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Meditations on His Word, December, 2016
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
There seems to be a controversial debate about whether or not there are females in heaven. Some people can become anything but Christian-like in their discussions and disputations. As we are instructed in God’s Holy Word in Titus 3:9, we should avoid contentious debates. At the same time we can ask for peace about this issue and leave it as one of those things that will be revealed to us in knowledge by the Holy Spirit of our Master in this life or that we will be exposed to the answer when we come into our Heavenly Father’s presence. I Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Debating whether there are females in heaven can be an interesting read, but it is not something that we should allow to rob us of our gentle, kind and respectful attitudes before others. After all, one of the two perspectives is correct, the female anatomy is or is not in heaven.
Perhaps what we are missing in this debate is that heavenly beings are as we are told in Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Just as we are seen by our Creator when we accept His Son as our Salvation in this world, so are we in the heavenly realm; spiritual beings with heavenly aspirations and objectives.
We can be sure, we will not be disappointed with whichever celestial or angelic resurrected manifestation we are in heaven. Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Peace be with you!
Meditations on His Word, November, 2016
I Corinthians 3:21- 23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
Could our Father’s Word be any clearer instruction for us to not be charmed, impressed or in awe of any man/woman? Now, this is not to say that we cannot respect and love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, but we must not be so fascinated with someone that we refuse to see their errors in teaching the Word of God.
Many have risen to fame and fortune with their charismatic and entertaining ways of building a following and professing to be a minister of Truth. Some are so in wonderment of these teachers that they are ignoring the pricking of the Holy Spirit of our Master/Teacher, Jesus our Christ. We must desire to be pricked in our hearts to hear and obey the teachings of our Lord.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
No one person is greater than another in the Kingdom of God here on earth. All Truth belongs to all who belong to Christ. We are instructed not to think higher of ourselves than we ought and we should not think higher of others than we ought.
Acts 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
We must be willing to examine ourselves according to the Word of God and to also examine those we are holding in high esteem. Not in a judging condemning way, but in a loving, patient and understanding way. We must always be alert to steering clear of those who would lead us into the ditch with themselves.
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.
The instruction from our Master to “Let them alone:” tells us to depart from the teachings of those in error so as to avoid falling in the ditch with them. We are always to desire the Truth and nothing but the Truth, so help us God!
Meditations on His Word, October, 2016
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
When we have a loss of a loved one, a health crisis, the loss of a job, the loss of a friendship or any other tragic experience in our lives, we are in such pain and anguish that we feel as if we will never feel comforted. But, just as our Father has promised, He has sent the Comforter/Holy Spirit in the name/nature/character of His only begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus the Christ!
When we are suffering so badly that no one can comfort us, the Holy Spirit will strengthen us and keep us going as we complete our time on earth. When we observe others who have gone through such tribulations manage to smile and care about life again, it is the manifestation of the comforting love of our Father and Savior through the Holy Spirit. We, within ourselves, can do nothing, but we can do all things through Christ and His Holy Spirit who strengthens and comforts us.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Once when I was terrified that I would lose my spouse to cancer and thinking it would somehow show a lack of faith if I cried or showed my anguish, I knelt by the bed and told the Lord, “I am going to fall apart now, but I know that you will pick me up and strengthen me.” And He did! ONLY the Holy Spirit of my Lord could have strengthened me at such a time and I am in awe when I see that strengthening manifested in others who are going through painful tribulations.
It is our duty to comfort and console those suffering in the example of our Lord, but without His Holy Spirit dwelling within us we cannot console or comfort ourselves or anyone else.
I Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Meditations on His Word, September, 2016
Some query that if Jesus started His ministry at 30 years of age, what was He doing in those preceding 30 years?
It may be human to question and wonder about things we are told in the Word of God, but unfortunately, it also seems to be a human trait to try to fill in what seems to be missing from our satisfactory understanding.
