LOOK ALWAYS TO THE SCRIPTURES

LOOK ALWAYS TO THE SCRIPTURES

We must especially watch and pray against the sins to which we are inclined. The written word of God is the surest rule of a Christian’s life, and by this rule we are commanded to be holy every way. God makes those holy whom he saves.

Matthew Henry

Remember when we were kids and and the cartoons and movies we watched many times presented characters that were good and evil, and just about every time good was always victorious. Too bad in the spiritual realm it is not that way, not yet any way.

I had a difficult time trying to figure out what to call today’s devotional, so I say we “Look always to the scriptures”.

As Christians, we must be different from the way, WAY different. We are supposed to think differently, act differently, speak to others differently, etc. Why? Because if we truly are Christians, we are filled and endowed with the Spirit of God! We are commanded to put off the old man, crucify the flesh, and put on the new man. Why would God save us from our sins and then expect us to stay the same? Granted, He could easily have some way of completely transform us into glory right here and now on earth, but He wants us to grow slowly, learn to be dependent on Him, trust Him, and praise and glorify Him. That is why we always need to be in the scriptures, studying, praying, seeking, that we would be less like the world and more like Christ.

When you study God’s Word in diligence and seek Him much in prayer, you will start to see  a chasm if you will, where the good and evil start to divide, you start to understand about comparing your life and contrasting it to the Word of God. 

James the author of the book of the same name, who was the half-brother of Jesus says it in a metaphor about looking into a mirror (which is the Word of God) seeing our sin, and then goes away and immediately forget what he (gender neutral) immediately forgets what he saw. One the other hand is the Christian, who intently looks (meditates upon) the law (Word of God), and to not only hear, but do what it says. The Bible is full of compares and contrasts, especially in the book of Psalms and the book of Proverbs.

If we are reading or hearing only, and not applying and growing, one of a few things is wrong. 1) The church you attend is not teaching the Bible, rather they are teaching the opinions of man. 2) You are not preparing yourself to receive the message that God wants you to hear. 3) You are not applying what you heard. These are the 3 basic, yet major things we as Christians need to be fed every time we gather as His elected people.

So remember, always go to the Word for all of your daily life needs, for God cannot lie and will always steer you to absolute truth, which is what this world desperately needs!

#ToGodBeTheGlory

WHO DO YOU TRUST?

WHO DO YOU TRUST?

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie Ten Boom

Suffering is not fun! I know suffering, because that is what I was doing before that nice lady rescued me from my demise. I was neglected, malnourished, unloved, no one cared. All I was good for was to be raised for money for drugs and eventually be sold into slavery of being a bait dog for dog fighting.

Christians were made for suffering! Rather we like to believe that or not is between you, God, and His Word. If Christians were not made to suffer, we would have the good life with no problems whatsoever. Snap our fingers and God would give us our hearts desires. Glory be to God that He does NOT operate that way as so many false converts make Him out to be.

This mornings readings were in the books of First and Second Peter, and boy you want to talk about some suffering! We are even told beforehand that they will come in and during our lives. Now these words the Apostle Peter was writing to the persecuted Jewish, but is for our benefit as well. For we are one people under one God.

1 Peter 1:6 – In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.

More importantly, we are not to be worried or focused upon these trials and tribulations (some say easier said than done), this is why we need to daily be dependent upon God for ALL things! We need to be in is Word, we need to be in prayer, we need to be seeking always to do His Will and honor Him, and we cannot do this if we do not fully trust God.

Many people struggle with this concept because they are trusting in who they might refer to as a “someone” or a “something” because they d not see God, they do not audibly hear God, and they may not be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. When one comes to faith, these are the things, the signs they do trust God, because they are given peace and hope by the Holy Spirit, words that comfort us that we do not have to worry anymore. We learn to trust a Savior who suffered far greater than any of us ever will. If we cannot trust in God, then there is no hope for us some day.

