Commands,  Instructions, Life lessons taught by Jesus Matthew 4&5

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  1. Use God’s Word to resist the devil/temptation (Matthew 4)
    In order to do this, you must know scripture. Study and pray for wisdom.
  2. Repent! Mark 4:17
  3. Rejoice when people falsely accuse and persecute you for the Lord’s sake (M5:12)
  4. Be a peacemaker (M5:9) So difficult! but it protects you!
  5. Keep your heart pure (M5:8) Check your heart! Ask God to show you anything lurking in there that needs to be addressed.
  6. Be Merciful to others (M5:7) and you will obtain mercy
  7. Seek, hunger and thirst for righteousness (M5:6)
  8. Don’t be useless, like salt that loses its flavor, Be the salt of the earth (M5:13) Don’t be lukewarm either- ew
  9. Don’t hide your walk with Christ, but let your light shine for all to see (M5:14) so they will see your good works and Glorify the Father in Heaven. Hide it under a bushel? NO
  10. Don’t neglect the study of the old testament, Jesus came to fulfill it not destroy it (M5:17-18)
  11. Obey the commandments and teach others, work on righteousness (M5:19-20)
  12. Don’t kill (M:21)
  13. Don’t be angry at your brother without cause and don’t call your brother a fool (M5:22) or any other nasty scoundrel name- or your sister
  14. Be a peacemaker -Reconcile with your brother and make peace before you go stand before the Lord at the altar, if he has something against you, leave your gift at the altar, be reconciled and then come back to offer (M5:24)
  15. Be a peacemaker – try to peacefully settle disputes out of court. Pay what you need to pay, do what’s right and sometimes , even if the other party is wrong, just let it go for peace sake- settle, agree(M:26)
  16. Don’t commit adultery (M5:28)
  17. Lustful eyes are guilty of adultery -Don’t look at another woman (or man) to lust after, this is adultery in the heart. (M5:28)
  18. Pluck your eye out if you have a problem with lust/porn IF you want to save your soul. Better to lose your eye than your soul (M5:29) same with your hand if it causes you to sin (M5:30)
  19. Don’t divorce your wife (except for unfaithfulness) unless you want to be guilty of adultery (M5:31) or if you marry the divorced woman…same
  20. Don’t swear at all, let your yes be yes and your no be no, anything more than that is evil (M5:37). I don’t make promises, that’s just me..don’t know if that’s the same thing
  21. Take the slap (M638-39) and don’t slap back
  22. If a man sues you and takes our coat, give him your cloke as well (M5:40)
  23. Go the extra mile for people errrr if you’re forced to go a mile, go two! and i’m guessing you should do it with a good attitude (who is like this!)
  24. Give to those who ask (M5:42) I’m totally convicted here…..
  25. Lend to those who need to borrow (M5:43) there’s a verse that says if you lend to the poor, you lend to the Lord and He will repay you….soooooo maybe sometimes don’t expect it back
  26. Love your neighbors and Love your enemies (M5:43) have you met my neighbors? I can love them, but do I have to look at them?
  27. Bless those who curse you (M5:44) I do this but it is not easy, because it’s not really what my hearts wants……w
  28. Pray for those who hate you and persecute you (M5:44) We absolutely need the power of the Holy Spirit for strength to be holy and obey Jesus’ teachings
  29. Notice that God watches over the righteous and the wicked, he wants them to turn back to Him. He sends rain on the just and the unjust so don’t get caught up in the greater than thou moment.
  30. Love the haters! (M5:46) so love the Muslims that want to slice your neck, seriously, pray for them. Difficult? Yes! This is why the road to Salvation is narrow and few make it. Be imitators of Christ and remember you are called to be HOLY as God is Holy so stop screaming and cussing at people in the parking lot of church…geeeeeesh! After a lifetime in church, we still don’t get it.
  31. Be perfect (M5:48)- Seriously? Yes, be perfect as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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I don’t know if I should laugh or cry right now. I thought I’d go through the entire book of Matthew, but it seems there’s enough mind boggling disciplines in Matthew 5 that I need to seriously consider.

 

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Prayer of Ephesians 2

Dear Father in Heaven, Creator of Heaven and Earth,

Thank you for your love for me and your great mercy. I was once dead in my sins when I formally walked in the way of the world according to the prince of the power of the air and the spirit who worked in my disobedience,  I went against YOU O Lord by following my own wants, my own lusts, my own desires, whatever my mind sought, but You O Lord, reached out your hand and called me to You – even when I was dead in my transgressions.  You made me Alive together with Christ and raised me up with Him, You have seated me in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus – this is too amazing to understand.

