Part of the Lord’s Army

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In 1 Samuel 17 we read about David defeating Goliah, the giant.Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hands. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

Just as David became part of the Israel army, we as Christians are in God’s army. We are to be solders for Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). Like other soldiers, we will have to endure some things in this life that may come against us. Our adversary doesn’t want us to do the service of the Lord, and often throws things at us to try to discourage us.Our battle may seem big, but we like David need to trust in the Lord for the victory.  God is able to do much more than we could ever ask for.  Trust in him and he can deliver you out of any battle you may be facing in this life. Nothing is too big for God.

Lately I have had one thing after another come my way.  I realize that it is not what we endure but our focus should be on our service for Jesus Christ. If we look to ourselves we become vain and try to glory in ourselves. We must always remember that we have a service to live for others and quit worrying about ourselves. We should do everything to the glory of God, because he is the one who gives us our abundant grace. Satan wants to take our victory from us, but no one can pluck us out of God’s hands. We are redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus out of every nation (Revelation 5:9).

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Call Ye Upon the Lord

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Have you ever felt so emotionally drained where all you could do is call upon the Lord to help you?  Perhaps you work 60 hours a week and need a rest, or perhaps you have a loved one who is dying or very sick and you don’t know what to do.  Or perhaps you are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t find a way out of your financial troubles.  Let me tell you there is someone you can call upon.  He can help you with your struggles and he cares about you.

Recently I was working a very stressful job, working full time and then having to come home and continue the work from the day, up until bedtime.  No break, no time to rest other than the time I laid my head down.   Then after all of that, Satan threw dart after dart at me where I thought I was going to lose my mind.

Trust me it doesn’t feel good to be in turmoil.  Satan will do everything to keep your mind occupied on something other than God.  He will keep you worried, distressed, overcome with grief or stress, if you let him.  I say this because I know from my own struggles.  I know because it seems like when I wanted to do more for the Lord, the Devil stepped up his battle against me.  Then, I knew there would only be relief from the Lord, that I couldn’t find on my own.  It was Jesus who could calm the storm.  It was Jesus who could help me out of all my troubles.  Trust in Jesus, call upon him in your distress and he can save you.  He can give you peace, joy and relief.  After I called upon him, he helped me.  He provided me a way out, a new job.  And he can help you out of your struggles, but you must call upon him and he will help you.

Psalm 18:3- I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Psalm 18:6-In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Psalm 86:5-For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalm 116:17-I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.

Isaiah 55:6-Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Romans 10:13-For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:12-For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 

If you don’t know Jesus, then you really don’t know peace, you don’t know true love that only comes from above.  Seek the Lord while he can be found.  Call upon him while he is near.  He will save you and give you peace, love and joy that you have never experienced before.

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Equipped For Service

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The Christian life isn’t always easy. We not only face the trials of life, but we battle the darts that our adversary throws our way each day. Tribulations will arise and we will face hardships but we have a Heavenly Father who watches over us. He knows what we are going through. One thing I have realized as I get older is that the Lord has equipped us with the right tools to handle anything that Satan throws our way.

Recently I saw a video on Facebook of a 17 year old girl who was on her way to a mission trip. She wrote in her journal how she was looking forward to sharing the gospel to the people of Botswana, but her trip ended tragically when her bus crashed while enroute. She didn’t know that it was going to be her last time to write in her journal or that it would be her last day on Earth. May we always carry a testimony that will last no matter what the situation or circumstances. She was right, Satan was watching and waiting to destroy her testimony, but he didn’t succeed because now her testimony can travel much greater distances.

In Habakkuk 3:19 we read how the Lord supports, strengthens, secures, teaches, shields, edifies and protects his people; from Christ we have our strength to perform the duties that God instructs us to do, which is sharing the gospel. The Lord strengthens us so we can stand against our spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world; and Jesus bear us up under all trials and afflictions, and carry us and delivers us out of all of our troubles. The church, though in distress, and pressed with sorrows, believes that the strength of Christ is made perfect in our weakness, because we are upheld by him under all, and brought out of it.   The text: he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet]; teaches us that
all Christians feet should be swift to run, in a lively cheerful manner, the way of Christ’s commandments; with our souls being strengthened, and our hearts enlarged with the love and grace of God; and to surmount with ease all difficulties and obstructions that lie in our way: and chiefly this regards the ministers of the Gospel, and the swift progress they will make in spreading the gospel to the world; and nothing should deter or discourage them, or move them from the hope of the Gospel, or from their duty.   They shall walk on securely and firmly: and to surmount with ease all difficulties and obstructions that lie in their way: and the swift progress they will make in spreading it in the world; just like the apostles and first ministers of the word, having their feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, went swiftly through all parts of the world, even to the ends of the earth, with it.

