10-18-2019 GOD'S WAY IS JESUS!
Gen 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
As we continue through the bible we see the covenant that God had made with Abraham is to go through Sarah! While Ishmael was Abrahams son, God had chosen Sarah to bear Isaac and that the covenant would be through him!
You see no matter how well we think we can control or change or do things our way, it may not be God's way! God's way is through Jesus and Jesus says it this way...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.
There is no other way but GOD'S WAY, and that WAY IS THROUGH JESUS! Read and understand God's Word so that you can KNOW AND GROW GOD'S WAY!
10-17-2019 I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE LORD!
Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
God made a covenant with Abraham! Now a covenant is a pledge and a allegiance between two people! Now God told Abraham I will make you a father of many nations! So this covenant and allegiance was shown to God by circumcision which is a cutting away of skin! This was to be done to all males and to be a "token" of this covenant! This begins the process of a people being separated from other people on earth and being faithful unto God!
Gen 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
God uses separation to show the difference between Holy and unholy and between righteousness and unrighteousness! Don't be afraid to separate from people who are not in Christ or are walking in a fleshly matter!
PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE LORD NO MATTER WHAT!
10-16-2019 GODS FINGER!
Exo 31:18 "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God".
God wrote the 10 commandments with His finger! He wrote it and then gave to Moses! Now Moses took the tablets down to Israel and dropped them because he was in shock that they had begun to worship a idol so quickly after all God had done for them!
BUT it was God who wrote the first commandments and began the process of preservation of His Word! The Bible is God's word! The bible is Jesus for He is called the Word! Moses went on to write the first 5 books of the bible which was called "THE BOOK"! Joshua went on and added and so on! The bible is a book that holds God's revelation and He has given His inspiration and has preserved His words through copies of this book! Many years back the church tried to stop these copies from getting out, but God's Word can not be stopped! READ GOD'S WORD DAILY FOR IT IS "PENNED BY GOD'S FINGER"!
10-15-2019 Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Man was so awful that God repented, meaning regretted creating man. Not that God had done anything wrong but rather man had! SO God decided to wipe out man and start over. He extended grace toward Noah and his family and then flooded the earth! Now Noah had nothing to deserve this grace just as we have not either! He received and built the ark in faith when others were laughing at him!
Sometimes we must step out in faith against all odds! When others make laugh or say "he can't do that" or "who does he/she think they are"! We have to be willing to be willing to go forward in faith regardless of the consequences! WALK BY FAITH SAINTS, you just might survive a "GREAT FLOOD" OF PAIN!
10-14-2019 Abraham was a Chaldean which is not Israel just so you know! He would have been a gentile at that time since Israel had not been formed yet! Now God tells ABRAM, (not Abraham at that time) to get out of Chaldea and go to a land called Canaan and Canaan is modern day Israel! Now God told Abram to go and "I will make thee a great nation" and "I will make thy name great"!! God also said "...and ALL the families of the earth will be blessed"! ALL the families meaning Jew and gentile!
Gen 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Gen 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
... 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
So Abraham after God changed his name then went on to be the father of all nations in a way and Father of 3 major religions of the world! Islam (through Ishmael), Judaism and Christianity! Now Abraham had to be faithful and showed that faithfulness by being WILLING to sacrifice his son, which God promised to him! Now if he was going to make him a great nation you would think that God would not have him sacrifice his son after that would be going backwards instead of building you would be descending! This just goes to show us that we do not think the way God does and that we are to be FAITHFUL even when we think we may lose! We are to read, understand and follow God's book which is God's authority, regardless of our own thoughts and feelings!! Speaking of feelings How do you think Abraham felt after waiting and waiting to have a son by Sarah and then God says to go and sacrifice him???
Be willing to be obedient to God and God's word regardless of your feelings. Remember your feelings are telling you were your heart "REALLY STANDS"! Line your heart and feelings up with God's Word and be like Abraham, FAITHFUL NO MATTER WHAT!!!
DON'T BE FOOLS!
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,...
We deserve God's wrath, yet He gave us His SON! God was the one who was offended by man and therefore as the creator has every right to be angry with us! From Genesis 1 to Genesis 11 there were no laws or Israel! There was only gentiles who thought they were WISE and knew more than God! They were going to build a one world religion and reach the heavens without God! But They were FOOLS! They did not glorify or worship God AS GOD and therefore were not THANKFUL TO HIM! SO God gave "them up" Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
THANK GOD HE GAVE US JESUS! THANK GOD HE LOVED US! NOW God will allow us even today to go about our ways and desires of our flesh and sin if we choose too, but then we would be "FOOLS" wouldn't we! Don't be a fool, worship, glorify and be THANKFUL TO GOD!