There are some far-fetched teachings out there about Jesus as a young child and as a young man before he began His ministry and accomplishment of His Father’s plan of salvation for all mankind. Why is it we have such a hard time just accepting what the Word of God says? Why do we perceive gaps that must be filled in with explanations? Why must we project our own weaknesses and spiritual immaturity onto to those written about in the Word of God?
There are teachings about Jesus as a young child causing children to wither and die for making Him angry or performing miracles among the community and people being in awe. Why can’t we accept that our Christ was as other fleshly children until He reached the age that His Father’s plan would be set in action? As a grown man He instructed some to not tell of the healings and miracles He did because He had much to accomplish before jealousy and anger stirred His persecutors to demand His crucifixion. If people knew Him as having the ability to heal or destroy then why did they ask in Mark 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter, son of Mary. They would have already known Him and His reputation.
Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
We are clearly told in I Corinthians 13:9-12 that we do not know or understand everything, but we will in time. We should never try to act as if we know everything or we will be shown to be teaching falsely or lying. Study only the Word of God and take it at its Holy Word.
I Corinthians 13:9-12 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Surely, we do not want to be guilty of disobeying our Lord’s instructions in Revelation 22:18 & 19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Meditations on His Word, August, 2016
Matthew 15:27 & 28 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
How wonderful it would be for any one of us to hear from our Savior such a commendation of our spiritual condition…great is thy faith! The humility, yet surety, and submissiveness of this woman’s faith so impressed and touched our Lord that He granted her that which she sought from Him.
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. This woman was exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit before Christ had even completed His mission and His Spirit was sent to teach and comfort all who accepts Him. Maybe the Lord was witnessing what he said about finding the fire already kindled when he returns, Luke 12:49.
This woman represents all of us as sinners. When become conscious of our miserable spiritual states, repent and finally come to our Lord for acceptance and forgiveness we are happy with even the crumbs of the Bread of Life. The least of Christ is so very precious to a believer. It creates a hunger for more of more of Him.
In verse 26 of chapter 15 Christ seems to be saying to the woman that she is unsuitable to receive anything from him. When we are rebuked by our Lord it is to humble us because a proud un-humbled heart does not accept nor understand our own unworthiness. Once we are humbled we can readily have compassion for those who feel so unworthy of God’s love. A believer’s heart is made new and they have a new love for ALL mankind.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Having faith in our Lord Jesus is what gives us eternal life. It is that faith which honors Christ and our Heavenly Father the most!
Meditations on His Word, July, 2016
Matthew 3:9 And think 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.
Ah, John the Baptist sure knew how to knock the pride and arrogance out of people, didn’t he? His purpose was to make the way straight for Jesus and he got to the point about the truth and the purpose of mankind. He told the truth about sinful behavior and repentance, as he told to King Herod about marrying his brother’s wife/niece.
What John was telling them, and us, is that we must look to ourselves about how we might think we do not need to repent of our sins and that we need not to be baptized/cleansed/wholly consumed by the power of our Lord’s teaching and sacrifice on the cross. If we claim to love our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus, then we should embrace the need and desire to repent as we have been instructed.
Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Too many think that because they have followed the doctrines of their churches, organizations and denominations that they do not need to repent. They have been deceived into believing that they have it covered and need not be concerned with repentance. In their deception lies the belief that they are special above all others to God and this leads to pride and self-righteousness which leads to disobedience and lack of repentance.
Why would John the Baptist and then our Savior come teaching repentance if it is not needed by all mankind? We cannot bring forth the fruits of the Holy Spirit without repentance.
Luke 5:31 & 32 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Romans 3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Meditations on His Word, June, 2016
Luke 10:25-37 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
In the news this week we read of a tow truck driver refusing to help a disabled lady after a car accident because of her political choice of Presidential candidates. Once he saw a bumper sticker stating her choice on her car he says God told him to get back in his truck and drive away. He stated that he was a Christian.
