For Us, By Him

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Honestly, these days I avoid the news, political discussions, and the fear fighting to claim the hearts of the world. I know there is trouble in the world and always has been. It touches my life, not as much as others I’m sure, but it does not rule my life. Why? Because I know,

“My beloved is mine, and I am his…

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine…

I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.”

I’m convinced Solomon, who penned these words by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, learned that truth from his father, David. David knew what it meant to have a love relationship with the Lord God. In Psalm 18 he writes,

“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 

I will call upon the LORD,

who is worthy to be praised:

so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”

According to what’s written, David spoke these words after the LORD delivered him from his enemies and Saul. In the next few verses he speaks of the anguish of his soul.

“The sorrows of hell compassed me,

and the floods of ungodly men

made me afraid.”

Hell is raising its ugly head in our world today filling the world with fear, and rightly so, if you are not a child of God. For he is,

“The thief cometh

not, but for to steal,

and to kill and to destroy…”

John 10:10a.

“…your adversary the devil,

as a roaring lion, walketh about,

seeking whom he may devour;”

1 Peter 5:8.

But for the children of God,

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;

but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7.

“And he said unto them,

I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Behold, I give unto you power

to tread on serpents and scorpions,

and over all the power of the enemy:

and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Luke 10:18,19.

“What shall we then say to these things?

If God be for us, who can be against us…

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,

or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword…

Nay,

in all these things we are more than conquerors

through him that loved us.”

Romans 8: 31,35,37.

What can we do when surrounded by the lies of the enemy coming against us? When we become weary of the wrestling with the world? Two things. 1 Remember,

Finally, my brethren,

be strong in the Lord,

and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God,

that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,

but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world,

against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Ephesians 6:10-12.

Remember our battle is not with those crying the loudest spreading evil in their paths. They are lost souls doomed to hell if they do not receive the gospel of Christ. Our enemies are spiritual, entering into these lost souls using them to further Satan’s agenda. They are of the darkness. We are of the light. Which takes us to the second thing to do. Follow David’s example in Psalm 18.

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

and cried unto my God:

he heard my voice out of his temple,

and my cry came before him,

even into his ears.”

Go to the temple and pray. Pray for our leaders. Pray for the lost being manipulated by the devil. Pray for the saints to be strong in the power of the Lord’s might. Pray for the saints to be united in the love of Christ. Pray. Pray, and Pray.

The next several verses in this Psalm explain that God will move heaven and earth to answer our prayers. We may have to wait for God is eternal and time means little to Him. But know this, He will answer the cries of His children.

When He delivered us from our greatest enemy darkness covered the land and the earth shook when the Father met our need.

“Now from the sixth hour

there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour…

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice,

yielded up the ghost.

And, behold,

the veil of the temple was rent in twain

from the top to the bottom;

and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;.”

Matthew 27:50,51.

Again, He shook the earth to reveal death could not hold our Lord. The light of life was victorious.

“And, behold, there was a great earthquake;

for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven,

and came and rolled back the stone from the door,

and sat upon it.”

Matthew 28:2.

As time ends, the Lord will shake the earth again.

“See that ye refuse not him that speaketh.

For if they escaped not

who refused him that spake on earth,

much more shall not we escape,

if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Whose voice then shook the earth:

but now he hath promised, saying,

Yet once more I shake not the earth only,

but also heaven.”

Hebrews 12:25,26.

All that is left is to join David in praise and thanksgiving for what God has said He will do is done.

“The LORD liveth;

and blessed be my rock;

and let the God of my salvation be exalted…

Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD,

among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.”


How do you stay at peace when all around you chaos threatens?

Peter, Paul and You

Today’s post doesn’t follow our walk with Jesus but yet it does. It began with one word while preparing for my bible study starting this fall. The word, “like” caught my attention and excitement began to grow. It may even find its way into the book I’m working on. 2 Peter 1:1 is the context.

