Are you on the winning side?

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My Church Notes- June 26, 2016

Today we read the story in I Kings 18 about Ahab, Obadiah and Elijah.  What a perfect picture of two sides and one is right without a shadow of doubt and then the other finds truth.

18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
The people of Samaria had turned their backs on the Lord and had leaned on 400 prophets of Baal to “get them through the famine”.
18:5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts. 18:6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
Ahab and Obadiah try to find the answer without the help of God.  Elijah is being obedient to God and tells Obadiah to go tell Ahab he is present.
18:8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
However, Obadiah is afraid that Elijah will not stay and then Ahab will have him killed.
18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
As Elijah states, he is present and Ahab sees him. Ahab doesn’t understand why Elijah is there or what he wants. Elijah then confronts Ahab about turning his back on God.
18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Of course, Ahab’s pride gets in the way and wants to prove his gods are “the gods”.  Elijah let’s Ahab try to prove who was really God.  Was it Baals gods or was it the one true living Lord.
18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 18:26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 18:27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
The scene is set – who will provide the fire?  Who is the one true God?
We see this today over and over again.  One side is right and one is not, those who stand with God and his word can never be wrong.  It’s so simple but yet so difficult for others to see and hear the truth.  The winning side will gain the victory in the end and there is no doubt that is the truth.
18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
Truth – Webster Dictionary 1828
TRUTH, noun

1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.

My mouth shall speak truth Proverbs 8:7.

Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth John 17:17.

May you continue to search the word of our living God and lean not unto your own understanding.
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Are you a “Whosoever”?

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Acts 16:12-15

And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

In today’s church notes from June 19, 2016, we read Lydia’s heart is opened by the Lord. In order to understand the bible and God’s word your heart needs to be opened. A closed heart will not hear the Lord, read his words or follow the Lord. Will the Lord open your heart today?

In God’s word we clearly find out how to become a whosoever and allow the Lord to open your heart.

In Luke 14:27 – we need to bear the cross to be a whosoever.

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

In John 3:15, 16 – we need to believe to be a whosoever.

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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

In Acts 2:21 – we need to call on his name to be a whosoever.

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

In James 2:10 – we need to keep the whole law to be a whosoever.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

1 John 4:15 – we need to confess to be a whosoever.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Are you ready to become a “whosoever”?

May you continue to search the word of our living God and not lean unto your own understanding. If you don’t know how to become a “whosoever” – reach out to me or leave me a comment.  I would be more than happy to show you how.

 

Feast of the Passover – Unleavened Bread

Feast of Passover

This past several weeks I have been studying the book of Mark, today I am digging deeper into Mark 14:1 and 2

Mark 14:1, 2

After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

My two main words to focus on are: passover and unleavened.  How do these words apply to me today as a bible believing saved Christian by the blood of Jesus Christ?

What I love about the bible is the answers are always in scripture.  Scripture answers scripture, when we as a Christian start to rely more on man and less on God and his word, it is then we stumble and fall.

We need to head back to the beginning, in the days of Moses, to learn about the feast of the passover.  Exodus Chapter 12 tells us when the passover is and the details of a the passover.  After reading this we know four important pieces:

  1. lamb is spotless and unblemished
  2. the instructions are to be followed-the first month and the 10th day and kept until 14th day, killed in the evening, with the blood strike on the two sides posts and on the upper door of the house.
  3. the blood is a token
  4. eat the flesh in night roast with fire and unleavened bread

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Passover – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

P`ASSOVER, n. [pass and over.] A feast of the Jews, instituted to commemorate the providential escape of the Hebrews, in Egypt, when God smiting the first-born of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Israelites, which were marked with the blood of the paschal lamb.

1. The sacrifice offered at the feast of the passover.

 

Now let’s look at the word unleavened:

Unleavened – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

UNLEAVENED, a. unlev’ened. Not leavened; not raised by leaven, barm or yeast. Exo 12.

And let’s look what leaven means:

Leaven – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

LEAVEN, n. lev’n. [L. levo, Eng. to lift.]

1. A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Exo 12.

2. Any thing which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mat 16.

LEAVEN, v.t. lev’n.

1. To excite fermentation in; to raise and make light, as dough or paste.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 1 Cor 5.

2. to taint; to imbue.

I really like using the Webster 1828 Dictionary – as I find it’s importance to the meaning of words as they pertain to the bible.  As a forward progressive society words lose meaning and change; and with change we need to be reminded of our history and what these changes once were.