Now I know from experience that our Lord does speak to us through our spirits to chastise, correct, teach and convict us. When it happens you will have no doubt that you are hearing from Him. But, a good rule of thumb in case you are not certain which spirit you are hearing from; yours or the Holy Spirit, is to always test to see if it aligns with our Father’s Holy Word. As representatives of our Christ we should never allow our political ideologies to supersede the teachings of our Master/Teacher, Jesus. He makes His teachings very clear in the above verses as to how we are to treat each other here on earth. May we all remember His teachings and make Him proud of us by exemplifying them to all mankind.
Meditations on His Word, May, 2016
I Corinthians 6:9 & 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
So many teach that these verses are saying that all those listed will burn in Hell forever and ever and never go to heaven, but by the very next verse we are told differently.
I Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. First, there is no Hell to burn in forever and ever. Hell is the willful absence of God and His righteousness in our lives. Secondly, we all experience Hell when we were and are living outside His Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in His Holy Spirit. Of course, those listed above are not inheriting the Kingdom of God while they are being deceived by the lack of Truth, but they will become heirs of His Kingdom the moment they accept the WAY to the Kingdom; Jesus, our Christ! As we grow and mature in His Truth we become washed, cleansed, sanctified and baptized by our Savior’s sacrifice on the cross and we inherit His Kingdom here on earth. 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.
You don’t have to look too far into the list of those not possessing the Kingdom of God to find yourself. The list above does not list all unrighteousness. The teachings of our Master through His Holy Word tell us of many things that make us unrighteous in the eyes of our Father. Having accepted Christ we should be the most understanding, forgiving and patient with those outside the Kingdom. Understanding that as our Lord says we were such before we became cleansed and sanctified by His name and by being lead by His Spirit, should we not be the most patient with others? We must not be judgmental or condemning or we are not being righteous and therefore; we, too, are not heirs of the Kingdom of God. It is so easy to see others unrighteousness, but we must hear the Spirit of God chastising us of our own unrighteousness. Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Meditations on His Word, April, 2016
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Saw a headline that says more people today believe in an afterlife, but fewer are praying. How does someone measure or determine that fewer are praying? The above verses are given to us as instruction from our Master as to how we are to pray. For those who follow his admonition about praying no one would know when, where and for how long they pray. Praying to our Heavenly Father is a private communion with Him. We should be very careful about trying to calculate how much others are praying. It is a wonderful gift that mankind has been given to supplicate for guidance, forgiveness and deliverance in the name of Jesus our Christ from our Heavenly Father. It is not ours to use for passing judgment on others.
Now there is intrinsically nothing wrong with having a group prayer or someone saying grace over their meal in public, but when it is done to try to show one’s self-righteousness to others, it is seen as hypocritical by our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior. We may be able to impress someone else, but their regard is our only reward. We cannot con our God, nor will He reward us for our pride. He knows our hearts, minds and intentions. We would do well to listen to the instruction and conviction of the Holy Spirit of our Savior and mind our own houses/bodies/minds/spirits and when we pray follow our Lord’s instruction: Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Meditations on His Word, March, 2016
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
The word gospel means good news or communication delivered by messengers of God: His Truth.
When we see the analytics of our website and see that we are being viewed by people all over the world it makes our spirits so happy! We so much want to bring the truth of the gospel to all who are seeking it. It is our purpose as instructed by our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Jesus says in verses one and two of chapter 13 of Mark that the great temple buildings built on false teachings would be destroyed. How? By His truth of the gospel being taught in all nations. Once someone has heard the truth and the Holy Spirit has convicted them of its authenticity they will never want to go back to false teachings. These false temples will come down from within their parishioners and from without, literally.
We have been instructed by our Master to sow seeds of His truth of the gospel and he will make them increase. To think that we can literally sow those seeds in one part of the world and others all around the world can have the increase in the knowledge of His truth is truly a glorious thing. Glorious to our Father and His Kingdom here on Earth! Every sower is blessed beyond measure by sharing in the expanding of His Kingdom. To continue the work of our Savior, Jesus our Christ, is the greatest blessing anyone could receive.