Oh Lord, I am silenced at your amazing Power and Holiness, what an honor and blessing to be before your heavenly throne to talk to you, to praise you and to be in Your presence. Thank you for your mercy and love for me. Thank you for showing me the riches of your grace and  kindness in Christ Jesus.

I know it is only by your grace, mercy and love that I can say that I know you and you have redeemed my life, you have saved me in my faith, and this faith was your gift to me – and it wasn’t because I was something special or any special work or steps I took, but it was only because of your gracious gift.

I am Your workmanship, I praise you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. Speak to my heart and lead me in doing the good works  that I was created to do in Christ Jesus- all my steps that God prepared for my life , Lord let my feet stay on your planned path.

For once I was unclean and common, but now I am an heir in Christ, part of the family of the Lord God. I praise you O Lord for considering me. I remember that I was once separated from Christ and not included as a part of the family of Israel, I was a stranger to your covenant and I had no hope for  I was without God in this world.

But today I can lift my hands and Praise the Lord, for though I was far off, I have been brought near  by the blood of Christ.  O Lord, I praise you, for He Himself is my peace- He has made me one as part of His Holy family, breaking down the barrier wall that divided us.

By your Holy Spirit I have access to you O God, I am in awe at your love for me. Thank you for making me part of Your household, thank you for making me a fellow citizen with the saints. Lord, teach me and lead me to live a life that is pleasing to you.  Keep me from anything that would grieve you.

May my life be a stone in the temple of God in Christ as we are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

I will meditate on all Your gifts and benefits all day, I stand amazed at your love and care for me. Thank you O God , for making me part of your Holy Family in Christ Jesus.  Let my life sing your praises and be a testimony of Christ, for He is way, the truth and the life and no man can go to you O God but by your chosen son Jesus, may all the world know this truth.

In Christ, I pray, Amen

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Prayer of Ephesians 1

Dear Lord,

Thank you for blessing me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places of your kingdom. Thank you for making a way for me to be holy and blameless before you. You are Holy and great indeed, Thank you for Christ who made a way for me.

You chose me before the world began and predestined my life since the beginning of time! Before the foundations of the world! How can this be! Surely Lord, you bless your beloved.

Thank you for your Holy Spirit. Thank you for sealing me for you for eternity. Help me love others and remind me  to pray for others always.

Lord, give me a Spirit of Wisdom and a Spirit of Revelation in the knowledge of you. Teach me to win souls for you through my words and actions . Open and enlighten the eyes of my heart to know the hope of Your calling and the indescribable glory  of the inheritance of your saints and the greatness of your power.

In the Mighty name of Christ Jesus,

Amen

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Am I saved / can I receive the Holy Spirit after I believe and I’v been baptized?  Act 8 : Simon the Sorceror

 

The bible tells us that we must believe on the Lord Jesus and we will be saved, we are also taught that Baptism is part of the process of salvation. However! Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8 fulfilled these 2 outward acts, but since his heart was not right, he had no part in the Holy Spirit.  He was still full of bitterness, wickedness and iniquity. He never stopped his sorcery and evil ways; according to scripture, he had no part in God’s kingdom even though outwardly he made the steps, because inwardly there was no change.

Let’s look at the story of Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8:9-29.

Simon  was well know in Samaria for his astonishing acts of sorcery, witchcraft and great supernatural power. He claimed he was great, that his power and magical art was from God. Now at this time, Philip was preaching God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus to the people of Samaria , he did great signs and wonders – healing the sick, healing the paralyzed, casting out demons- and because of this, there was great joy in Samaria and many believed in Jesus.

Sorcery, witchcraft, omens, calling on spirits and the dead is strictly forbidden by God. If Simon had this power, it was satanic and any power or sign of this kind is not of God.

Simon the sorcerer heard the words of Philip as he testified of the Lord Jesus Christ and SIMON BELIEVED , SIMON was  BAPTISED  and Simon continued to listen and follow Philip as a believer. He watched Philip  and was amazed at the miracles and signs he saw Philip do in the name of Jesus.

So the scripture goes on to tell us that after the people believed and were baptized,  that Peter and John came to Samaria to lay hands on the believers that they would receive the Holy Spirit.  When Simon saw this power come on people, he offered the apostles money for this power.