We need to get out of ourselves, our mindsets, our thoughts and learn God’s will, and yes, we will suffer, some greater than others. But when we think of suffering, we always think of the worst right away, but when we realize it is for our benefit and God’s glory, it is worth it. Say for a (bad) example, we quit using media. The suffering would be withdraws at first, but the benefits would be more time with God and less stress of the things going on in the broken world.

I leave this with you today. I highly encourage us all to read all of the book of 1 Peter, and ask God to show us how to live for Him, honor Him, suffer for Him, glorify Him. Ask Him to purge the things, the cares, the concerns of this world from us and that we seek to do His will and walk in the ways of holiness we are called to do in 1 Peter.


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A Godly life – A life truly worth living

A Godly life – A life truly worth living

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2 Timothy 3:12-14 – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

I do not mean funny as in ha-ha, but in sadness and shame, that so many so-called, self professing and confessing Christians in this nation may be so called impostors. Yes, these may be quite hard words to hear, and a very hard pill to swallow, but do yourself a favor and deeply and truthfully examine yourself (as all Christians are commanded to do) in light of the Holy Scriptures and the sins against God that they speak of.

Do you gossip, slander, back-bite, haughty, prideful, unloving, unkind, and we have not even got to the “so-called” BIG sins yet, like stealing, adultery, coveting. We spend more time chasing the things of this world, arguing and debating about the things of this world, and little if any of Christ! THIS SHOULD NOT BE!

As I am reading 2 Timothy this morning and writing about this, Paul says in chapter 3 verse 12 – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Matthew 10:22 – You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

James 4:4 – You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

John 3:19 – This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. (which is only a few verses after the beloved verse of John 3:16 many people love to quote, and often times do so improperly).

1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 5:10-12 – “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Breaking these few scriptures can be read and thought of as such. I also love the fact how the Holy Spirit caused the Apostle Paul to use a comma in his opening statement. Indeed,. The word indeed means that you are underscoring or introducing a point that is truth or means as a matter of fact. So many people look at the scriptures in a sinful manner of being relevant (or worse irrelevant!) and do not believe that truth can be absolute. The Word of God is the ONLY thing in this life, in His Holy Word, and the eternity to come that is 100% pure absolute truth, so we best be listening what He is trying to tell you and me!

So Indeed, all who desire… Do you daily think on, dwell on, dream about, etc what your desires are? Are you purposefully living for the world and the things therein, or do you desire to live for and to please God in all your conduct and daily business. Do you pray for wisdom from above in the new graces and mercies you have been shown to even have the ability to get out of bed? Most of us take that for granted every day! Do we go out an lavishly spend on ourselves expensive coffees, or fancy foods to show the world how good we take care of our bodies by spending more than we ought to (yup, did this with intention to get us to all think how foolishly we are!)

Look back just a few paragraphs and let the seriousness of James 4:4 pierce our spirits and convict us if need be! There there is 1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

These are signs that help prove, a litmus test if you will, those who are following Jesus Christ in their lives. If we also look back to the previous chapter, chapter 3, we see who the people are who are not following Christ, especially these, our days of difficulty. People will love themselves, love money, proud, arrogant, abusive, ungrateful, slanderous, hate good, reckless, and the like.

If we seek from God, wisdom from above in the power of the Holy Spirit, whose purpose is, to give the Christian the Godly abilities to live a life that is pleasing to God. That is why we daily need to be in the Word of God, praying to God, seeking God, working out HIS will and purpose in our lives, he will give us the ability to see the false sheep, wolves in sheep’s clothing and who to stay away from.

The end of chapter 4 sums all of this up in: All scripture, that is both the Old Testament and the New Testament, is God breathed, or breathed out by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, and equipped for every good work.

Does any of these things speak to you as a Godly person, one who daily seeks God, depends on Him strives for Him in all things, for your good and His glory? Or are you the opposite and stand in His way that your will be done? One way is just a life, the other is a full and meaningful life. The standards have been set, but it is for us to seek by His Word, which life we are truly living. May we properly use the grace and mercy given us this day, to seek repentance if need be, and that He would use us in a worthy manner to glory Him however He sees fit.

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