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Meditations on His Word, December 2017
Revelation 3:18 & 19 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Our Savior, Jesus the Christ is instructing the churches (all believers) in the above verses of what to desire to become mature and useful servants in the Kingdom of God here on earth. He is teaching us to seek to acquire of Him “gold tried in the fire” which is His Truth, His Way, His Light and His Life. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus accomplished being tried in the fire with His life, death and resurrection while here on earth. Now He offers us the gift of His purification to come into our own purification so that we “mayest be rich” (spiritually rich in knowledge, peace, righteousness and joy).
We all must be purified by fire. Fire represents the Glory of our Heavenly Father and our purification brings us closer and closer into union with Him. Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Overcoming is maturing, growing and learning by the discipline, experiences and the knowledge that our Father bestows upon us in this earthly life. He tells us that no discipline/chastening for the moment feels good, but we will develop gradually from experience to experience (glory to glory). Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
II Corinthians 3:18 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.
His promise of those who overcome to sit with Him in His throne as He sits with His Father in His throne is the greatest reward anyone could hope for in this life and for eternity!
Meditations on His Word, November, 2017
“Shake the dust off your feet”
Read of a pastor of a church encouraging some parishioners to lie and deceive the government about their businesses’ employees filing for unemployment benefits. These employers would confirm to the government that these filers were unemployed. Then they would allow the government to pay them while they still worked long overtime hours for the employers.
Now, the pastor told the business owners this when they said they would not be able to tithe as much as they had been because of the slowdown of the economy. This pastor was only concerned with keeping the money coming into the church and not that the workers now received half their incomes to take care of their families. The business owners in the church would also lie about the applicants seeking work, as is required for claiming benefits. They would have them apply at each other’s places of business. Also, no remorse for making liars out of all the workers who filed for unemployment.
Where to start? Obviously, we have decided to ignore the 9th commandment, Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Is lying to people who work in government the exemption to this commandment. No, it is not!
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Now, I’m sure the pastor and these business-owning parishioners try to justify that by lying they are helping to continue supporting their church and therefore; they are supporting Christianity and our Heavenly Father. But, are they? To support our Heavenly Father, Christianity and the Kingdom of God here on earth, should we do the complete opposite of what His Holy Word says? Of course not! A terrible example of obeying the Holy Word of God was being perpetrated to all who were involved in this scheme and for all who were even aware of it.
What is also troubling with this scenario is whenever a pastor, denomination or any religious organization goes off the Holy instructional path of God, why do so many go along with it? We are not to be in bondage to go along with others confusion or disobedience. That would be “the blind leading the blind”. We are to “shake off the dust from our feet” and come out from under their instruction. The spiritual freedom you feel when you distance yourself from false and misunderstood teaching is beautiful. You may feel sad and empathetic for those who are still involved, but you will continue to pray for them, to repent and you will continue to love them.
Meditations on His Word, October, 2017
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Heard on the local Christian radio station the other day the announcer say, “Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if there had been cell phone cameras and Twitter and Facebook back in Jesus’ time? People could have seen His miracles and heard His sermons in person and shared them on social media and then more would say, “I believe!”
Now as delightful as that scenario sounds, what did our Lord and Savior have to say about this? In John 20:25 Thomas also wanted proof of Jesus’ miracle of rising from the dead. Thomas wanted to see and touch the wounds for himself before he would believe what Jesus had been teaching to all as they discipled with Him.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Jesus said unto Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. John 20:27-29
“Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Do not take our Lord’s words lightly. When we have faith based on what we have not literally seen with our earthly eyes we are truly blessed by our Heavenly Father…with the gift of Faith! We must accept that gift and hold it profoundly in our hearts! We must yearn for others to accept and revere that same gift of faith!
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
The disciples and the crowds of people of Jesus’ time were blessed to see and hear Him in the flesh, but we are likewise blessed to believe by Faith. Different gifts to different people at different times. Our faith, without seeing, is our loving gift to our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus the Christ!