Here’s were wisdom is needed – Simon was scolded and reprimanded- He is told (even though he was a believer and was baptized) that he

  1. – has no portion in the matter of the Holy Spirit
  2. – His heart was still wicked
  3. -His heart was not right before the Lord
  4. -He was poisoned by bitterness and
  5. – bound by iniquities – his sinful ways

 

What is the message here? Your heart MUST be right with the Lord or your salvation prayer and public church baptism is meaningless and in vain. Same with the sacraments – they don’t give you the ticket to heaven that the church wishes it did – of course the sacraments were put in place with good meaning – but unless we have a right heart, a changed heart – it’s all worthless and in vain.  We need to change -our heart- our ways and our walk. We need to be righteous, holy, and forgive everyone who offends us. We need to live a life far away from sin that entangles you and weighs you down – bitterness, unforgiveness, witchcraft, sorcery, cursing, drunkenness, sexual sins, fulfilling your own lusts and all that goes against God. We must walk in love and humbleness, thinking of others more than ourselves and our own agendas. Consider the verse in James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. The true path requires daily effort to work out your salvation and stay away from sin that can trip you and lead you along the wrong path. Jesus said the true path is narrow and FEW make it, the path to destruction is wide and broad and MANY enter it.

Peter goes on to instruct Simon-

  1.   Repent of your wickedness
  2.   Pray to God that He would forgive you

 

You can’t keep living the same life you did , you need to change.

The Scripture says that Simon could not receive the Power of the Holy Spirit and we know that the Holy Spirit seals us for the day of Salvation. We know he was full of sin -unrepented and unforgiven sin, so with that in mind, was his soul saved? If he wasn’t forgiven, there is NO WAY he could go before the Lord.

Galations 5 tells us that anyone involved in the following sins have NO PART IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD: The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Based on that scripture, Simon’s salvation still had not been worked out. Are you a Christian involved in any of the above sins?

Jesus came to teach the repentance of sins and salvation, yet even though Simon took the outward steps, he had not yet taken the inward steps of stopping his life of sin, repenting from it and asking God for forgiveness.

Did you once walk with the Lord, but have turned you back on Him?

 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,  who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age  and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.  But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Heb 6:4-10

  • Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:8  Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
  • Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

 

We need to stop making our own rules, our own ways and stop making excuses for the evil we are involved in.  Run from sin, repent of your wickedness, ask God for forgiveness and work our your salvation with fear and trembling! Stand unashamed in your walk with the Lord even though everyone is against you – God is with you….forever…….

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Seeking Wisdom? Do you want to be filled with Wisdom? Amazing Promises and gifts are stored up for you. The secret to finding Wisdom…

Seeking Wisdom – Do you want wisdom?  A wisdom that is far beyond the wisdom of human reasoning……

  The first time we see wisdom/ being wise is in Genesis 3:6. It was Eve, she “desired to be wise” and “wanted the wisdom”  that the serpent claimed she would receive from eating the fruit. She craved the wisdom she would receive if she disobeyed God. Do you notice how we are so easily deceived? All the devil needs to do is mix a little truth into anything and so many believe the lies he spews into our ears.  We need Godly wisdom so we don’t fall into the devils trap. In James 1:5, we are told to ASK for wisdom from our generous God and He will surely give it to you – without rebuke.  We can also grow in wisdom as King Solomon did. You will grow in wisdom if you obey Him. Learning, seeking wisdom and growing in understanding never stops – pursue it forever.  Wisdom also fills our lives with promises from God.

Do you want this wisdom? Remember it starts with the Fear of the Lord, you cannot attain these promises without this foundation. For more information on the Fear of the Lord, see my last post: https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/what-is-the-fear-of-the-lord-listen-and-i-will-teach-you-the-fear-of-the-lord-it-is-the-beginning-of-wisdom-and-understanding/. What’s the next step? ASK for Wisdom. Pray and cry out to God for this wisdom. Want to grow in wisdom? Obey obey obey – that the key to growing in wisdom. Watch out that pride doesn’t slip in, acknowledge daily that the gifts God gives you are not of your own doing. Embrace, love, seek and prize wisdom. Keep your eyes glued on wisdom, let it fill your heart.  Continue to walk along His path always growing in understanding and knowledge of His word.

