God’s Word is Powerful

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The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. It is powerful! 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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Quit Kicking Against the Pricks

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Last week I kept quoting “It’s hard to kick against the Pricks!”  I used it when talking about things that were going on in my life, the life of my family.  I really don’t know why it kept coming to me, until Sunday. I usually pray before going to church that God would talk to me today through his holy Scripture.  Then Sunday, the preacher preached on Paul, who was first Saul.  Jesus visited him on the road to Damascus when Paul was headed there with letters to bound Christians and throw them in prison (Acts 9).  Jesus said to Paul, “ It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

This phrase, it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks, has always confused me.  I couldn’t quite get the concept of what it meant.  Then all of the sudden, I’m quoting it in my everyday life.  It became quite clear Sunday night when the preacher preached on the subject.  First of all I’m going to share what others have said about the subject, then what I believe was revealed to us Sunday night.

  • An ox goad was a stick with a pointed piece of iron on its tip used to prod the oxen when plowing. The farmer would prick the animal to steer it in the right direction. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. In essence, the more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered. Thus, Jesus’ words to Saul on the road to Damascus: “It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.”   (Got Questions)

Now I was amazed Sunday night that the preacher had preached about this, considering I had quoted it several times in the days before.  Then it became clear what it meant.  The sermon was about the old man vs the new man, and how sometimes God tries to help us by showing us or teaching us how to live a better, Christian life.  Perhaps he wants us to do something, but we fight hard against it.  Or he is trying to get our attention but we rebel, just like the animal against the prick.  God allows trials in our life to get our attention and help us grow as Christians, and become a new man (better Christian).  As long as we fight God, than trials will continue. When we allow God to be our guide and master in this life, then God brings us through those trials and we are the better man.

To use an example of how I used the term: I was talking about someone that was living a hard life.  They could have a better life if they would only submit to God.  He wants to bless them with a happy, successful life, but they are kicking against the pricks.  They are battling God, even though they are a Christian.  They are seeking things they shouldn’t in this life.  They are prideful and won’t listen to others that can help them.  Ever notice that a true born again Christian that is committed to serving God, God has blessed them.

So I was so excited to hear this Sunday, about this scripture, I had no doubt God was showing me and my family something.  Trust God, obey God, allow God to work in your life.  Then God can pour out blessings and make your life so much easier.

Hope you enjoyed this post and hope you have all the blessings that you want in the New Year! Happy New Year 2019!

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Building Your House Upon the Rock

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As I was reading the Bible last night, I came to this group of scripture in Matthew Chapter 7 that talks about building your house upon the rock.  First of all, your house is not a physical house but your body or life.  The Rock represents the son of God, Jesus. Philippians 2:9-11- says: Wherefore God also hath 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.

  • So if we want to build our life upon Jesus, we need to follow his laws and commandments.  John 14:15 and 14:21 says:  If ye love me, keep my commandments.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
  • We need to follow his example.  Matthew 16:24 says: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  John 14:12 says: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
  • Ephesians 6:10-17 says: -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:
  • Be Obedient to Christ.  Matthew 7:24,25 says: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
  • Be established in Your Faith in Christ.  Colossians 2:6,7 says:As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
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Miraculous Birth of Jesus

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Luke 2: 1-14-And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas 2018!

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God Is With Us

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Have you ever felt alone or didn’t feel God’s presence with you? Perhaps you may be going through a trial in your life and you question, why? Let me tell you that God is always with you. Jesus said that he will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). So lean on him and pray for his guidance and help in your life. He is able and willing to help you.

O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:1-18,23-24

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The Answer to Many Questions

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I’ve had a lot going on these last couple months.  Not only sickness but have been dealing with some stressors in my life.  It is so hard to not get angry at what is going on, in not only my life, but in the world.  There are some in the world that simply don’t care about what they do or do to others. I’ve been struggling with what to do with a certain situation in my life, that is getting hard to bear. So I prayed and asked the Lord to guide me and direct me with my actions.

It is hard for me to keep quiet when I see someone being mistreated or taken for granted.  I want to speak up and help them, even though they don’t like my help.  They think that I am overstepping, and perhaps I have been.  So I asked God to guide me in this situation.  I questioned why this was happening.  Sometimes God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want him to.  Sometimes it is not for us to know why.  Sometimes it is for our learning, or someone else’s learning.  Sometimes God allows us to go through tribulations to help us grow as a Christian.  So anyway, I was praying and seeking answers last night, and the most perfect answer came to me.  Love!

You may ask me how this answers any question, but it really does, so much.  When I want to stand up and yell at someone or try to correct them, it might make them rebel against me.  So instead, God showed me that Love answers the question that I have been looking for.  Learning to love people despite their circumstances, despite how mean they are to you, despite their failures, can help any situation.  Why?  Because I know that if I show Love to them, it will either get them to change their ways, or it will at least get them to change their attitude.  Maybe we can teach others by loving them; by showing them the love of God.  No, it probably will not change them overnight, but it will change them.   Isn’t that what a Christian should do anyway.  To love others as Christ loved us.  To love others despite what they do to us. Love can means so many other things too.  I’ll give you a few examples.

  1. Love- Means showing kindness
  2. Love- Means having forgiveness
  3. Love- Means sacrifice-  (Look at what Jesus done for us on the cross).
  4. Love- Means showing humility
  5. Love- Means Giving
  6. Love- Means Encouraging others
  7. Love- Means Bearing  or Enduring Things
  8. Love- Means Overlooking Faults of Others
  9. Love- Means Being Hopeful
  10. Love- Means Having Hope
  11. Love- Means Having Grace
  12. Love- Means Showing Mercy
  13. Love – Means Helping Others
  14. Love- Means Wanting Others to have Happiness
  15. etc…..