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

to them that have obtained like precious faith with us

through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:”

pexels-photo-355288.jpegDo you realize Simon Peter had enough faith to step out of the boat and walk on water to the Lord? Sure, he sank when he took his eyes off the Lord. But he got out of the boat and walked on water! None of the others even got out of the boat. Would you? Peter’s faith was strong. It was his perspective and perseverance that needed building.

This same Peter says we, “have obtained like precious faith with us.”

How much faith do we need to have faith like Peter? Jesus says in Matthew 17:20,

“If ye have the faith as a grain of mustard seed,

ye shall say unto this mountain,

Remove hence to yonder place;

and it shall remove;

and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Our faith rests in the power and faithfulness of God to perform His word in us and through us. James tells us in chapter 5, verse 16,

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Then James gives us Elijah as an example of one who knew the word of God and had faith in Him to perform it.

“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are,

and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain

on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

And he prayed again,

and the heaven gave rain,

and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

Elijah was a man like every other man, ordinary, given to the passions of the flesh, even as we are. He was ordinary but belonged to an extraordinary God.

For more examples we have :

  • Abraham and Sarah-ordinary people-until God called them by name.
  • Don’t forget David, the shepherd boy until anointed by the God he loved.
  • What about Rahab, the prostitute, until she heard about the God of Israel and believed the reports. She became an ancestor of Christ.
  • Even as Ruth, another Gentile woman. She saw God at work in her Jewish mother-in-law and believed.
  • God put Esther, a Jewish orphan, in the palace of a foreign land to be used to preserve His people, insuring His promise of a Messiah.
  • Jesus turned Paul from persecuting Christians to proclaiming the gospel in power to his known world. Paul told the Corinthians,

“For I determined not to know any thing among you,

save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling…

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,

but in the power of God…

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,

that the excellency of the power may be of God,

and not of us…

We having the same spirit of faith ,

according as it is written,

I believed, and therefore have I spoken;

we also believe, and therefore speak:

knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus

shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes,

that the abundant grace

might through the thanksgiving of many

redound to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:2,3,5; 2 Corinthians 4:6,7,13,-15.

All is by the power of God for the glory of God, then and now by the same God who neither changes nor grows weary.

“For I am the LORD, I change not…”

Malachi 3:6;

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Hebrews 13:8.

“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard,

that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth,

fainteth not, neither is weary?

There is no searching of his understanding.

He giveth power to the faint;

and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

Isaiah 40:28,29.


How has God worked in and through you?

Unspeakable Joy

In Esther:

cross-sunset-sunrise-hill-70847.jpegWe discover the theme of countless books and movies. It has been the theme of life since shortly after creation. It is the account of good versus evil, God versus Satan. It began subtly in the Garden and continues to escalate as time approaches its end. The account of Esther is one chapter among the ongoing saga.

Mordecai, Esther’s relative, prophesied the Jews’ deliverance when he sought her help.

“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

Esther risked her life to become the Jews source of deliverance.

As Esther,

Christ came to the earth at the right time as our deliverer.

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son…” Galatians 4:4

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,

he also himself likewise took part of the same;

that through death

he might destroy him that had the power of death,

that is , the devil;

And deliver them who through fear of death

were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Hebrews 2:14,15.

Everybody likes a happy ending to a good story. In reality, isn’t that what we want for ourselves, a happy ending? The true story of Esther ended happily for her people. Justice was served, good prevailed over evil, and her people were delivered from death.

“And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman…

And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows…which Haman had made for Mordecai…standeth…

Then the king said, Hang him thereon.” (from Esther 7)

All cheer for justice, but it isn’t finished. The king adds to his original decree allowing the Jews to protect themselves. We find in the end,

“The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour…whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.” (Esther 8)

Jesus delivers from despair to joy

“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.”

John 10:10.

“Likewise, I say unto you,

there is joy in the presence of the angels of God

over one sinner that repenteth..

For this my son was dead,

and is alive again;

he was lost, and is found.

