My Church Notes – Life

Where did a year go (next month), since, I have taken the time to pour out my heart on my blog.  I know with my new job at the university, my experiences of life certainly moves by like a twinkle of a star.  I know my mom told me, “when you get my age, time will seem to fly right by”.  Well, I guess I finally made it because that’s what is happening.

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I decided I will attempt to blog on my church notes- why- because I attend a bible believing, preaching and teaching church.  My advice to anyone who wants to understand and grow deeper with the Lord.

  1. Read your bible daily – this will provide you with peace and an understanding which only you will know because God reveals himself to you through his word.  Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 
  2. Find a church which preaches the word of God from a King James Bible and not the NKJB. It seems like everyone wants to make the bible better or easier to understand but Jesus answers this in John 18:66 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Many people want their world to fit into the bible to make it right and hence so many versions of the bible.  Do yourself a huge favor – just stick with the King James Bible and know this has outlasted all to be the truest to God’s word when it was translated into English.

June 4, 2017 – taken from John Chapter 1

*Life – verse 4 – in him was life.  Where do we get life from?

  • In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4  pexels-photo-266011.jpeg

We get life from Jesus.  Read Deuteronomy 30: 19-20

  • 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: **

    That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

**God never intended for abortions.  Jesus is Pro-life.

Life is the light of men. Jesus provides light to anyone who wants it.

  • Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Who is – “I Am” – Jesus

  • And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14

Light – how am I able to have light?

  • Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10

How am I able to know Jesus is a living?

  • As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:5

The world is darkness – the world represents our lusts, sins, pride and unloving selves, all of which is darkness.  A husband cheats on his wife – lust.  A child hides taking a candy bar from the store and lies to his parents – sins. My boat is the best of the year and can easily out move your paddle boat – pride.  My boss asked me to take on the work load of my co-worker when she will be out for the next 12 weeks, why would I possibly want to do that even if I could- unloving.  And the darkness goes on and on…. only Jesus can provide the light we need to enjoy an abundance amount of peace and joy.

Why do men/women love darkness?

Let’s read – John 3:19-21

  • And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

    20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

and – John 12:43-47

  •  For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

    44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

    45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

    46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

    47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

 

Where are you at in your faith journey with Christ?  Are you in darkness or in light?

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

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1 Samuel Chapter 31 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K.  method Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application in ones life and Kneel in prayer

S: And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

O: Even though Saul did not seek God throughout his reign, he was still respected at his death.

A: For me, 1 Samuel shows clearly what happens when you have a heart for God and when you don’t. Also, it shows how God gave the people what they wanted a King but look at the price which was paid by doing it the world’s way instead of God’s way.

K: Lord, Keep my focus on you and your ways. Help me to understand and see the difference of the world’s way. Many times Satan is subtle and very enticing but these are the times I get instant gratification and long for more. I know by keeping my focus on you and your word, I will gain the peace and happiness that is long term. Amen

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

1 Samuel Chapter 30 – My Study Notes

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I like how David Pink gives us another view of this chapter: 1. His citizenship: “And they found an Egyptian in the field” (v. 11). In Scripture Egypt is a symbol of the world: the moral world to which the unregenerate belong and in which they seek their satisfaction. As another has said, “It had its beginning in Cain’s day, when he ‘went out from the presence of the Lord,’ and he and his descendants builded cities, sought out witty inventions of brass and iron, manufactured musical instruments, and went in for a good time generally, in forgetfulness of God. And that continues to this day. The land of Egypt figures this. There Pharaoh, type of Satan, ruled and tyrannized.”

2. His woeful condition: “I fell sick” (v. 13). Such is the state of every descendant of fallen Adam. An awful disease is at work in the unregenerate: that disease is sin, and “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). It is sin which has robbed the soul of its original beauty: darkening the understanding, corrupting the heart, perverting the will, and paralyzing all our faculties so far as their exercise Godward is concerned. But not only was this Egyptian desperately sick, he was starving: he had had nothing to eat or drink for three days. Well might he cry, “I perish with hunger” (Luke 15:17).

3. His sad plight: “my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick” (v; 13). He was a slave, and now that his master thought he would be of no further use to him, he heartlessly abandoned him and left him to perish. “And that is the way the devil treats his servants. he uses them as his tools as long as he can. Then, when he cannot use them any more, he leaves them to their folly. Thus he treated Judas, and hosts of others before and since” (C. Knapp).

4. His deliverance: “And brought him to David” (v. 11). No doubt he was too weak and ill to come of himself; and even had he the ability, he had never used it thus, for David was an utter stranger to him! Thus it is with the unregenerate sinner and that blessed One whom David foreshadowed. Therefore did Christ say, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). Each of God’s elect is “brought” to Christ by the Holy Spirit.

5. His deliverer: No doubt this half-dead Egyptian presented a woe-begone spectacle, as he was led or carried into the presence of the man after God’s own heart. But his very ruin and wretchedness drew out the compassion of David toward him. Thus it is with the Saviour: no matter what ravages sin has wrought, nor how morally repulsive it has made its victim, Christ never refuses to receive and befriend one whom the Father draws to Him.