Colossians 1: 5 & 6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
To publish, proclaim, exalt and spread the truth of the gospel has been happening since our Christ fulfilled His great commission and taught His disciples. Today, as more and more are hearing the truth and knowing it is the grace of our Father, we are helping to enlarge the kingdom of heaven. What a privilege to be a servant for our Father and His only begotten Son, Jesus!
Keep on publishing the truth of the Gospel!!
Meditations on His Word, February, 2016
I John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
If we profess that we believe Jesus Christ came in the flesh, we are childern of God who hear His Truth and belive it. I John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. We also recognize errors in teaching and have patience with those still in false teachings, but we must not condone nor perpetuate their errors. Just as we are taught by our Master to come out of ignorance, He will bring them out also. This is one way we express the love we are to have for mankind.
Our world is in such need of love. If followers of Jesus Christ do not exhibit love, who will? So many say they love as God is love, but we see such horrible things being said and done to others. People seem to have no empathy or sympathy for others’ plights or hardships. The attitude that “I have mine, you should have gotten yours” or “You must have done something wrong or didn’t do something as virtuous as me to be in your plight”, is not what Christ taught us about the poor or downtrodden. Worse, they seem to have no shame about their thoughts or actions. They are encouraged by those in the world’s media to continue to manifest their unloving viewpoints. Even some preachers are encouraging this type of un-Godly behavior in their pulpits and churches. They are creating fear in people, fear of others’ perspectives and lives. I John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Showing love is more than just how you treat those in church. It’s how you treat those who may differ with you in religion, politics, societal lifestyles, etc. We can see some hateful attitudes daily as people encounter each other. We can disagree respectfully without being so hateful and ugly. Did you always know the Truth or were you caught up in religions, denominations or beliefs that were in error? If our Father and our Master had patience and love for us, can we not show that patience and love to others? Love truly is manifesting the fruits of the spirit to others. We must show love by being patient, even tempered, peaceful and gentle in our speech and actions. 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.
One thing is for certain, if we are not showing the love of God, He will chastise, correct and discipline us to be more loving. He has promised. Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? Nothing like experiencing some trials and tribulations to get our attention that we need some conforming into the likeness of our Heavenly Father and His proof of His love for us; His only begotten Son, Jesus our Christ/Savior!
Meditations on His Word, January, 2016
The Parables of Matthew Chapter 13
Our Teacher and Savior, Jesus, gave us such beautiful and thought-provoking lessons for our lives, now and in the hereafter. His love shines through in His teachings when He is explaining the Kingdom of God in this chapter. When our spiritual minds are opened by Him and we begin to understand His symbolic teachings, the Word of God opens up to us like never before. Some are still in spiritual blindness and worldly teachings and will suffer the consequences for their lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. People who hear the Truth, but reject it cannot be used as His priests to teach the Truth. We have so many teachers already who are not teaching the Truth and God’s people are spiritually being destroyed. Priests of God need to be leading others (their children and their children’s children) to seek the Kingdom of God and to retain it and share it.
In chapter 13 of Matthew, Jesus warns us that there is work for us to do and obstacles to be overcome as we grow in His knowledge. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
He tells us that in this world (field/sea) there are many workmen digging for that treasure, pearl and that huge catch. Unfortunately, many are letting preachers, pastors and teachers do their seeking for them. If the preacher, pastor or teacher does not find or understand that great treasure of Truth he or she will continue teaching what he or she have been taught in their lives . Servants must not be lazy, but do their own seeking and searching for the wisdom and understanding that only our Heavenly Father can bestow upon all of His children. When they find it these workmen/servants must separate the Truth from misunderstanding and false teachings. They must not be ashamed to say that the Master has enlightened them with the Truth and they will uphold it. They must hold dearly unto the Truth to help to build the house of God, His Kingdom of His children, here on earth.
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.