And they began to be merry.”

Luke 15:10,24.

Being born into the kingdom of God gives reason to rejoice. We’ve been delivered from death to life, to new abundant life.

“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you;

but rather rejoice,

because your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:20.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;

and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,

but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels…

And there shall in no wise enter into it

any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie;

but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Revelation 3:5; 21:27.

Where do we find fullness of joy?

In our Deliverer, Jesus Christ,

“Whom having not seen, ye love;

in whom, though now ye see him not,

yet believing,

ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory;

receiving the end of your faith,

even the salvation of your souls.”

1Peter 1:8.

When circumstances bring sadness, Jesus holds us closer. When they bring disappointment, He is our hope. His presence and promises are our joy, our peace, our deliverance through every trial. Until one day when He wipes away every tear and all that remains is fullness of joy.

Sound to good to be true?

Know this, we are in the last chapters of the book.

How will it end?

There are many beliefs but one truth.

“And he said unto me,

These sayings are faithful and true;

and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel

to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Behold, I come quickly:

blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

Revelation 22:6-7.

What brings joy?

Believing and keeping the sayings told in this book.

Do you believe to the saving/keeping of your soul? If so,

Rejoice!

 

A Certain Future

History points to a certain future. Walking in the present history tells us we do not walk alone and sets our hope on the sure things above.

“If ye then be risen with Christ,

seek those things which are above,

where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

Colossians 3:1

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1 & 2 Samuel

Introduces us to a shepherd who becomes a king. He points us to the Good Shepherd and the King of kings.

“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep…1Sam. 16: 11; And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep…1Sam. 17:34a.

Psalm 23:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Christ Jesus:

“Now the God of peace,

that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep, 

through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight,

through Jesus Christ;

to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Heb. 13:20,21.

Psalm 23:

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

Christ Jesus:

“Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Rom. 5:1,2.

Psalm 23:

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Christ Jesus:

 “He shall see of the travail of his soul,

and shall be satisfied:

by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear their iniquities…Isa. 53:11;

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,

so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

Romans 5:19.

Psalm 23:

“Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me:”

Christ Jesus:

For consider him

that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself,

lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin…

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…

THE LORD IS MY HELPER,

AND I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO UNTO ME.”

Hebrews 12:2-4; 13:5-6

Psalm 23:

“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Christ Jesus:

“Who in the days of his flesh,

when he had offered up prayers and supplications

with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death,

and was heard in that he feared;

Though he were a Son,

yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

And being made perfect,

he became the author of eternal salvation

unto all them that obey him;”

Hebrews 5:7-9.

Psalm 23:

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over.”

Christ Jesus:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

because the LORD hath anointed me to

preach good tiding 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;

to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all that mourn…Isa. 61:1,2;

I am he that liveth, and was dead;

and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;

and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Revelation 1:18.

Psalm 23:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Christ Jesus:

“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.”

Revelation 21:3.

Can you say, with David, the Lord is my shepherd?  Or are you in want?

In 1 & 2 Kings & Chronicles:

The glory of Jerusalem, of all Israel, surrounded Solomon’s temple.

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that  the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.” 1Kings 8:10-11.

The shekinah glory of God filled the house giving Israel a glimpse of the glory that was to come. Jesus referring to Himself said,

“But I say unto you,

That in this place is one greater than the temple.”

Matt. 12:6;

And when an angel invited John in Revelation to come see the bride of Christ, he saw,

“that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Having the glory of God…

And I saw no temple therein:

for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it:

for the glory of God did lighten it,

and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

Revelation 21:10,22-23.

History declares the glory of the Lord in part but its revelation will one day be complete.

  • Does your temple house the glory of God?
  • What will your response be when you come face to face with the Lord of glory?

As the song says, “I Can Only Imagine.”

What to Bring the King?

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1Peter 2:5.

What do we have to offer?

“spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

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We are like the small child coming to his daddy begging, “Daddy, please, give me some money.”