Here are just a few of the Promises that come with God’s wisdom : long life, safety, protection, understanding, saves you from evil people, gives you favor, direction, discretion, wisdom to go in the right direction, keeps you from temptation, brings honor, bright futures and fulfilled hope for what lies ahead. Wisdom will make you great! Wisdom will honor you! Wisdom will guard you! Wisdom will lead you along the right paths! (with all  humility and humbleness, because if you let pride slip in, it ruins everything)

Not only do we have these great promises with God’s wisdom, but more specifically, the Lord gives each of us wisdom with specific skills and amazing abilities. He gives us ideas, insight and direction. Look at some of the gifts of wisdom the Lord gave His people:

Examples Wisdom given from God in the bible:

  • Skilled craftmen – making garments for the priests – this was gift of wisdom from God Exodus 28:3
  • Ability and expertise in all kinds of crafts – Exodus 31:3, 35:31,
  • Ability of the engraver, the workman, the weaver Ex 35:35
  • Ability to perform any task involved in building, constructing and furnishing Ex 36:1
  • Ability and desire to work are gifts of wisdom from God
  • Ability to create and decorate – brass 1 Kings 7
  • Filled with understanding and wisdom to be leaders Dt 1:13
  • Wisdom to plant and harvest, He gives the farmer wisdom Is 28:29: to know how to level the surface, sow the seed, plant in rows, how to grind/crush  the flour- all this is from the Lord
  • To rule and govern countries – Joseph Acts 7:10, Solomon
  • To save nations, countries and families

……off subject, but when I look at the gifts/wisdom/abilities God gave above, I can’t help but think that today’s education has completely eliminated/crushed these abilities/crafts in our culture.

Examples of wise men in the bible:

  • Joseph– God gave him favor before Pharaoh and unusual wisdom to govern over all Egypt Acts 7:10
  • Joshua filled with spirit of wisdom Dt 34:9. He was chosen and given the responsibility to lead after Moses’ death, to bring the people into the Promised land
  • Solomon: first person in bible to ASK for wisdom instead of riches and fame 1 Kings 3, He asked for wisdom in governing people with justice and he kept growing in wisdom, understanding and knowledge
  • Zechariah– a man of great wisdom, unusual wisdom. He was the East Gatekeeper 1 Chronicles 26:14
  • Ezra given wisdom from God to appoint judges , King Artaxerxes noticed Ezra’s wisdom was from the Lord Ezra 7:25. Ezra was a scribe who spent much of his time studying God’s word, In fact, scripture tells us that God’s hand of graciousness was on Ezra because he was determined to study and obey God’s laws as well as teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel
  • Hiram of Tyre of tribe of Naphtali, a son of a widow- God filled him with wisdom to create many items of Bronze for King Solomon 1 King 7:12, he created pillars of brass, chapiters on the pillars decorated with pomegranates and lilies, he made the molten sea for the temple and the oxen holding it up. His work was decorated with lions, oxen, cherubim, lilies and pomegranates . He created many more items of brass for King Solomon
  • 4 men in Daniel – God gave them an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom Daniel 1:17
  • Daniel was 10 times more capable than any magician and enchanter in the kingdom. God have him wisdom, strength and favor Daniel 1-5. He was found to have insight, understanding and wisdom .
  • Jesus!!! He was filled with all wisdom, He grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people
  • Stephen was full of wisdom and no one could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which He spoke. Acts 6:10
    ……..and many, many more……………………………….

Wise Women in the bible:

  • A woman from Tekoa 2 Samuel 14:2- a woman with a great reputation for wisdom who went before the king 2 Sam 14
  • Ex 35:26 women whose hearts stirred up in them wisdom spun goats hair
  • a wise woman from bel-beth-maacah saved her city when she threw the head of Sheba over the wall to King David’s commander Joab.
  • Deborah – a judge of Israel
  • Jael – wisdom, strength and courage to deceive and destroy Israel’s enemy, the commander of Canaan’s army named Sisera. “theLord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman”
  • Esther– beautiful queen of Persia who, through the wisdom and favor from the Lord, saved the Jewish Nation
  • Abigail – saved her household from a great slaughter
  • The 5 bridesmaids who kept oil in their lamp
  • The Proverbs 31 woman
  • Lydia – the Lord opened her heart to hear and understand the words of Paul, saving her and all her household Acts 16
  • Rahab saved herself and family , some of the women had shrewd tactics like Lot’s daughters, Tamar (Gen 38) who pretended to be a prostitute to sleep with her father in law, Isaacs wife who told Jacob to deceive his father for the inheritance and blessing, Leah who secretly took her sisters place in the wedding bed, and the woman from Tekoa who went before King David, but hey! men were shrewd too- consider Jacob and then Laban, he was a real swindler
    …..and many more….I like the Shumanitte woman but I don’t know if she was wise or super persistenthttps://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/it-is-well-it-is-well-said-the-shunamite-woman-2-kings-48-37/

There are many more examples of men and women in the bible filled with God’s wisdom. They saved nations, they saved their families and were able to continue in God’s strength to carry out all that God had planned for their lives. (Wisdom is mentioned 23x in the book of Job. 47x in  Proverbs. 26x in Ecclesiastics)

More facts on Wisdom from the wisest man who ever lived : King Solomon:

Fear of the Lord is the foundation and first step before Wisdom. Wisdom is given to us from the Lord. Once we have wisdom, wisdom will lead you to understanding with knowledge. Following that, God will give you discernment, good judgment and disciple. (knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment, knowledge comes to those with understanding) God’s wisdom founded the earth and preserves it, His understanding created and stretched out the heavens – can we understand or fathom how great this is!?!

