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7/1/2017

 

In light of our celebration of freedom we remember:

 

God in His infinite wisdom has decided that man would have freedom of choice in this earthly life. At times we all may wish God would choose for us that which is best, but we seem to understand that is not the way we were created.

 

In the natural realm, we look at our children at times and wish we could make the right choices for them. That might fix something for the time being, be we know that is not their destiny. They were created to live free, to choose for themselves, and hopefully they will seek God's will and path for their lives.

 

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  Deuteronomy 30:19

 

Many are familiar with this scripture and understand it from a Biblical standpoint. We also know it is very practical because we recognize that all choices bring consequences. Most of us understand that there is a right and wrong that we desire to teach our children and also demonstrate to society.

 

May God give us wisdom on how to teach our children to make wise decisions and demonstrate it ourselves.

 

7/3/2017

 

A patriotic tribute as we anticipate the 4th of July:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDBbyjdqs6s

 

7/4/2017

 

We pray each of you enjoy a safe and blessed holiday. If we take the time to sing God Bless America, may we also take the time to pray that God would bless America.

 

We pray that righteousness would exalt our nation and that we all recognize that sin is a reproach to any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34

 

May we act like we believe both parts of this verse.

 

7/6/2017

 

Many are familiar with these words from the last verse of Psalm 16: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

But there are 8 words before this. The complete verse reads: Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

We are so thankful that there is a path of life that God will show us. On the other side: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. ~ Proverbs 14:12; 16:25, For those of us who have been around for a while, this is quite obvious.

 

May we seek the first part of that verse as much as we do the second. The word of God provides a good foundation and insight about what the path of life looks like, and we do well to heed it.

 

But we ask heavenly Father that by Your Spirit we gain wisdom and understanding into the individual paths that You have for us. As we are diligent to seek it our, we know You will be faithful to point it out.

 

Today we claim the promise from one of the well-known Psalms: ... he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. ~ Psalm 23:3

 

7/7/2017

 

It is hard to believe that half of this year has passed. To many it seems that time is passing quicker than it used to. Some attribute this to people being older in years, but likely it has something to do with how much we are trying to cram into our lives. As we do more and more, our lives get more hectic, and we are running in the fast lane. Thus it might make sense to conclude that our perception of time is in the fast lane as well.

 

We remember the scripture: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ~ Ephesians 5:16

 

If Paul thought the days were evil back then, how would he characterize these days? Thus we ask God to give us particular wisdom in walking out this Christian life in this day, at this time, in His plans.

 

7/10/2017

 

In Titus 3:4 we read that the kindness and love of God our Savior towards man has appeared.

 

It is God's kindness and love that gives us everything from Him. He is the one Who initiated the giving and the provision for our needs.

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

 

From the verse below, we see God continuing this throughout eternity

 

That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:7

 

Hallelujah!

 

7/11/2017

 

We share this video from Keith Moore Ministries. If you or someone you know is dealing with worry and fear, we recommend this video (and the whole series). There is music at the beginning and then the teaching. The video is less than 30 minutes and we pray it is a blessing to you. This message is right in the middle of the series, so if it connects with you, we encourage you to watch all of the messages on the subject.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IyG4Svf3Oc&list=PLM2A_3ECxKx8KIVRXJRfud7h3k420Za4d&index

 

7/13/2017

 

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: ~ I John 3:1

 

We could look into this statement for the rest of our lives - as we consider what manner of love is it that would  allow us to be called the sons (children) of God.

 

The world constantly wants to put its identity on people based on its standards and what it considers relevant, It can be based on the color of your skin, economic status, religion, ethnic heritage, gender, etc.

 

But we see from this verse and others the identity that God has for us - He calls us His children. The entire New Testament shares with us what it means now and some hints as to what is coming. We do not know exactly what it shall be as the next verse tells us. But it does say that we will be like Jesus - so the word "awesome" does not even come close to describing it..

 

May God help us not only to behold but walk in this love and being a child of God in this earth.

 

7/15/2017

 

Today we consider the word "responsibility". Some simple dictionary definitions include:

 

1. The state of being the person who caused something to happen

 

2. A duty or task that you are required or expected to do

 

3. Something that you should do because it is morally right, legally required, etc.

 

The word has a serious connotation as opposed to being frivolous or haphazard. We get a sense of importance regarding a matter.

 

Could we consider the word like this: response - ability

 

In other words, in a certain matter you have the ability to respond. You can respond in words and/or deeds. We could look at it this way: you have a say-so in the matter.

 

You do not have to be a victim - you can take charge with your response.

 

This might be a different way of looking at the word, yet whenever we "take responsibility" it always involves words and actions.

 

Thank God for the ability to respond. We ask God to help us to do it in the right way.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. ~ James 1:5

 

7/17/2017

 

Today we start a series on the grace of God. The word "grace" appears 122 times in the New Testament and we are hard pressed to find anything bad in it.