“Whatever for?”

“I want to buy Mommy a present.”

The child has nothing to offer but what is given him from the father.

The writer of Hebrews says,

“By him therefore

let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,

that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

Hebrews 13:15.

Our Father blessed us each with a mouth, and even when we cannot speak we can do as David exhorts us when he says in Psalm 103,

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits:

who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;

so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…” 

For more praises to offer up read all of this Psalm.

What does your sacrifice of praise cost you?

  • A looking away from self to see anew the goodness of our God.
  • Yes, it can be a sacrifice to praise when pain fills your days or when loss brings an ache to your heart you feel you cannot bear.
  • Before the praise offer your tears. They are a praise of their own avowing God as the One who cares, understands, and comforts.
  • In response He puts a song in your heart as He carries you in His strength and love.
  • The offering proves harder to render in these times but the reward establishes its worth.

As our Father shows us His goodness in taking care of our needs, He instructs us,

“to do good and to communicate(give to the poor) forget not:

for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16

What will it cost us?

  • A night out? A new outfit?
  • Whatever God puts in our hearts to give, He has already given us.
  • Personally, I doubt it will cost us anything.
  • God has a way of repaying kindness with more kindness.

In truth we’ve offered Him only lip service until we offer Him our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The apostle Paul calls us to minister to God through the offering of ourselves.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,

holy, acceptable unto God,

which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 12:1.

Reasonable service? Yes, bought and paid for by the Lord’s own sacrifice.

“Forasmuch as ye know

that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,

from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

1 Peter 1:18-19.

“Ye are bought with a price:

therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,

which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 6:20.

One more sacrifice needs offered before any of these mentioned become acceptable. Jesus shows us the offering that validates all other offerings.

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,

SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT,

BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME:

IN BURN OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN THOU HAST HAD NO PLEASURE.

THEN SAID I,

LO, I COME (IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME,)

TO DO THY WILL, O GOD.”

Hebrews 10:5-7.

This Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane as He faced the cross.

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:

nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Luke 22:42.

  • Praise is not praise but flattery,
  • thanksgiving is not thanksgiving but a desire for more later,
  • giving is not giving but looking for reward,
  • offering our bodies for service is not service but a desire for recognition of our goodness.

unless we are willing to sacrifice our will in obedience to the Lord.

An acceptable sacrifice surrenders self-will. It is our free will offering. It is called humbling ourselves before Him, even as Jesus did.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of a servant,

and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man,

he humbled himself,

and became obedient unto death,

even the death of the cross.”

Philippians 2:5-8.

Knowing and being filled with the love of Christ bears the fruit of a spiritual sacrifice acceptable unto God. For it is His love flowing in us, through us, and out of us that offers acceptable praise, acceptable aid to others, the acceptable offering of ourselves as His ministers of the gospel.

“Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

What will you bring the King?

Remember the Christmas Song, “Little Drummer Boy”? He played his drum for Him. Given from the heart there is no small offering.

An Holy Priesthood

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,

an holy priesthood,

to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

1Peter 2:5.

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The post, “Of What House are You?” explored the phrases, lively stone, and spiritual house. Those of the household of faith in Christ enjoy a personal relationship with the Lord and the privilege of serving in,

 

“an holy priesthood…”

This priesthood makes us ministers of Christ to a lost world. He entrusted His gospel to us, but did not leave us on our own.

“And he said unto them,

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;

but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Mark 16:15,16.

“And he said unto them,

Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,

and to rise from the dead the third day:

And that repentance and remission of sins

should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

And ye are witnesses of these things.”

Luke 24: 46-48.

I have a confession to make as I sit here and write these verses. Many years ago my heart burned to do this very thing.  I wanted to go into all the world. The Lord did not unfold the opportunity as I envisioned it. For a time this burden weighed heavy in my heart until I didn’t think I could bear it any longer.