So in the latter day many will run to and fro, everywhere preaching the everlasting Gospel to all nations; and the knowledge of it shall greatly increase;  but to the strength and firmness of their feet; so that they can go upon rocks and mountains securely, and tread and walk, and concerning “walking” on “high places”; hinds feet are made mention of; and so this may also denote the stability of the saints in those times, both ministers and common Christians, in the exercise of grace, and in the performance of duty; their hearts will be established in the faith of Christ, and in love to him, and in the hope of eternal life by him; all which they will be settled in, and will hold fast, and not let go; and will be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord their God.  So in the Gospel of Christ, and in the ordinances of it, their souls will be established in and with the doctrines of grace, and will continue steadfastly in them, and abide by and keep the ordinances as they have been delivered to them; nor will any difficulties, move them from the hope of the Gospel, or from their duty; but they shall walk on securely and firmly: Then the text reads: he will make me to walk upon mine high places: which talks about how the Christian should be lively, spiritual, and heavenly frames of mind; and mount up with wings, as eagles; soar aloft in the exercise of faith; have their affections set on things above; and their conversation in heaven while they are on earth: which serves to draw out the desires of good men after the interest of Christ; to assist their faith in the belief, hope, and expectation of it; notwithstanding all the difficulties and discouragements that may lie in the way: and being of so much moment and importance, that it might remain and continue, and be of use to the church in succeeding ages.

Psalm 18:32-36,39 reads: It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

Ephesians 6:10-17 reads:-Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

References from Biblestudytools.com

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Contending For the Faith

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I hope all Christians are standing up and proclaiming the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  There may be a day coming where one may not be able to teach Jesus Christ in public. The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). Anyone who comes along and claims to have a new word from God or tries to add to the faith is against Scripture.  All over the world there are some trying to get rid of anything that proclaims Jesus.  Examples are: They are taking down crosses in public; taking down monuments of the Ten Commandments in public spaces; arresting preachers of the gospel,; limiting Christians from promoting Jesus on their car or through handing out tracts; telling students they cant proclaim or speak of Jesus in their speeches. Anyone that dies Jesus as God’s son is not of the true faith.  1 John 5:20 says: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Contending for the faith is a balanced proclamation and defense of the fundamental elements of gospel truth; keeping up the good fight which is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ without wavering even unto death. Some examples of contending for the faith are:

  • staying in the fight even if you are the only one left
  • teaching and preaching sound doctrine
  • striving to be more like Christ
  • withstanding against all persecution
  • giving one’s all to share the gospel
  • defending the gospel against any fale witnesses
  • keeping the faith despite tribulations or trials

Now lets look to the word of God to see what or how we are to do in these last days.  Jude 1:3,20,21,22,23,24,25 says: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:12-19- says: Fight the good fight of faith, lay holdon eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

1 Timothy 1:15-17- This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

John 1:1-6-Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
Romans 3:22,23,24-Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

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Ye Must Be Born Again

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Not all that claim they are Christians are. John 3:3 says: Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Being born again is when you deny yourself and accept Christ. You die to the old sinful nature and are birthed into the family of God. In order to go to Heaven you must be born again. A true Christian repents, takes up his cross daily and follows Christ.  A person cannot simply say they are a Christian then continue in sin without evidence of repentance.

True repentance is turning from your sins; trying to live a life well pleasing to God.  A Christian will have some fruits or evidence of their faith in God.  Examples might be: attending church, praying, leading others to Christ, refraining from doing things they once did.  They no longer go to bars and hang out.  They no longer stop at the alcohol store and buy liquour.

A Christian tries to show Christ in their life.  They don’t hang around others who are living in sin, talking filthy, gambling.  They don’t support things that God hates. Examples is: homosexuality, pride, forwardness, filthy jesting, adultery, etc…  The Bible plainly tells us things to avoid.  Mark 7:21,22 says: For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Romans 1:29-31 says: Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

You may ask what it means to be born again.  Jesus talks about it in John chapter 3.  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit (John 3:3-8).

Romans 1:22,23 tells us more about being born of the incorruptible seed which is of God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

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God Hath Called Us Unto Holiness.

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God gave many many instructions through his holy word, the Bible of how we ought to behave. He also gave us scriptures on what not to do. He wants us to come out from among them and be clean.  2 Corinthians 6:17 says: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. He wants us to forgive, show kindness, mercy and love to others.   Colossians 3:12-13 says: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Not only are we to be separate from the world but we should possess holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:4,7 says: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour, For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

We should let our lights shine upon this earth.  Philippians 2:14-15 says: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. We should care about others more than ourselves. Philippians 2:3-5 says: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

And if we have did something that we know is sin, we should confess our sins and repent from our sins. Acts 2:38-Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Then after we have confessed our sins, then we should stay away from things that are sin.  1 Thessalonians 5:22-23- Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Always give thanks to God for his forgiveness and his sacrifice on the cross. Colossians 1:12-14- Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

