,” confessing our sins to someone and doing penance, while not forsaking (abandoning) them, only to do them again and again!

Matthew 9:13 KJV
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Matthew 11:20,21 KJV
20 Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not:
21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Matthew 12:41 KJV
The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Matthew 21:28-32 NLT (Parable of the Two Sons)
28 “But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
29 The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway.
30 Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.
31 “Which of the two obeyed his father?”

They replied, “The first.”

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you The Truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. 32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.

Mark 2:17 KJV
When Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 6:7,12 NLT
6 “...Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people.
7 And He called His twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two..."
12 So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God.

Luke 3:3,8 KJV
And He came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Luke 5:32 KJV
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 10:13 KJV
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Luke 11:32 KJV
The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Luke 13:1-5 NLT
1 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.
2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered?
3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God.
4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?
5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”

Luke 15:7,10 KJV
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Luke 24:45-47 KJV
45 Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 2:38 KJV
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive
The Gift Of The Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19 KJV
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of The Lord.

Acts 5:30,31 NLT
30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed Him by hanging Him on a cross.
31 Then God put Him in the place of honor at His Right Hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven.

Acts 8:22 KJV (Simon the sorcerer)
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Acts 11:18 KJV
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto Life.

Acts 17:30 KJV
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Acts 20:21 NLT
I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.

Acts 26:20 NLT (Paul)
I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.

Romans 2:4 KJV
Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

II Corinthians 7:8-10 NLT (Paul)
8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while.
9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants His people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.
10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

II Peter 3:9 KJV
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Revelation 2:5 KJV
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 2:16,21,22 KJV
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Revelation 3:3,19 KJV
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Revelation 9:20,21 KJV
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 16:9,11 KJV
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory.
11 And blasphemed The God Of Heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

God calls all to repentance (the forsaking of sin), Jew and Gentile.

Proverbs 3:8 KJV
Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.

Isaiah 30:15 KJV
This is what The Sovereign Lord, The Holy One Of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

Acts 20:21 KJV
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

Acts 26:20 KJV (Paul)
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.

II Corinthians 7:10 KJV
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

II Timothy 2:25 KJV
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of The Truth,

II Peter 3:9 KJV
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Prayer:

Isaiah 55:6 KJV
Seek ye The Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:

Hebrews 4:7
Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

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.

Almost Persuaded

“Almost persuaded” now to believe;
“Almost persuaded” Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
“Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.”

“Almost persuaded,” come, come today;
“Almost persuaded,” turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wanderer, come!

“Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last!
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
“Almost,” but lost!

Words/Music: Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876

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