I prayed, “ Father, I don’t understand. What good is this burden when I can’t go? Take it from me if you won’t send me.”

I beg of you don’t ever do that.

I’m thankful for His grace and patience with a young impetuous and ignorant child. He didn’t send me to the farthest corners but He did send me to the world I lived in. Through the years He has privileged me to be His minister of the gospel to many.

Wherever the Lord puts you be faithful ministers of the gospel in word and deed.

  • Don’t ever lose your burden for the lost or for the body of Christ.
  • Return to your first love, the love that beats in Christ’s heart.
  • No matter where we are there are people hurting, needing to hear and see the love of Jesus.

Remember always we are not alone in this work and He is the power within us.

”But ye shall receive power,

after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea,

and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Acts 1:8.

“And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Matthew 28:20b.

As priests of the most high God, we look to Jesus our example. He intercedes on our behalf. Let us remember to always intercede on behalf of one another.

“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands,

which are the figures of the true;

but into heaven itself,

now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

Hebrews 9:24.

Paul admonishes us to be,

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,

and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,

that I may open my mouth boldly,

to make know the mystery of the gospel,

for which I am an ambassador in bonds:

that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Ephesians 6:18-20.

Do you find it hard to share the gospel with others?

What are some reasons we hesitate to speak the most wonderful thing that has ever happened in this world?

There is one ministry not mentioned today-the offering of sacrifices. That’s for the next post.

As a side note, God has honored my desire to take His word into all the world in these days of technology. He has given me the desires of my heart and so much more. Thank you to all my readers. You are in my prayers.

Of What House are You?

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“Ye also, as lively stones,

are built up a spiritual house,

an holy priesthood,

to offer up spiritual sacrifices,

acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

1Peter 2:5.

Take courage brothers and sisters, we are living stones cut from the living stone, whom most rejected even though He is the chosen of God and precious. In Christ we are the chosen and precious living stones…cut from the same Rock. Christ is the,

“CHIEF CORNER STONE,

ELECT, PRECIOUS:

AND HE THAT BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE CONFOUNDED.”

1 Peter 2:6(Isa. 28:16).

We are those,

“built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,

Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

In whom all the building fitly framed together

groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

in whom

ye also are builded together

for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

Ephesians 2:20-22.

We are those,

“God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation

through sanctification of the Spirit

and belief of the truth:

Whereunto he called you by our gospel

to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thess. 2:13-14.

We are called by a different name.

“And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory;

and thou shalt be called by a new name,

which the mouth of the LORD shall name.”

Isaiah 62:2.

“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26b.

We are of the house of Christ.

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,

consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

who was faithful to him that appointed him,

as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses,

inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

But every house is builded by some man;

but he that built all things is God..”

Hebrews 3:1-4.

The name Christian did not begin as a name of honor. It originated as a term of scorn by the world. According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, believers accepted the title in honor as time passed. The world remains the same. The name Christian receives open scorn among many. That’s the world.

We are of a different Spirit. To be a Christian is our greatest honor. It identifies the One we follow. It identifies the house we belong to. And know this for sure, there are those who,

“shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them;

for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:

and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”

Revelation 17:14.

We are the called, the chosen, the faithful. We are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb.

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so…”

Paul’s prayer for us.

“Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” 2Thessalonians 2:16.

May you go in the love of God brothers and sisters.

How do these things encourage and strengthen you in the word and work of the Lord?


Thank you for joining me today. As you think on these things, I’ll leave you with a question to ponder until my next post.

What does it mean, as a Christian, when Peter writes you are part of a holy priesthood?

Building Up or Tearing Down

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,

but that which is good to the use of edifying,

that I may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29.

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During our week of service with the teens, we saw how quickly a structure comes down. We, also, saw how much work and thought goes into building a structure. Both tearing down and building up require calculation.

In life tearing down happens all too often without thought of the destruction caused to another. One word reaps either life or death.

“But the tongue can no man tame,;

it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father;

and therewith curse we men,

which are made after the similitude of God.

