Verse for Sunday’s Followers

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Hebrews 12:10

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Being a child of God saved by his grace and mercy, with the blood of Jesus Christ, when I have done wrong God wants be to repent. When I have gone down the wrong path, he wants me to find correction.

Our Father always chooses what is best for his children. May you be thankful for the love and discipline of a holy God.

Not by works alone

Not works

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Justified by the law:

  • Gal 3:11 But no man is justified (definition of justified:declared or made righteous in the sight of God) by the law in the sight of God, it is evident for, the just shall live by faith.
  • Romans 3:27-28 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Gal 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live into God.

Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my breathen, ye also also are to become dead to the law by the body of Christ.

Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, the Christ is dead in vain.

1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

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

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

My prayer for you:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Acts 2:18 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God into salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as is is written, the just shall live by faith.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Is Satan Real?

Seven Old Testament books and nineteen New Testament books refer to the existence of Satan.

Upon reading Ezekiel 28:13-19 (paraphrased) all precious stones were prepared the day you were created. You were perfect in your creation until iniquity was found in you. (God’s heart was lifted up because of his beauty) However, you corrupted wisdom by reason of your brightness. You have defiled my sanctuaries by multitudes of iniquities. I (God) will bring fire and devour you so you shall be never more.

In other words, God was proud of who he created. But pride, envy and jealousy got in this creation. Lucifer (Satan) becomes so self-absorbed that he wanted and still wants to be God. He wants all of God’s honor, glory and praise.

We read in Isaiah 14:12-17 (paraphrased) How have you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning.

Lucifer states:

  • I will ascend into heaven
  • I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
  • I will sit upon the mount of the congregation
  • I will ascend above the heights of the cloud
  • I will be like the most High!

We read in Ezekiel 28:14 Lucifer was the anointed cherub.

In Exodus 25:20 the cherubims stretched forth their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat.

In other words, this was a very important position.

Definitions:

Iniquity: grossly unfair behavior. (Evil, wickedness, wrong doings)

Annoited: chosen (blessed)

In the beginning, we know Satan decides to test his powers of wickedness and deceitfulness on Eve.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field the Lord God had made.

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman (Eve), Ye shall not surely die.

Eve was being tested. God had already told both Adam and Eve the law of the garden.

Satan is still alive and working in our lives today – we read in Ephesians 2:2 according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

How do I know Satan is the power of the air? Because we read in John 12:30-32 Jesus answered and said, this voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

In other words, the prince of the air and the prince of this world is Satan.  This is why as Christians were are in a constant spiritual battle.

Upon reading II Corinthians 4:3-6 the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.

Remember – Satan is beautiful, subtle and very deceitful. He wants to have all glory and power. He wants to be God. He will do anything to get you NOT to believe.

We read in Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

In Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Remember – Satan is the prince of the air and this world but by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) Satan can not hurt us.  And lastly, remember, those who believe are on the winning side.

1 John 4:4 Put your name in place of ye and you, he-God and he-devil.

Ye (Brenda) are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (God) that is in you (Brenda) than he(Satan) is in the world.

May you continue to search the living word of God to find your answers. 🙂

Gone Astray and the results

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Day 3: the study of the Book of Isaiah 1:21 – 3:26

Today’s reading of Isaiah, we read what happens when Judah and Jerusalem turn away from the commandments of our Lord.

We read in:

Isaiah 3:5 the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable

As parents, we set rules and commandments for our children for their well-being and safety.  We commonly are saying, “Don’t touch”, “It’s hot”, “Stop and look both ways before crossing the street”, “Don’t hit”, “Don’t bite”, “Don’t talk back”, “Don’t curse”, “Make your bed”, “Put your toys away” and on and on.  We have a set of rules and standards for safety, well-being and order.  Let’s admit it, we all want to see our children grow into productive adults who will contribute to society for a world of love and security.  Without standards, rules and commandments a society falls into corruption and chaos.

Chaos definition: state of confusion or disorder

In Colossians 3:6 and 3:20 we read: children obey your parents which are pleasing unto the Lord and the wrath of God cometh on children of disobedience.

While studying the bible what happens to a nation/people who are not obedient. Let’s read:

Leviticus 26:14-16 states: but if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you:  (more….)

Psalm 78: 10-11 states: they kept no the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; 11 and forgot his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.  (more…..)

Joshua 5:6 states: For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD:

While reading the story of Jonah 4:11.  We see Jonah was disobedient and went the opposite direction of what the Lord had told him.

As I continue to study the bible what happens to a nation/people who are  obedient. Let’s read:

Back to Jonah, he gets his heart right and he preached to the Gentiles and the people turned back to the Lord. The story of Johan shows God’s love and compassion for not only Johan being resurrected from the dead but also for the people of Ninevah.

We read in Hebrews 11:8-11 Abraham and Sarah being faithful and they receive a blessing due to their obedience. Hebrews 11

In 1 Peter 1:22-25 obeying truth leads to blessings of the gospel. 1 Peter 1

Again in Revelations 22:14 it reads:  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life.

Perhaps our nation/people are in chaos because our Lord is waiting for us to turn back to him, seek him and be faithful to his commandments.

Will the Lord show compassion for his people/this nation just as he did Johan and Ninevah?  After all in II Peter 3:9 we read: not willing for any should perish but ALL should come to repentance.  The Lord wants us to turn back to him, so none should perish.

Father God, Thank you for today’s study on Isaiah.  I can see we are a nation/people turning our back on you and we need to seek you now more than ever.  Please continue to show us compassion, love, grace and mercy. Amen.

Living a Mary or a Martha Life

Luke 10:38-42 KJV

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Can you imagine being Mary or Martha, knowing that Jesus was coming to your home?  How would you respond?  Would you be worried, nervous, carefree, calm, composed or tranquil?

I think my mind would be going a hundred miles a minute.  Did I remember fresh water?  Did I make sure the food was fresh? Did I know there was a soft clean place for him to sit?  Did my surroundings look clean and inviting?  Did I, did I, did I?

As we read Luke 10, we see Martha is cumbered.  Meaning:

1.to hinder; hamper.
2.to overload; burden.
3.to inconvenience; trouble.
When have you been cumbered?  For myself, work can be a place of overload and I can leave with a heavy burden of not getting a deadline done or a task complete. At times, I am asked to help out and find myself saying, no as it seems like to much of a hindrance.
These are the times, I know I need to reach for my bible and read. I know if I am open to the Holy Spirit, I will read what I need to know.  It might not be the exact answer, I thought I needed but I do know it is exactly what God wanted for me to read.
Thus the next time you feel like a Martha read Psalm 56:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never sever the righteous to be moved.   
Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word.  Mary was totally engaged in taking every word, syllabub, sound, vowel and letter and letting them seep into her ears, head, heart and soul; she was tranquil and full of love for Jesus.  When was the last time you allowed Jesus to seep into your soul?
In today’s world, we need Marthas to serve and Marys to listen but in order to serve Jesus Christ faithfully and with a joyful heart we need to be a Mary and listen and take in all that Jesus has to teach us.
My prayer for you today:  May you be a Mary and have opened your heart to the love of Jesus Christ.  Do you know Jesus as your personal Saviour and Lord?
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 a life through his name.
Do you believe?