Turn your ears to wisdom, ask, pray and cry out for it, for the Lord grants wisdom! It will save you from evil and twisted people, it will save you from temptation. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom, but shun evil and Fear the Lord. There is much joy to the one who finds wisdom, it is greater than silver and pays more than gold. It is more precious than a ruby, in fact nothing can compare with it.

Wisdom is like a tree of life to all those who seek and hold tightly to her. In fact, seeking and getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! If you prize wisdom, she will make you great! Embrace wisdom and she will honor you, love wisdom and she will guard you. God’s wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life, if you find it, you will have a bright future and your hopes will not be kept short – that is an great promise!!!! Wisdom will keep you safe – Gods wisdom, but those who trust in their own insight are foolish.

Wisdom will lead you along the straight paths. Keep your eyes glued on wisdom from above, don’t be foolish seeking human wisdom. Getting wisdom will benefit you- seek her with all your might. Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart. In all this, watch that pride doesn’t slip in. It’s like a silent serpent, like a virus that silently tries to trap you. Check your heart for humility as you seek and grow and wisdom, for pride comes before the fall and humility comes before honor. Seek wisdom from God, not mans wisdom – for no human wisdom can stand against the Lord. For more nuggets of wisdom from King Solomon click here : https://prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/77-donts-from-king-solomon-the-wisest-man-who-ever-lived-proverbs-ecclesiastes/

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Verses to ponder and think about………………..

  • James 3:15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.
  • James 3:17But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
  • Revelation 13:18Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.
  • The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’” Job 28:28
  • Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Psalm 111:10

  My thoughts : If I’m jealous and selfish, I’m not living according to God’s ways nor am I walking in the Fear of the Lord. If I am jealous or selfish, I am actually acting in an earthly demonic way – that is terrifying! God’s wisdom is peace loving and gentle – ooohhhh dear – and willing to yield to others. I’m beginning to understand that I am not fully where I want to be yet. I need to work on being gentle, but seriously…. I don’t know if its in me. Was the Shummanite woman gentle? Was Deborah gentle? If I obey the Lord’s commands I will grow in wisdom , aha! that’s the key to growing in wisdom – obedience….and that takes self discipline.

  • Psalm 51:6 But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
  • Psalm 90:12Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
  • Psalm 104:24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.

My thoughts: How does God teach me wisdom in the womb. That is so amazing! He must fill us with wisdom (errr some of us) or perhaps that verse was speaking of Jesus, hmm no I don’t think so, I just read the chapter. Really amazing that not only do we receive wisdom, but we can grow in wisdom. That gives me hope. God made us in His image. He is the Creator and He wants to give us creative gifts.

  • Proverbs 18:4 Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.
  • Proverbs 19:8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.
  • Proverbs 24:3 A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
  • Proverbs 29:15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
  • Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.
  • Isaiah 11:2And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—
      

My thoughts: That’s interesting – wise words are like deep waters..like a bubbling brook. When I hear those words I can’t help think of the heart mentioned in Proverbs- beware of what goes in your heart, for out of it flow the issues of life and also Jesus spoke of living water in our hearts. This wisdom goes in our hearts and earlier we read that it its enshrined in understanding. Once this wisdom goes in our heart, it overflows into every area of our life. it also reminds me of the verse in Jeremiah 17:7-8 ‘Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, he shall be like a tree by the rivers” The roots of the tree go deep into the waters and soil and nothing can knock this tree down, nor stop it from producing fruit.  To cherish wisdom is to love our own soul. very cool.I need my house to be strong and built right by the Lord, only His wisdom can help me. Discipline produces wisdom, but ugh I feel so tired, when will I see the fruit of discipline? Sometimes I want to give up. God give me wisdom. Okay last verse – I cant help but think of the candles in the tempe – the 7 candles and with that thought, I link it to Isiah 11:2 and the 7 spirits, perhaps they are the 7 pillars or symbolic? I believe their is an order or growth in this way also: Fear of the Lord, Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of Counsel, Spirit of Might, Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding and the Spirit of the Lord.