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.

My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

James 3:8-10.

The only thing to tame the tongue is the love of Christ in us.

“We love him, because he first loved us.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:

for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen,

how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

And this commandment have we from him,

That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

1John 4:19-21.

Truly, we as the church of Jesus Christ, can expect nothing different from the world than what we see taking place in our society today. Those apart from Christ, do not know the love of God, nor how to love as God loves us, except they see God in us. We are His body,

“speaking the truth in love…

fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,

according to the effectual working in the measure of every part,

maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

Ephesians 4:15,16.

We are,

“the light of the world…

Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14,16.

We can only build up others as we,

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,

teaching and admonishing one another

in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Colossians 3:16.

  • What word will you speak today?
  • Will your tongue fuel the fire of hatred spreading across our land?
  • Will it fuel the fire of fear spoken by the unbelieving?
  • Or will it fuel the fire of the Holy Spirit, the word of Christ in you, the light of Christ’s love to be sown?

I will leave us with a Psalm to fill our day with words of the Father.

“Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children,

shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,

and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done…

That they might see their hope in God,

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments:”

Psalm 78: 1-4,7.

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Neither is God’s work on earth done. There are many still walking in darkness. He is still building His church. One day it will be completed. He invites us to join Him in the work. May we never tire of speaking of His wonderful works. That others will know there is hope in God.

The Kingdoms & Forgiveness

Part 3 of Kings & Kingdoms, Continued.

bloglove-699480_960_720“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,

forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32

Today’s scripture post is taken from Matthew 18:21-35 showing the heart of the Lord’s kingdom and the heart of the world’s kingdom.

The Lord’s kingdom:

“The came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?

Jesus saith…not unto …seven times but until seventy times seven.

Therefore the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon,

  • one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
  • But forasmuch as he had not to pay,
  • his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying,

Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

Then the lord of that servant

  • was moved with compassion,
  • and loosed him, and
  • forgave him the debt.

The word on the world’s kingdom:

But the same servant went out, and found one of the fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence:

  • and he laid hands on him,
  • and took him by the throat, saying,
  • Pay  that thou owest.

And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying,

Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

  • And he would not:
  • but went and cast him into prison,
  • till he should pay the debt….

Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him,

O thou wicked servant,

I forgave thee all that debt,

because thou desiredst me:

Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant,

even as I had pity on thee?

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you,

if ye from your hearts

forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

How do you define forgiveness?

The Golden Bowls

This is a previously published post that I like to revisit from time to time. I hope it speaks to your heart as we continue to ponder and hopefully practice prayer.

“And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Rev. 5:8DSCF0144

Saints, it’s time to pray.

“Our Father…”  “But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art the potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isa. 64:8. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” 1John 3:1a.

“which art in heaven…”  “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” Ps. 103:19.

“Hallowed be thy name.”  “Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Rev. 4:8. “…it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1Pet. 1:16. “… put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Eph. 4:24.

“Thy kingdom come…”  “…The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isa. 9:7b. “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1Cor. 4:20.

“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  “Teach me to do thy will: for thou art my God: thy spirit is good: lead me into the land of uprightness.” Ps. 143:10.

“Give us this day our daily bread.”  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:33.

“And forgive us our debts… ”   “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isa. 43:25. “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matt. 26:28. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9.

“…as we forgive our debtors.”  “But if we forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matt. 6:15.  “And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Eph. 4:32.

“And lead us not into temptation…”  “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 1:12.  

“…but deliver us from evil.”  “…The Lord is my rock… in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; The sorrows of hell compassed me…In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.” 2Sam. 22:2-7.

“For thine is the kingdom…”  “…one like the Son of man…came to the Ancient of days…and there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Dan. 7:13-14.

“…the power…”  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” Rom. 1:16.

“…the glory…”  “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor.3:18

“for ever.”  “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8.

“Amen.”  “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness…” Rev. 3:14.