(These were found in 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 1, Ephesians 4).

So try showing love when you are overwhelmed with someone.  Showing love helps us to have a inner peace that only God can give us.  Thank you God for this answer!

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Jesus will Reign Forever

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Many seem to be fascinated with the royals; whether it is the new Duchess Megan Markle, Princess Kate, Princess Diana or Prince William. Newspapers and outlets often report their every move.  Today royals are still over several countries: including Spain, England, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Most people know that you are either born into nobility or marry into it.  With royal blood, you’re usually set up for life, including having plenty of money, palaces, fine carriages, cottages, etc….

This wasn’t the case for Jesus. He was born of the lineage of King David but didn’t live a life of honor.  Jesus is the son of God and should have been respected.   Instead he was born of a humble birth, then later killed on a cross. He never received his rightful place as King.  But, we know that one day Jesus will return and take his rightful place as King, and he will reign forever.

To prove this let’s look at what the scripture says.

Luke 1:31-33 says: And beold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Then look at what Matthew says: And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel (Matthew 2:6).

Ezekiel tells us more of this kingdom. ——And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. – Ezekiel 37:21-26

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Who Can Deliver Me?

As I sat on my couch tonight, I looked upon a plaque of the Manager Scene.  I wondered what Mary was thinking when she heard the news that she would carry the holy Son of God. I know today, even with great hospitals, I would have been terrified.  Here she is a single woman, chosen by God, to deliver Jesus the Christ.  Mary had to be quite a special woman.  She must have been raised with upright parents who took her to the temple often.  I know her cousin Elisabeth was married to a priest (Luke 1:5).   Mary was engaged to Joseph, at the time, which was of the lineage of David and Judah.

Mary had to be a special woman that was honorable, submissive and virtuous for God to choose her. She didn’t complain when she was told what was going to happen.  She only asked “How”?  Then, she said:  Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38).  She knew the Lord, and was willing to be a vessel for him.  (We should honor her, but do not worship her!) 

Then I see how unworthy of a servant I am.  When I try to do the things of God, I end up doing the opposite.  When I try to be more humble and kind, I find myself far from it.  Then I look at the words of Paul.  In Romans he says that, In his flesh dwelleth no good thing.  He says that he wants to do good, but that evil is present with him.  The more we as Christians strive to be like Christ, Satan hinders us in so many ways.  Sometimes there are days when I feel closer to God and feel that I am doing his service.  Then there are days when I have to repent, because I know that I messed up.  I didn’t act like a Christian should act.  We all have been there.  Either we got angry at others while driving to work or we said something that we shouldn’t have.  Or we neglected our duty as a Christian by not helping someone in need.

While we live in this fleshly body, we cannot be perfect.  We can only strive to do what God would have us do.  The Bible says Christians will fall many times.  There have been days where I just want to give up.  I want to find a corner and hide.  But I know that is what Satan wants me to do.  He wants me to give up the fight.  Christians, we are in a battle!  We must continue on with the faith and tell others about Jesus.  Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  Jesus is the only one that can deliver us from this earthly body!  So if you are saved, Keep the faith!  If you are not a Christian, now is the perfect time to ask Jesus to save you.  Turn from your sins and ask Jesus to forgive your sins.

Read what Paul said.  Romans 7:18-24- For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Remember the real meaning of Christmas this season!   

                      Jesus

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Honor Jesus This Christmas

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Sometimes God speaks to us through our own life experiences.  Sometimes things don’t always work out.  Sometimes things get in the way of what we want to happen.  As I was sitting in my car praying about my family and wondering why things don’t always go as planned, I started thinking about my son.  I want my son to live a happy life and to be respected for the person he truly is.  Sometimes I feel that he is taken for granted.  Then it was like the Lord spoke to me.  I realized that God must feel the same way that I do.

Jesus is God’s son and people don’t honor him and show him the respect he deserves.  Not only does Jesus love each and every person, but he dedicated his life for others.  He suffered on a cross for the sins of the world. And how does the world pay him back for his sacrifice?  They often deny him, mock him, or neglect him.  Either they deny his existence all together, or laugh at him and/or other Christians that worship him.  Or they neglect him by not giving him any attention.  They may refuse to go to church; putting up excuse after excuse.  They may forsake prayer all together or refuse to read his holy Word.  Or they may refuse to worship him during the holidays; such as at Christmas or Easter.

So let’s try to remember what Christmas is all about this year.  It isn’t about presents or cooking a great dinner.  Christmas, first of all, should be about Jesus.  Without Jesus, where would we be today.  Try doing something that would honor him.  Try singing songs of praise and worship.  Try attending a church service.  Try kneeling on your knees and saying a long prayer.  I ask you to respect the Lord Jesus and let’s celebrate his wonderful birth this year.

Hope You All Have a Very Merry Christmas!

 

 

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The Path to God’s Kingdom

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It is easy to get ensnared into the cares of this life; whether it is money, careers, or a nice lifestyle.  So we need to put on the whole armor of God to protect us from snares that can catch us off guard and get us focused on other things, other than doing God’s will. Not only that, we need to guard our hearts and minds against things that are not good for us.  To me I think I enjoy reading things about crime stories, but I know they are not the healthiest thing for my mind to watch.  In order to be the Christian God wants me to be, I must keep on the strait and narrow path, avoiding those ungodly temptations.  The path toward God’s kingdom.

Colossians 3:1-6-If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: Peter 1:13-Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual attacks come to the true Christian.  Satan doesn’t wan’t you focused on God.  He will send things your way to keep your mind on other things.  Perhaps a movie that sounds interesting, but not necessarily a good movie to watch. To be spiritually minded, we need to stop watching or reading things that are ungodly or worldly.

If you want to defeat the Devil, you must put on the armor of God. Ephesians 6:11-18 says, “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.”

 

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