  • Ecclesiastes 2:26God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:11Wisdom is even better when you have money. Both are a benefit as you go through life.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:12 Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:23I have always tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts and actions. I said to myself, “I am determined to be wise.” But it didn’t work.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:24 Wisdom is always distant and difficult to find.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:25 I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things. I was determined to prove to myself that wickedness is stupid and that foolishness is madness.
  • Ecclesiastes 8:1 How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things.Wisdom lights up a person’s face, softening its harshness.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:16 So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:18 Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.
  • Ecclesiastes 10:1As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.
  • Ecclesiastes 10:10 Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

So what have we learned? First we must have mastered the Fear of the Lord. Then we must ask for Wisdom. Wisdom only comes from the Lord and we are told to ask and He will give it to us. Ask, pray, cry out for wisdom. Knock, Seek and Ask. We can also grow in this wisdom through obedience. God’s wisdom is filled with gifts and promises for us. It helps us, strengthens us,empowers us to teach others, comfort the weary and lead God’s people. When our leaders today – God’s shepherds stop seeking wisdom,they fail and the flocks scatter. It is so important to seek wisdom. Don’t let finances, advertising and busyness knock you off the path. If you’ve already fallen, time to make a change and get back on track. Gatekeepers, you must continue growing in wisdom and keeping God’s flock from stumbling. Remember not to put your trust in human wisdom and strength. If we boast in anything – it is that we know God. God’s wisdom is pure, it is the knowledge that the message of the cross has the power of God for Salvation. Christ is the wisdom of God and God made him to be wisdom itself.  No man can know God through human wisdom, it is only for those who believe.. 1 Cor 1:18   Cor 1:21.  1 Cor 1:24,30.

 

Is there no wisdom in this land? Is no one left to give wise counsel?

Proverbs 2:2 Proverbs 2:6 Proverbs 2:10 Proverbs 2:12 Proverbs 2:16 Proverbs 3:7 Proverbs 3:13 Proverbs 3:14 Proverbs 3:15 Proverbs 3:18 Proverbs 3:19.Proverbs 4:5Proverbs 4:6 Proverbs 4:7 Proverbs 4:8 Proverbs 4:11 Proverbs 5:1Proverbs 7:4 Proverbs 8:1 Proverbs 8:11 Proverbs 8:12 Proverbs 9:10.Proverbs 9:11 Proverbs 9:12Proverbs 14:33 Proverbs 15:33 Proverbs 16:10 Proverbs 21:30 Proverbs 23:23  Proverbs 24:7   Proverbs 24:14    Proverbs 28:26   TProverbs 29:3   Jeremiah 10:12 Proverbs 11:2 Proverbs 14:6 Proverbs 16:16Proverbs 17:24Isaiah 50:4Jeremiah 10:21Jeremiah 17:5Jeremiah 49:7.
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What is the Fear of the Lord? Listen and I will teach you the FEAR OF THE LORD! It is the beginning of WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING

 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge Prov. 1:7

All wisdom (understanding and knowledge) begins with the fear of the Lord.  Do you want wisdom?  life? and good all of your days? Listen and pay attention!

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

And His ears are open to their cry.
 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. pS 34

According to Psalm 34, Fear of the Lord is defined by these 6 keys:

  • Keeping your tongue from evil
  • Your lips from speaking deceit
  • Departing from evil
  • Doing good
  • Seeking peace and pursuing it

An awesome promise follows :There is NO want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. When you walk with the Lord, there is no reason to fear, He promises that you will have all you need. To Fear the Lord is more than just reverence, it’s living in obedience to Him and His Ways. It is to run from evil, seek the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. If you want wisdom, pay close attention.

Am I living, walking, talking, thinking, acting in the Fear of the Lord?????

  •  Am I seeking Him? -really really seeking Him – not just an occasional sit down with coffee in the sanctuary
  • Is my heart right or have I put my “serving” and busyness in the way? Am I walking with Jesus?
  • Are my words pleasing to Him?
  • Are my thoughts in line with His Ways?
  • Is my mind stayed on Him?
  • Do I make an effort to live in peace with people around me or am I quick tempered and impatient?
  • Do I stay away from evil? What music am I listening to? Are the movies and television shows I watch righteous and pleasing to the Holy Spirit in me?
  • Do I do my best to live right? never lie, slow to anger, loving others, putting others before myself?
  • what books am I reading?
  • Am I mixing occult practices in with my walk with the Lord ?- (somebody is… you need to stop)

Sometimes the “Fear of the Lord” is put off to the side while we rush around in all our busy duties and traditions. Maybe we think we already have the fear of the Lord because we said the sinners prayer and go to church. However! As we read scripture, we see that there is an intentional effort that must take place on our part. When the bible says “Seek Him”, that means we may have to put aside our wants like tv and entertainment to truly seek Him.  We have to watch our words too, that takes an effort, or at least it does for me. How about being a peacemaker? If that comes easy to you, maybe you’re not around enough people – because, at least in my life, it takes an effort to put on my shoes of peace. There will always be a battle within us – the flesh vs. spirit, but we need to let God’s Spirit lead us into righteousness. We must begin living a life in the Fear of the the Lord. It takes a disciplined life to live right. Behave!