Meditations on His Word, September, 2017
Matthew 5:20, 21 & 22 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
In Matthew chapter 5 our Master/Teacher is instructing us in how to become the members in the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth that we are called to be in His name/nature. Jesus has described the blessings that are bestowed upon His followers along with what they will endure as He endured. He also warns us of how we will be seen and judged by our Heavenly Father if we disobey His teachings in maturing in His Kingdom.
In verse 20 Jesus teaches us that the scribes and Pharisees had fallen to their own beliefs in what is righteous and had lost the righteousness expected and commanded by our Father. Jesus tells us that we must exceed and overcome the false and self-righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees or we will never be members of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. If we refuse to come out from under false teachings, doctrines or ideologies we cannot represent the true righteousness of God. We must examine ourselves as to where and to whom our love and allegiance is bestowed. We must not be afraid to come out of false teachings. Our Father is a jealous God and He will only wink at our stubbornness for so long. Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
In verse 21 Jesus tells us that although it is written “Thou shalt not kill” He expounds on this teaching by saying we are not to hate or be angry with any man for no reason, such as race, nationality or religious beliefs. He then adds that we are not to call anyone too empty-headed (Raca) to come into the Kingdom of Heaven. But He emphasizes that we are to never call someone a fool (worthless, condemned, and never able to gain salvation). By calling someone a fool we are making a judgment call that we do not have the right to make. Our Master is warning us that when we make that judgment we are in danger of being judged with the punishment that we believe will be delivered unto them. Matthew 7:1 & 2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
I Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
May we all understand that we must desire and seek to become the mature righteousness of God as we grow and learn in this life so that we may enter into His Kingdom of Heaven. We must have His loving heart to want ALL men to come into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Meditations on His Word, August, 2017
Acts 17:30 & 31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
“Of this ignorance” are words from the Holy Word of God that we should take notice of and appreciate from the bottom of our hearts. Paul was speaking to the men of Athens of their superstitions and idolatry worship when he said, “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. Acts 17:29. To admonish them on these behaviors and to guide them into a closer relationship with God, Paul taught them that our Heavenly Father once “winked at” (overlooked for a time) their ignorance, BUT NOW commands all mankind to repent (gain knowledge/righteousness and turn away from false teachings and practices) and seek salvation through faith and acceptance of the birth, death and resurrection of His only begotten son, Jesus our Christ!
We must understand that as we mature in our union with our Father and His Son, we are in ignorance of the Truth and must repent of some misleading teachings we have gained through our Biblical instructions from well-meaning, but also ignorant teachers, preachers and religious doctrines.
How loving is our Father that He winks at our ignorance, but as we mature He expects us to open our spiritual eyes and ears to His Truth and turn from our ignorance. He commands that we do not repeat nor support those who are still in ignorance or else we are as the blind leading the blind, Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. He expects us to share the Truth as it is revealed to us with patience and love. We are not to condemn or judge others’ salvation because of their teachings. We are to sow the seeds of Truth, water the seeds of Truth sown by others and then wait for our Father to multiply those seeds of Truth in others minds and hearts.
I Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
The work/teaching we do in ignorance shall be burned (destroyed by God’s glorifying Truth), I Corinthians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire, but we shall be saved by that same glorifying Truth which is Christ our Lord.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Meditations on His Word, July, 2017
Luke 17:15-17 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Jesus was aghast at the lack of thankfulness and glorifying of God for their healing by the other nine. We must be willing to search our hearts and see if we are as the nine or as the Samaritan who gave thanks and glorified God in our day to day lives.
These verses are so instructional from our Father to remind us to always, ALWAYS be thankful to God! Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Our Father certainly always deserves our thanks and our glorifying of His love for us, but there is also a maturing message in His teaching on being thankful.
When we are truly thankful we are more likely not to commit sins. Immorality is tied to not having a thankful heart.
When we are content and thankful for what we have we are not as likely to commit the sin of coveting what someone else has or stealing what does not belong to us.
When we are happy and thankful for how others see us we do not lie to try to obtain favor or notoriety.
When we are truly thankful for our spouse we are not tempted to lust after someone else or to commit adultery.
When we are thankful for the very life God has given us we will not take another’s life.
