Saturday, February 24, 2018

MY UNDERSTANDING OF PSALM 23

THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM - KING JAMES VERSION

[1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul:
[3] He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
[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. 
[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever."


THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM AS I UNDERSTAND IT

[1] YeHoVaH is my Shepherd (therefore, I am one of His sheep); He meets my needs. 
[2] He insists that I rest where He leads me; I am to rest in the place He feeds me, and He insures that I have safe water to quench my thirst.  
[3] He restores me spiritually.  He leads me to live a holy life so that, in doing so, I have the honor to bringing Him glory!
[4] Yes, even though I live my life with the shadow of death hanging over me, it is just a shadow, and like all shadows, it is harmless; Death itself, cowers in God's light.  The Lord's discipline and guidance give me comfort.
[5] My Shepherd feeds me while those who hate me powerlessly watch.  He pours out His blessings upon me, and I am overwhelmed with joy!
[6] Because of all these things, I know that God's grace and mercy are mine forever, and I will spend eternity in the presence of Almighty God!

THE BIBLE DECLARES THAT BY FAITH IN HIM, I HAVE THESE THINGS:

I hungered and thirsted for His righteousness - I have it! (Mt. 6:33; 2 Cor. 5:21)

I longed to be forgiven for my sins - I have been! (1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Jn. 2:2)

I feared death - I have eternal life! (Jn. 1:12; 3:14-15; 1 Jn. 3:2)

I was unable to live a holy life - My Father is still working on that! (Phil. 1:6; Heb. 12:5-8)

And best of all, my salvation is a gift!  (Rom. 5:15-18; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9)

TODAY MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO TRUST IN JESUS 



Friday, February 23, 2018

THERE ARE TWO WAYS MEN COUNT UPON TO GET INTO HEAVEN!

THE VAST MAJORITY OF MANKIND COUNT ON RELIGION!

Religion is based upon religious laws; upon lists of do's and don'ts!
Luke 10:22-25 - And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Jesus, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  He said unto him, What is written in the Law?  How (do you understand it)?  And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.  And Jesus said unto him, You have answered rightly:  this do, and you shall live.

But there is one problem; mankind is unable to perfectly obey the Law!

Romans 3:10, 19-21 - For as many (are counting on) the works of the Law are under the curse:  for it is written, Cursed is every one that does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the Law to do them....Now we know that whatever things the Law says, it says to them who are under the Law:  that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the Law, there shall no flesh be justified in His sight:  for by the Law is the knowledge of sin.  Is the Law then against the promises of God?  God forbid:  for if there had been a Law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Law.

WHILE RELIGION CANNOT SAVE, A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD DOES!

God has provided all we need in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus!
John 3:16-18 -  For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believes in Him is not condemned:  but he that (does not believe) is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God.
John 14:6 - Jesus said unto (Thomas), I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE:  no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.
Romans 1:16-17 - For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the (Gentile).  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
1 Corinthians 15:1-6 - Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also you are saved....For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:  and that He was seen of (Peter), then of the twelve:  after that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are (have died).

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God!
John 1:11-13 - (Jesus) came unto His own (Israel), and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the (children) of God, even to those that believe on His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 8:15-16 - For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit (Himself) bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
Galatians 3:26 - For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
1 John 3:1-2 - Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the (children) of God:  therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the (children) of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when He shall appear (return for us), we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

RELIGIONS:  MEMBERS WORK IN VAIN!
RELATIONSHIP:  CHRIST'S SACRIFICE IS OUR GAIN!







PROBLEMS? LIFT UP YOUR HEAD AND SING!

When you are overwhelmed by the world, the flesh, and the devil, remember, God is in control, and everything you are experiencing will result in something good in the end (Rom. 8:28)!  God is the Beginning and the End (Rev. 1:8; 22:13); that which He has begun to do in you, He will complete (Phil. 1:6)!  This world will burn (2 Pet. 3:10), our flesh will be changed (1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Jn. 3:2), and the devil shall spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10)!  Therefore, sing unto the Lord, the praises He deserves!  SING:

Exodus 15:1 - Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously:  the horse and his rider has He thrown into the sea.


Judges 5:3 - Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.

1 Chronicles 16:23 - Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; show forth from day to day His salvation.

Psalm 13:6 - I will sing unto the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 30:4 - Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

Psalm 95:1 - O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Psalm 96:1-2 - O sing unto the LORD a new song:  sing unto the LORD, all the earth.  Sing unto the LORD, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.

Psalm 98:1, 5 - O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He has done marvelous things:  His right hand, and His holy arm, has gotten Him the victory....Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a Psalm.

Psalm 104:33 - I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 147:7-8 - Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our GodWho covers the heaven with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow upon the mountains.

Psalm 149:1 - Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Isaiah 12:5 - Sing unto the LORD; for He has done excellent things:  this is known in all the earth.

Isaiah 42:10 - Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

Jeremiah 20:13 - Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD:  for He has delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

Romans 15:9 - And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto Thy name.

1 Corinthians 14:15 - What is it then?  I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also:  I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Ephesians 5:18-21 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Colossians 3:16, 22-24 - Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord....Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:  and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:  for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Hebrews 2:11-12 - For both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto My brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee.

James 5:13 - Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.  Is any merry?  Let him sing Psalms.

Revelation 15:3 - And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints.

CONFESS YOUR FAITH IN THE LORD THROUGH SONG!








Thursday, February 22, 2018

JESUS: A MAN BY CHOICE!

SOME VERSES THAT REVEAL THE HUMILITY OF THE SON OF GOD!

Matthew 4:1 - Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Mark 13:31-32 - Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away.  But of that day and that hour no man knows, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Luke 2:40, 49 - And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom:  and the grace of God was upon Him....And He said unto them, How is it that you sought Me?  Do you not know that I must be about My Father's business?

John 3:34 - For He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God:  for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto Him.

John 5:36 - But I have greater witness than that of John:  for the works which the Father has given Me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.

John 8:28 - Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I AM, and I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.

John 14:10, 28 - Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?  The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself:  but the Father Who dwells in Me, He does the works....You have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.  If you loved Me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father:  for My Father is greater than I.

John 15:15 - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant does not know what his lord does:  but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.

John 20:21 - Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you:  as My Father has sent Me, even so send I you.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 - Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God.  For He has made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Philippians 2:5-8 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

OBVIOUSLY, JESUS WANTS YOU TO TRUST IN HIM!

THE SAVED WILL DECLARE THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!

TO DECLARE FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, IS TO "CONFESS CHRIST!"


Matthew 10:32-33 - Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father Who is in heavenBut whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father Who is in heaven.

Luke 12:8-9 - Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:  but he that denies Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

John 9:21-23 - But by what means does he now see, we do not know; or who has opened his eyes, we know not:  he is of age; ask him:  he shall speak for himself.  These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews:  for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogueTherefore his parents said, He is of age; ask him.

John 12:42-43 - Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:  for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Acts 24:13-14 - Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.  But this I confess unto you, that after The Way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. 
[Note:  "The Way" - see Mark 12:14; John 14:6; Acts 16:17; 18:25; etc.]

Romans 10:9-10 - That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 15:8-9 - Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:  and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess You among the Gentiles, and sing unto Your name.

Philippians 2:5-11 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 John 2:4, 15 - Hereby you know the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God....Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.