***NOT ONLY DO WE AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST NEED TO FEAR GOD, BUT OUR CHURCHES NEED TO FEAR GOD  – Even though many churches seem to lack this foundation – you can make a difference. Reverence His Sanctuary, Stay Silent before Him and keep His house a house of Prayer ***

I want to grow in wisdom, do you? I want to grow in understanding and knowledge just as King Solomon did. In order for us begin, we must first master the Fear of the Lord.  It is the beginning of knowledge, it is to hate evil, it is a fountain of life, it leads me away from evil, its the beginning of wisdom – it’s more precious than all the world could offer.

Let’s define  “Fear of the Lord” through scripture:

  1. is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding Job 28:28
  2. Is clean (pure) , enduring forever Ps 19:9
  3. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those to who his commandments Ps 111:10
  4. Is the beginning of wisdom, understanding belongs to those who know the Holy One Pr 9:10
  5. Is the beginning of knowledge Proverbs 1:7
  6. Is to hate evil prov 8:13
  7. Is a fountain of life that turns us away from the snares of death pr 14:27
  8. Is the instruction of wisdom pr 15:33
  9. Is the key to a long life pr 10:27, pr 19:23, a life of honor and riches pr 22:4
  10. Leads us away from evil Pr 16:6
  11. In Isaiah 11:2, part of the 7 fold spirit, this being the foundation
  12. Is the instruction of wisdom – (it takes a disciplined life) Prov 15:31-33

Do you want to understand the Fear of the Lord? Do you want to find knowledge and be given wisdom by the Lord ? (pr2)Then you must:

  • Treasure His commands
  • incline your ears to wisdom
  • apply your heart to understanding
  • cry out and ask for wisdom, discernment and understanding
  • seek wisdom and understanding as you would seek a hidden treasure

PROMISES WHEN YOU SEEK THESE TREASURES: (pr2)

WISDOM WILL ENTER YOUR HEART  ( I so need that)
DISCRETION WILL PRESERVE YOU   (hello, I need that too)
YOUR WAYS WILL BE PRESERVED    (I love this promise)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND JUSTICE   (don’t we all need this?)
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND RIGHTEOUSNESS  (one righteous man can make a difference)
YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE WAY OF EVIL  ( Amen!)
THE LORD WILL BE A SHIELD ,  GUARDING YOUR PATH (Ps91-He Protects me)
DELIVER YOU FROM THE IMMORAL WOMAN (and all temptations)

Proverbs 2:1-16

 My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you,
 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,And apply your heart to understanding;
 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,And lift up your voice for understanding,
 If you seek her as silver,And search for her as for hidden treasures;
 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
 He guards the paths of justice,And preserves the way of His saints.
 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
 When wisdom enters your heart,And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
 Discretion will preserve you;Understanding will keep you,
 To deliver you from the way of evil,From the man who speaks perverse things,
 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice in doing evil,And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked,And who are devious in their paths;
 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,

Hear the Word of the Lord: 

 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.  But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”” GEN 20:11-13

Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel:  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,  And His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me:‘ He who rules over men must be just,Ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,A morning without clouds, Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,By clear shining after rain.’ 2 Samuel 23:1-4

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2 Cor 7:7

 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. Acts 9:31

  Let us together revisit these life changing verses and begin a journey to gain wisdom or to continue growing in wisdom. Stop and consider your ways, decide today to make a new change that your heart would be filled with a priceless gift  – Wisdom from God.  Wisdom to make the right choices, wisdom in our words, understanding justice, new gifts and abilities, right thoughts, new ideas and knowing how to live a life pleasing to our God, our Father and our Creator.

  Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Honor His Name, Reverence His Sanctuary, Walk in the Fear of the Lord

Don’t know which way to go? Start here with the Fear of the Lord and He will fill you will wisdom as you go forward. Jeremiah 6:16 says to Stop at your crossroad, look around, ask for the old godly (ancient) way and then go! walk in it, there you will find rest for your soul.

In Deut 17:7- Moses was giving the people instructions for life and in this passage, Moses gives the rules to follow if they they decided to have a king. One of the rules for a king was that he is to read God’s laws everyday all through His life – he was to write his own copy and “read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God…..” to observe them, that his heart not be lifted up above others, that he would not turn aside from the commands and that his life would long for him and his children.