 

Because there are so many scriptures and so much information about it, one difficulty is to know where to start. But we begin here:

 

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17. So we see from the beginning that Jesus came bringing grace and truth.

 

And from II Peter 1:2 we read: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, Thus as we gain knowledge (learn) about the Father and Jesus, we will learn about grace and peace and it will be multiplied to us (from the Greek; to increase or abound). Again, you cannot much that would be negative in this. One of the words that is translated multiplied is also translated "abundance".

 

So as we continue to seek and learn about the Lord, we believe that grace will be multiplied to us. We remember also the words of Jesus that we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to us ~ Mathew 6:33

 

It is not taking long to see that God is wanting us to receive some things. May we walk in wisdom, walk worthy of the Lord and know that we desire to live in the right way with the Lord who gives us ... all things richly to enjoy ~ I Timothy 6:17

 

We hope you will do your own study of grace in the Bible as we continue.

 

7/18/2017

 

Continuing our look at "grace" we see that the word in the New Testament comes from the Greek word "charis" from which we get such words as "charisma".

 

From Vine's Greek dictionary of New Testament words we see that "charis" means:

 

That which bestows pleasure, delight or causes favorable regard

 

On the part of the bestower, the friendly disposition from which the kindly act proceeds, graciousness, loving kindness, goodwill generally; especially with reference to the Divine favor, A stress of freeness is shown, spontaneous of character as in the case of God's redemptive mercy and the pleasure or joy He designs for the recipient. Thus it is set in contrast to debt (see Romans 4:4 & 16).

 

On the part of the receiver, a sense of favor bestowed and a feeling of gratitude - again we see nothing negative in the grace of God.

 

To be in favor with is to find grace with. We see this aspect of grace used at the beginning and end of many epistles.   We will talk more about this in later posts.

 

Remember yesterday we looked at the verse in II Peter that talked about grace being multiplied unto us.  May this "charisma" of God be multiplied to us that He might be magnified through us and others indeed be blessed.

 

7/19/2017

 

In continuing to look at grace, we remember it is Jesus who especially brought it and that the knowledge of the Father and Jesus will multiply this grace in our lives. It is obvious that the Lord wants us to have and walk in this grace.

 

We remember Romans5:1-2 ~ 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.

 

Here we note grace and peace together again for us. We are further told we can access this grace that we are standing in. Thank God we can do it by faith and not have to work for or earn it. Likely it may take awhile for this truth to sink in; but we thank God for it. May we make the effort to delve into this, seek it out and walk it out more and more.

 

Ephesians 4:7 ~ But unto every one of us is given grace ... ~ may we determine never to waste it!

 

7/21/2017

 

Today we want to look at a couple instances of "grace" in the Old Testament. We remember this scripture from our first post on the subject:

 

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17.

 

It will not take a long study of the Bible to see that law and grace could be viewed as essentially opposite of one another. Our first scripture from the Old Testament is very familiar and it is the first time that grace is mentioned:

 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. ~ Genesis 6:8

 

The first word  in the verse "but" is very important because the previous verses say that judgment was coming for mankind and the whole earth.

 

We note that both judgment and grace did something. They are not just states of mind. When judgment comes on us - something happens. When grace comes on us - something happens. This is one of the points in our whole study. Grace would make a miraculous difference for Noah and his family in contrast to everyone else.

 

The second instance we look at is also familiar:

 

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. ~ Zechariah 4:6-7

 

Zechariah had a "mountain" - a hindrance to accomplishing his task. His work to this point was like climbing a mountain but it was about to become a plain. There would be shoutings of grace to it. What good would that do many might ask?

 

Perhaps we remember another teaching regarding mountains that Jesus gave in Mark 11. Remember the main force that Jesus said for us to use was words and belief in them. We often miss it because we cannot see words as having any physical force, but they do have spiritual force. As the word to Zechariah stated, it would not be by might or by power, but by God's Spirit and the instructions were to use the word of grace.

 

May God continue to open the eyes of our understanding in this area. We see that in both the Old and New Testament, that grace does something, it produces results and it is good.

 

Remember from our last post that we are standing in God's grace. May we be people who extend grace whenever we can ~ another way that we can reap what we sow.

 

We continue again tomorrow.

 

7/22/2017

 

We are back looking at New Testament grace.

 

 We continue to see opening and closing words in the epistles such as: grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ~ Romans 1:7, 16:20 & 24; I Corinthians 1:3, 16:23;  II Corinthians 1:2, 13:14; Galatians 1:3, 6:18; Ephesians 1:2, 6:24; Colossians 1:2, 4:18;  I Thessalonians 1:1, 5:28; II Thessalonians 1:2, 3:18; I Timothy 1:2, 6:21; II Timothy 1:2, 4:22; Titus 1;4, 3:15; Philemon 1:3 & 25; Hebrews 13:25; I Peter 1:2, 5:10 & 12; II Peter 1:2, 3:18; II John 1;3; Jude 1;4; Revelation 1:4

 

All of these references are listed to show that the grace of God given to us is not an after-thought, haphazard or just a nice way to open or close a letter. It is not just a spiritual pat on the head.