NO OTHER GODS!
In Exodus God lays down the 10 commandments for Israel! Number 1 is Ex 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me".
Now that makes sense from God's perspective right!!! So now lets look at Gen 3:5 "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil".
The first thing Satan attacks is God's word and attacks subtlety the first commandment which had not taken place yet! Notice he says "...and ye shall be as gods...", meaning we can be a god! We can be are own god and powerful independent from THE GOD! The problem with mankind is that we try to put ourselves first before God and God second to us! Man's problem is sin, and that SIN is that we think we are greater than God!
Don't live life in pride and think that you are above and greater and act like God! Be humble, submit and read His book which gives you life!
AND GOD SAID....!
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
God spoke and the creator created heaven and earth! Two distinct things, that will be separate from now on and two different kingdoms established!
BUT notice that God spoke and God spoke throughout the bible to Israel and they refuse to hear! They rebel against Him because they refuse to listen and change their hearts!
But lets go back to the fall and see what happened in Gen. 3! The first thing that Satan does is question God's Word! Read this in Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? YEA HATH GOD SAID...?
YOU see He through it in ...Hath God said...You see if Satan could get mankind to question or doubt or not believe God's Word than he can twist and change God's word and therefore manipulate man! We then are vulnerable and lost! Doubting God and searching for anything that will give us significance in life!
Make God's WORD so important to you that you can not live without it, because the fact is you can't "LIVE" without it for JESUS IS THE WORD!
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
In this dispensational time period and it is called the dispensation of grace, and includes the fellowship of ALL peoples IN CHRIST! Now it is a fellowship because we are united in one Body, by one Spirit called the Body of Christ! Now this work by God was never foretold that the gentiles would be saved united and One with and IN Christ! That Israel's Messiah departed from them for a time and now has went to the heathen without them! This was never known and therefore a mystery unto Israel and the prophets! This FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY is not only a GREAT revelation but shows GOD'S GRACE as it includes ALL men! Christ died for ALL and God desires ALL men to come to be saved and give Him the glory that He deserves!
So with all that said, let me encourage you to stop praying for God to save so and so and start praying for the person to come to God! God has shown and proved His love on the cross! He did the work needed to reconcile man if man will only choose by faith! It is no longer God's responsibility but mans "response"-ability!
GOD LOVES YOU AND HAS SHOWN THAT TO YOU THROUGH CHRIST CROSS!
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The understanding of the doctrine of "one" is so important to the Body of Christ today! It needs to be known, shown and grown in! Because the alternative is to still connect with Israel and it's law, work and performance program. Now just so you know I am not saying the Law was bad in fact it is perfect and was made and designed by God, but it does not save you! God always knew this Yet the way Israel showed their faith was through their works! The different ways also showed the world that they had and knew the true God of the universe! The Law was made to condemn and to show the need for a God and Savior! Now we gentiles never ever had the law yet we do have a conscience and we can know the right from wrong and all we need to do is know that GOD IS RIGHT AND JESUS IS LORD!
So back to the doctrine of One! Most Christians regardless of their background would say there is "one" Body! That there is "one" Spirit and "one" Lord and Faith BUT when it come to the "one" baptism all of a sudden there is two!!!! Spirit and water! WHY? Because church's and pastors want to include a performance and works concept back into the salvation process! There either is one or not ONE baptism!
LETS BE GODLY AND BIBLICAL SAINTS NOT RELIGIOUS! What does the bible say....??? Things change in scripture! God changed how He dealt with mankind! Follow God not the religious systems, after all that is how Israel got in the mess to begin with!
SUPPORT THE WEAK!
Isa 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Under the Old Covenant Isaiah says to Israel,...strengthen the weak, feeble and fearful hearts, and be strong in God! ...And they were to put their faith in God, just as we are to do,...BUT there was no Holy Spirit in them! They did have what we have today! We are still to comfort and support the weak and be patient with all men, but we have a advantage that the Old Covenant. saints did not have, we have the Holy Spirit in us! We have Christ in us and we are IN CHRIST! So we may through His power and His strength comfort, strengthen and support the weak in faith!
1Thes 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all me
REJOICE, PRAY and be THANKFUL
16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ...
AND ALLOW YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY REST IN CHRIST!
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.