By reading 1 Corinthians 5: 6-8 we have a clear understanding of why unleavened bread is used at passover.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

How does this relate to me today as a child of God? Are you surrounding yourself with godly men and women who are faithfully serving the Lord with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth? Or are you surrounding yourself with the old leaven bread full of malice and wickedness? As we read in Mark 14:1, 2 both the chief priests and the scribes knew they could not put Jesus to death on the passover or it would cause the people to roar.  So, do you think the chief priests and the scribes were unleavened or leavened?

 

Again, I love how scripture answers scripture by reading 1 Peter 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

To wrap this up in a full circle – Jesus became our passover – he was without blemish, no sin, without leaven and only unleavened. His blood become our token for our SINS, so that we are to have eternal life with God.  To observe the feast was a duty and privileged but until the crucifixion of Christ there was not a guarantee. It’s because of Christ, God’s grace and mercies we have a guarantee of going to eternity with our Lord.

HAVE you submitted to Christ today?

May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of our living God. May you find peace in knowing you can have eternal life.

Times of Distress – My Church Notes

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My Church Notes- May 22, 2016

1 Samuel Chapter 30: 1-25

VS 6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in theLord his God.

Do you go through distress?  How many times do we blame God for our stress?  Why do we blame God for our distress?  Is it perhaps we need correction ourselves or conviction?

Webster’s definition of distressed–  Suffering great pain or torture; severely afflicted; harassed; oppressed with calamity or misfortune.

What kind of day do you have?

1- Mountain Top Days (these are the best brightest days and nothing is wrong and you don’t have a care in the world)

2- Ordinary Days (these are the uneventful, nothing to exciting, nothing is wearing us down)

3-  Dark Days (drudge and despair, confusion and distressed)

Webster’s definition of despair– 1) Hopelessness; a hopeless state; a destitution of hope or expectation. 2) Loss of hope in the mercy of God.

There are times we need to journey through distress or despair in order to allow us to learn something new.  The good news God always sees us through. If we are in the wilderness of life and don’t know where we are or where we are going, we need our Lord to get us through this journey.  Walking this journey alone is not what the Lord intended for us.

We know this by reading his word-

Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

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Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

When you are going through a dark day – reading God’s word, writing a poem, reading Psalms which are praises to God or perhaps write a song may help with your dark days.

Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. Fanny’s work produced more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. 

“Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home” by Fanny Crosby

  1. Jesus is tenderly calling you home—Calling today, calling today,Why from the sunshine of love will you roam Farther and farther away?

    • Refrain:
      Calling today, calling today,
      Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.
  2. Jesus is calling the weary to rest—Calling today, calling today,Bring Him your burden and you shall be blest; He will not turn you away.

  3. Jesus is waiting, oh, come to Him now—Waiting today, waiting today,Come with your sins, at His feet lowly bow;Come, and no longer delay.

  4. Jesus is pleading, oh, list to His voice:Hear Him today, hear Him today,They who believe on His name shall rejoice;Quickly arise and away.

In Job we read how he has many dark days, however, we know by reading Job 13:15 he never gave up on God.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

In Isaiah we read about his dark days, however, Isaiah does not give up on our God.

Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Have you given up on God today?

May you not lean unto your own understanding but trust and read the living word of God and know he is a good God all days not just on mountain top days ………….but all days.

 

My Church Notes – Who Can…….

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Who Can Find a Virtuous Women? (May 8, 2016)

Proverbs 31:10-31 King James Version (KJV)

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary states:

VIR’TUOUS, adjective

1. Morally good; acting in conformity to the moral law; practicing the moral duties, and abstaining from vice; as a virtuous man.

2. Being in conformity to the moral or divine law; as a virtuous action; a virtuous life.

From God’s word – Ruth is a virtuous women by reading Ruth 3:11-

“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”

A woman should strive to be morally good and say “no” to immortality.

A woman should draw in her husband so he does not wander from her.

A woman should do good and not evil.

A woman’s lifestyle can draw in a lost husband to the Lord. From God’s word – 1 Peter 3:7

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

Thoughts to consider:

Are you a woman who is:

  • convicted of God’s word and truth
  • use wisdom over foolishness
  • use kindness
  • control your tongue to gossip or unpleasant language
  • cheerful and helpful to others around you

We read in Proverbs 31:19-22 – she is not afraid to do hard work

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.

Are you a Proverbs 31 Woman?  If not what is standing in your way?

What women do you think of from the bible, your church, your family or your friends who are Proverb 31 Women?

I pray you take the time to learn the truth from the living word of God and search your heart deep to remove any hindering thoughts or actions of becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman.

May you continue to search the word of our living God and not lean unto your own understanding.