6. His entertainment: “And gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water. And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins” (vv. 11, 12). Precious line in our picture is this of the divine grace which is stored up in Christ. None brought to Him by the Spirit are ever sent empty away. How this reminds us of the royal welcome which the prodigal received and the rich fare that was set before him.

7. His confession: When David asked him to whom he belonged and whence he came, he gave an honest and straightforward reply: “He said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite” (v. 13). Strikingly did this adumbrate the fact that when an elect sinner has been brought to Christ, and been given the bread and water of life, he takes his proper place, and candidly acknowledges what he was and is by nature. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9).

8. His obligation: “And David said, Canst thou bring me down to this company?” (v. 15). In this we may see how David pressed his claims upon the one whom he had befriended, though it is blessed to mark that it was more in the form of an appeal than a direct command. In like manner, the word to the believer is, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

9. His desire for assurance: “And he said, Sware unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company” (v. 15). There could be no joy in the service of his new master until assured that he should not be returned unto the power of his old one. Blessed is it to know that Christ delivers His people not only from the wrath to come, but also from the dominion of sin.

10. His gratitude: “And when he had brought him down” (v. 16). He was now devoted to the interests of David, and did as he requested. So Christians are told, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). O for grace to serve Christ as ardently as we did sin and Satan in our unregenerate days. Found on biblebelievers site

Lord, Your blessings for me and your word have made such an impact on my life. I pray for the strength I need to stay focused on Jesus. I pray for those times when I backslide you will provide me with a way out and running right back into your arms. I need you and love you for all you have done for me and those saints who believe in you. Amen

1 Samuel Chapter 29 – My Study Notes

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David was in a bad place. He had no home and was trying to live in both worlds.

Have you ever been in a place where you had too much of the world in you to be at peace with God and too much of God in you, to be at peace with the world?

What helped you to stop straddling the fence?

 

Our church has a link which I use often: David Pink wrote a nice piece on this chapter. I found it helpful for me and hope it does for you as well. “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (2 Thess. 3:3). The Lord’s people are surrounded with a variety of evils within and without. They have sin in them, and it is the cause and fountain of all the evil and misery which they at any time feel and experience. There is the evil one without, who endeavors at times to bring great evil upon them. But the Lord “keepeth His people from evil,” not that they are exempted wholly and altogether from evil. Yet they are kept from being overcome by and engulfed in it. Though they fall, they shall not he utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth them with His debt hand.

Wondrous are the ways in which God preserves His saints. Many a one has been withheld from that success in business on which he had fondly set his heart: it was God delivering him from those material riches which would have ruined his soul! Many a one was disappointed in a love affair: it was God delivering from an ungodly partner for life, who would have been a constant hindrance to your spiritual progress! Many a one was cruelly treated by trusted and cherished friends: it was God breaking what would have proved an unequal yoke! Many a parent was plunged into grief by the death of a dearly loved child: it was God, in His mercy, taking away what would have proved an idol. Now we see these things through a glass darkly, but the Day will come, dear reader, when we shall perceive clearly that it was the preserving hand of our gracious God thus dealing with us at those very times when all seemed to be working against us.

The above meditations have been suggested by what is recorded in 1 Samuel 29. At the close of our last chapter we saw how mercifully God interposed to deliver His servant from the snare of the fowler. Through his unbelief and self-will, David found himself in a sore dilemma. Seeking help from the ungodly, he had placed himself under obligation to the king of Gath. Pretending to be the friend of the Philistines and the enemy of his own people, David was called upon by Achish to employ his men upon the attack which was planned against Israel. Then it was that the Lord interposed and preserved the object of His love from falling into much graver evil. He now graciously made “a way to escape” (1 Cor. 10:13), lest His poor erring child should be tempted above that which he was able. Found on the website: biblebelievers

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

1 Samuel Chapter 28 – My Study Notes

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S.O.A.K. method  Scripture which speaks to my heart, Observe, Application and Kneel in prayer.

S: 15: And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? and 19: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me:

O: This gives me goosebumps to know Samuel had died and was in a place of comfort and didn’t want to be disturbed. Then Samuel states Saul and his sons would also be in this place. You need to dig deeper on this passage and remember that in Luke, Jesus states the dead are in the same general area – the believing in Abraham’s bosom and the unbelieving in torment. It’s not until Christ dies on the cross that all the believing dead were taken to heaven with Christ.

As read in Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

A: The living word of God has so much to teach us. His word is a love letter to us. His love letter teaches us how we are to live up to his standards. How will we ever understand if we are not in his word every day reading his love to us on how to live in a world full of wickedness and sin. His word is our shield of hope, strength, love and guidance.

K: Lord, I pray I continue to stay in your word every day. At times, life gets busy and I have excuses. Help me to remember to read your love letter to me each and every day.