BUT, when we take our minds off of giving thanks where does our focus go? To what we don’t have and what we think will satisfy our desires.
Not only is the lack of giving thanks a rejection of God’s glory, but giving thanks is needed by us to live a holy life. Giving thanks keeps our hearts and souls in unity with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and comfort. Unity with our Father and His only begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus, is what we all should long for in this life.
John 16:7 & 13 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth (Holy Spirit), is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Meditations on His Word, June, 2017
Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
As we look around today at how our youth are being raised, we are admonished and convicted by this verse. We have clearly been instructed by our Heavenly Father in how to raise our children and to do it early in their lives. Discipline administered when we are young children helps us to become much more responsible, caring, loving and mature adults. Too many spoil the lives of the very ones they supposedly love by not teaching, disciplining, guiding and preparing them for real life. By spoiling a child into believing there are no consequences to their misbehaving and that they are allowed to do whatever they want, we are lying to them and setting them up to be corrected and disciplined by the society in which they live. Too many are not teaching boundaries to their children. They are not teaching them to respect others properties, possessions or points of view. We must teach them to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Too many misunderstand Proverbs 13:24 and think they must beat their children with a literal rod to discipline them. Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. The rod and staff are instruments of guidance, correction for staying on the correct path and for protection. They are used to keep us from spiritual assaults and spiritual death. They are used to help us to mature literally and spiritually into ones to be used in the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Hebrews 12:6 & 7 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Proverbs 3:11 & 12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
If we truly love our children, should we not desire to emulate our Father’s love for us and be dutiful in obeying His instructions on how to raise our children in the best possible way? With love, patience, guidance and discipline.
Meditations on His Word, May, 2017
I Peter 2:9 & 10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
When we have those moments in our lives when we feel like we are making no difference in this world and are unsure of our purpose to show our love by serving our Heavenly Father, this chapter can give us peace and comfort for our souls. His Word gives us reassurance of who we truly are to our Father and our Savior, Jesus. We thank Him for His merciful plan of salvation to make us His people and His children.
Our Father has called us out of the darkness of sin and hopelessness to light up the world with His Truth and Light. We have been chosen by his calling to carry forth the Knowledge and Truth of His Holy Word. We have obtained His mercy and we are to show His mercy to all mankind. Knowing that we once were not His people, but by our faith in His Son as our forgiveness and salvation we are now the people of God. We are to be filled with compassion and understanding to those still being called out of the darkness. We are to exhibit love, patience, kindness, temperance, etc. (Galatians 5:22 & 23) as the fruit of the Holy Spirit becomes our spiritual makeup.
If we ever get to feeling pride in ourselves about who we are to our Heavenly Father, as if we are special more so than others, we must admonish ourselves that we are to serve others by doing as we have been commanded to do. We are to show with our very existence our praises to our Father by showing His Truth and Light to all who desire to obtain mercy as we have obtained mercy.
Yes, we may be a peculiar people, but praising our Father by exemplifying His love and mercy to all mankind is a peculiarity that brings our spirits joy and peace.
Meditations on His Word, April, 2017
Ezekiel Chapter 34
- And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
- Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
- Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
- The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
- And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
Our Father is telling us that as teachers, pastors, preachers, etc., we have an obligation/commandment to teach the Truth of His Word.
If we are not teaching the Truth then His flock is not being fed and they become victims to those who would prey on them with false teachings to gain prosperity and notoriety. These predators do not care about feeding the flock with Truth. They do not care for those who are in confusion and seeking the Truth. They only care about maintaining their congregations for the wealth and celebrity that they seek. They desire praise and recognition for their seminary educations, books they have written and their charismatic abilities to attract crowds. Meanwhile, those under their tutelage are spiritually being weakened and killed instead of strengthened and spiritually healed by the Truth.
We have our Father’s promise that He will judge, correct and expose those who are not teaching the Truth. Ezekiel 34:11 & 12 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day (the days of no light from the absence of Truth being taught).