 

It is the absolute favor and standing we have when we are in Christ Jesus, We once again ask God for wisdom and understanding in this area and what it should mean to and for us in daily living.

 

7/24/2017

 

Verses concerning grace from the book of Acts:

 

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. ~ Acts 4:33

 

Who, when he (Barnabas) came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. ~ Acts 11:23

 

Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.~ Acts 13:43

 

Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. ~ Acts 14:3

 

Regarding how the gentiles could be saved:

 

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. ~ Acts 15:11

 

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. ~ Acts 20:24

 

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. ~ Acts 20:32

 

Some things we note:

 

In the first verse above it talks about "great grace" being upon them and it is in connection with "great power".

 

Grace was something Barnabas was able to see and take note of.

 

We see believers were encouraged to "continue" in the grace. This indicates that they (and we) can choose not to continue in it. Let us choose the former.

 

We see the term "word" of His grace more than once. It is the word (or words) that communicate the reality of God's grace:  that it exists, that it will work in our lives and bring about results. It is able to build us up and give us our inheritance in God.

 

May God further open the eyes of our understanding in these area of His grace.

 

7/26/2017

 

In an earlier post, we noted that we actually stand in the grace of God and we noted Romans 5:2 from Paul's writings:

 

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

We also see from I Peter 5:12 ~ By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

 

If someone were to ask a Christian "Where do you stand with God?", they can truthfully say that they stand in His grace. It is our status and position given to us by God.

 

We do not have to beg Him for it or work for it - it is a free gift.

 

People have been pounded over the head for years by Romans 3:23 ~ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; This is a true statement but the point is that man could do nothing about this situation on his own. Thus we rejoice in the verses that follow:

 

Verse 24 ~ Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

Verse 25 ~ Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 

Verse 26 ~ To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

So if you believe in Jesus, He is your justifier and everything in verses 24-26 is true for you and it is all free.

 

What a time to shout!

 

7/27/2017

 

Yesterday we mentioned from Romans chapter 3 that we who believe are justified. Verse 26 says that it is a part of God's righteousness to do this. We noted that it is free. To continue looking into this, we see Romans 4:13-14:

 

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

 

Then Romans 4:16:

 

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

 

Grace allows the promise to be sure to all the seed - by faith. Just like Abraham was justified by faith and not by the works of the law. See Romans 4:3  and then Romans 4:22:

 

And therefore it was imputed to him (Abraham) for righteousness.

 

Than the closer so to speak: Romans 4:23-25

 

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Here we are declared as "justified" again.

 

If you were looking at this from a business standpoint and this was the contract, you could not get a better deal. That is because it is from a loving God of grace.

 

7/28/2017

 

Some final thoughts on grace for this series:

 

Romans 5:15 ~ But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

 

We note again the free gift

 

Romans 5:17 ~ For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

May we be among those that will receive the grace in its abundance and the gift of righteousness

 

Romans 5:20 ~ Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

 

Grace (if we will receive it) can do much more for us than sin can do to us.

 

Romans 5:21 ~ That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

We readily recognize when sin is reigning in someone's life. May we more so recognize when God's grace is reigning.

 

Romans 6:14 ~ For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

May we decide the right forces that will be dominant in our lives.

 

II Corinthians 9:8 ~ And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

 

Here again we see God wanting us to abound in grace and good works.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 ~ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

God's grace has the power to save us that we might then walk in good works (see verse 10)

 

There is so much more we can look into but we hope you will do your own study on grace and look into these verses often.

 

We end with the last verse of the Bible:

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. ~ Revelation 22:21

 

7/29/2017

 

Because we have finished our series on grace for now, we thought this song would be appropriate:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUnSe7VUPco

 

7/31/2017

 

Today we look at a short and familiar scripture:

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. ~ Psalm 51:10

 

We particularly note the words:

 

renew a right spirit within me.

 

Sometimes in dealing with people and situations we get frustrated and flustered. We need to guard against a wrong spirit developing within us.

 

We remember this from the gospel of Luke chapter 9. When some of the Samaritans did not respond in a way that James and John thought they should, they asked Jesus if they should call fire down on them. Jesus responded in verses 55-56:

 

But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

 

We should mot let ourselves get so upset that we forget our mission. We understand pressures and the environment we are in. May the Lord help us to keep a clean heart and right spirit in all of our dealings. Even if we need to get a little "salty" at times, may the love of God always prevail and be first place.

 

 

 

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