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Ye Are The Temple of God

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The church is not a temple made with hands, but part of every believer in Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says,  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20-What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 John 2:24-Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 2 Corinthians 6:16-17- For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

1 Peter 2:5-Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Acts 7:48-49- Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? God remains in every believer through his Holy Spirit, not in a structural building. John 4:24 says: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, they receive the Holy Spirit of God that lives within them. 1 John 2:27 says, But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. John 14:17- Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 2 Corinthians 3:3- Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.  1 John 4:2-Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

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The Lord’s Word is Truth

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One thing I noticed is there is a lot of scripture related to the truth of Gods word and how it can sanctify, teach, be a shield and buckler; it is the very ground for which the Gospel stands. These scriptures of Gods word can lead us unto Salvation through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 17:17-Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Psalm 86:11-Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. John 8:32 -And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Psalm 119:142-Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Psalm 119:30-35- I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy command-ments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. John 17:17-Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psalms 91:4- He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 2 Thessalonians 2:13- But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 1 Timothy 2:3,4- For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15-But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Proverbs 23:23-Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Ephesians 1:12-14-That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2 Corinthians 6:4-10-But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
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A Present Help In Times of Trouble

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I recently seen a post on Facebook where lions rescued some men from being killed by Terrorist.  These men would not have had much hope without this miraculous rescue from lions; but I know that God is our help and protector in times of trouble and he can deliver us from any harm that comes our way.  Psalm 46:1 means a great deal to me.  It has given me hope when I was having a hard time.  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  I know that God can take care of us no matter what comes against us.

Have you ever been in a situation that you thought that nothing could help you? A time when everything came against you, and you thought that no one could come to your aid. Let me tell you that I know of someone who can help you in your time of need. He can make your enemies to be at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7). He can deliver you from trouble if you would call upon his name (Psalm 91:15). He can heal you from whatever disease that you have and comfort you, when you are near death (Psalms 103:3 and Psalms 30:2). And he can help you when you are grieving (Psalms 147:3).

He is a God that can protect us from trouble and protect us from any evil that may come our way, if we would only trust in him. Psalm 91:9 says, Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation. Psalm 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. We can abide under the shadow of the Almighty by having faith in him (Psalm 91:1). He sends his angels to protect us from when we are harmed (Psalm 91:11).

No matter how big the problem is and no matter how long you have dealt with the problem, God can help you. If your heart is troubled and you don’t know where else to turn, Jesus can help you (Luke 4:18). He is a God of forgiveness and he can deliver you from sorrow. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Samuel 22:2 says, And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer.

If you need Gods help, he is there for you. If you have enemies that come against you, he can make your enemies to be at peace with you. Proverbs 16:7 says, When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Psalm 18:3 says, I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Now is the time to call upon him and trust that he will deliver you and help you in your time of need. Psalm 55:16 says, As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Psalm 86:7 says, In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. Psalm 145:18 says, The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Romans 10:13 says, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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What God Hath Joined Together

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Mark 10:9  says: What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. This is a strong statement! God joins man with woman and they become one flesh in God’s eyes. Ephesians, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”  God tells us that they should be committed to each other because one day they will be heirs together in Heaven.  1 Peter 3:7 says, “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.”

Marriage is not only a joyous occasion but a lifetime commitment.  It shouldn’t be taken lightly.  In 1 Corinthians 13 we learn that love bears all things.  Love suffers long and is kind, not easily provoked or puffed up.  Love bears all things and endures all things.  A man or woman who loves one another isn’t concerned about their own desires but the needs of each other.  They might endure a great deal but they must forgive one another as Christ forgives us.

Marriage was first talked about in Genesis 2:24.  “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  Notice how it says a man will leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife.  

Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”  So we know that it is more honorable to get married than to fornicate.

 

God tells us that a woman should be under subjection to her husband; and a man should love his wife like Christ loves the church.  Ephesians 5:24,25 says, “ Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”

God tells his people in Jeremiah 29:6 to “ Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.”  He clearly says that a man is to be with a woman so that they can have children.  Another scripture is in Genesis 1:28, God told male and female to be fruitful and multiple and replenish the earth (bear children).

A man or woman shouldn’t commit adultery for this is one of God’s ten commandments. Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”  1 Corinthians 7 talks about how a man and woman are bound under a law to each other. The wife is bound to her husband including in their personal relationship.  They are not to defraud each other except for fasting and prayer.   If one dies than they are freed from the law to remarry another.  If they separate from each other, they are not to remarry.  There is one exception, the Bible says if a man puts away his wife except for adultery causes her to commit adultery and if he remarries commits adultery himself (Matthew 19).

Ecclesiastes 9:9-Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

Ephesians 5:23-For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Matthew 19:9-And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Mark 10:12-And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8-  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

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