Our instructions are clear. I Peter 5:2 & 3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Meditations on His Word, March, 2017
Luke 17:3 “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”
John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness
As followers of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we must pause and remember that we have been instructed by Him and His Word on what our responsibilities are here on earth to prepare all mankind for the Kingdom of God. Jesus commands us above all, to love one another and with that love to treat each other as we would have them treat us. With that commandment in our hearts we should enter each day with loving, caring, kindness, gentleness and patience toward others.
Too many try to judge, admonish, instruct and teach others without really being filled with the Holy Spirit of our Master. Without His Holy Spirit we fall short in being true representatives of Christ. We must exemplify the fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22 & 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law., or “we have a boulder in our eye while trying to point out the speck in another’s eye”. We must examine our emotions, pre-conceived opinions of others and our intentions before we begin to admonish, judge or even encourage another or else we are hypocrites and we all know how our Lord feels about hypocrites!
Luke 6:41 & 42 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Matthew 15:7 & 8 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
We truly need each other as we go through our daily walk with our Lord. We need to stand for the truth, represent it and share it with others with love and patience. Condemning, judging without righteousness and brotherly love is an abomination to our Lord.
Abomination: Something not fit to be used.
Meditations on His Word, February, 2017
Exodus 14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
“Ye shall hold your peace”, “Be still”; these are instructions, admonitions, counsels, advice and words to the wise from our Heavenly Father to His children meant to comfort them in their time of fear, trials and tribulations. When we allow ourselves to be consumed or overwhelmed with fear, worry and desperation we are in need of discipline from our Father. We need to be reminded that He is our God and He is in control of our lives.
Sometimes in our lives we are being used as instruments of our Father to bring heathen/non-believers into the kingdom of God and the exaltation of our Father. When others observe us going through trying times they may have their spiritual eyes and ears opened by the faith we exhibit by being still and knowing that God is fighting for us. They may jeer and ask where our help from God is, but if we are still and cling to our faith, God will be exalted in their eyes as well as in ours. Psalms 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
When Jesus spoke to the storm, “Peace, be still!” in Mark 4:39, He was speaking to us all. When we are going through the storms of life we must grow in faith to trust Him to rescue us. He will calm the storms around us and within us, if we will only be still.
We must obey His words and be still and relax in the Lord. He is in control. We must meditate on and remember the times that He has helped ourselves, other believers, and people in Scripture. God promises to help us and never to leave us. We must talk to Him, trust in Him, be still, and we will hear His calming voice, be filled with His Holy Spirit communing with our spirits and rest upon His strength and His love for each and every one of His children.
Psalms 37:7-9 Rest (be still and at peace) in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait (be still) upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Meditations on His Word, January, 2017
Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
What a wonderful verse to instruct us in how to become a high (Mature in righteousness) priest for our Lord! Our Savior has made us and is making us kings and priests: our acceptance of Him as the only begotten Son of our Heavenly Father, His death on the cross for our sins and the obedience of repenting and transforming from glory to glory into what He commands us to become. He is not coming to take us to some heavenly place, but comes to us and within us to become what He desires us to be here on earth.
Revelation 1:5 & 6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
We look around the world today and we see the lack of empathy too many have for those suffering spiritually, physically, financially and psychologically. If we are to have compassion for others we must acknowledge, confess and repent of our old attitudes. Too many get caught up in believing if they give some money to a charitable cause or church that is all that is required of them as a representative of Jesus our Christ.
When we see others suffering, do we truly feel for them and what they are going through? Can we imagine ourselves so intensely in their situation that our hearts hurt for them? We may think we do, but if and when we have a disaster, infirmity or a trying time come into our own lives we then truly begin to understand compassion and empathy. The same compassion and empathy our Father had for us as He designed His plan of salvation for all mankind. When our Lord was born into a flesh body to experience what man experiences upon this earth, our Father and His Son exemplified the very meaning of empathy and compassion. Hebrews 5:8 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;
As we live in this life and experience trials and tribulations we can look back at these times and can see our Father's love at work. These are such teaching times in our lives. To experience the pain and suffering that another has experienced can bring us an understanding, love and sympathy for mankind that we could never fathom.