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What are you looking at?

Now, I have said this to a few people- and certainly it wasn’t meant to be answered- rhetoric question or statement, I’d say, meaning – you better turn your head or I will run you over. Okay, maybe not so Christian like but hey! If you’re going to get out of your car at a gas station and watch me vacuum my car rugs, I will both ask you this question and then proceed to beat you with vacuum hose until you get back in your car. People are so rude, I’d give more examples, but we have a lesson to learn today. My lovely attitude is the result of living among many rude people in this section of the world. If you don’t like my reaction , then I have to ask – what are you looking at? because it’s time to look at YOU- and ask yourself, hey! what am I looking at?

My post today is for each one of us to look at what we’re looking at, what did I see today? where are my eyes going? What is in my minds eye? What am I thinking about?  I didn’t realize, or maybe I didn’t want to realize… the importance of being careful of both what we see and what we imagine in our own eyes.

Scripture has a lot to say on this – it even mentions that false teachers prophecy over the false things they imagine, and I bet they even think they are true prophets in their own eyes.

We will go over a few verses I want you to think about:

1-Matthew 14: And when peter had comedown out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, saying  Lord! Save me!

Peter was perfectly fine walking on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus, but WHEN HE LOOKED at what was coming against him, he sank. When his eyes were taken off Jesus, fear crept in and when fear crept in, he fell. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, nothing can stop us. When we look ahead at Jesus and not our problems, we will be victorious. Consider my favorite tree in Jeremiah 17:7-8, even though winds, storms and drought came along, the tree stood tall, always yeilding fruit and always growing because it’s roots ran deep along the river – it never had to fear or be afraid

2-Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

It doesn’t get any more obvious than this verse. What you see sinks deep in your heart and then into your life. Keep the dirt out of your heart and your life will be right.

3-Genesis 30:31 So he said, “What shall I give you?”And Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks: 32 Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages. 33 So my righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages comes before you: every one that isnot speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me.”34 And Laban said, “Oh, that it were according to your word!” 35 So he removed that day the male goats that were speckled and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had some white in it, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of his sons.36 Then he put three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods38 And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted.  Then Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the streaked and all the brown in the flock of Laban; but he put his own flocks by themselves and did not put them with Laban’s flock. And it came to pass, whenever the stronger livestock conceived, that Jacob placed the rods before the eyes of the livestock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.  But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s.  Thus the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

This is where this entire post started – what!  Somehow when the animals gazed or saw with their eyes- a certain outcome would happen – how can this be? The white of the trees were exposed to the goats, lambs and sheep so they would conceive. I’m not claiming to know what is going on here – but Jacob- and we know he’s done his fair share of deceiving – had a trick up his sleeve, he knew if the gaze of the animals was on this white peel (and by the way Laban means white) that something would happen- all because they saw this white peel from one of the three trees.

 

4-Matthew6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

How can your eye be good or bad. You eye can only see, it can’t go out and do good works so a good eye has to see good things and a bad eye- well, it’s got it’s eye on darkness. What you see effects your body -physical and spiritual. Stop watching lifetime movies! Geeeesh, I’m preaching to myself here…..

5-Numbers 21:6-9     Then the Lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many Israelites died.  So the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, so that He will remove the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten will live when he looks at it.”So Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on the pole, and it happened that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

” People! Look at this shrewd snake, when you gaze upon it, you will be healed and you will live”  It seems like another punishment to look at the snake, why would God want them to look at what would hurt them – I don’t know, but I do know that its important because Jesus brought it up again in the New testament-

6-John 3:9-16 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be possible?”  Jesus replied,“You are the [great ] teacher of Israel, and yet you do not know nor understand these things [from Scripture]?  I assure you and most solemnly say to you, we speak only of what we know and testify about what we have  seen [as yewitnesses]; and you  do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe and trust Me if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has gone up into heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man[Himself—whose home is in heaven].  Just as Moses lifted up the [bronze]serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross],  so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life  “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him[as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

One of the worlds best known bible verses, John 3:16, was during a conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus. This verse immediately follows the verse where Jesus mentions the bronze serpent lifted up by Moses… isn’t that strange?  Maybe it means we looked to the serpent before – because of our sin beginning in the garden, but now we look to Jesus. Either way, whatever  the mystery, in the same way the people received life by looking at the serpent, we also receive life – eternal life, by looking to the Son of Man who was lifted up on the cross. I’m sure Nicodemus remembered these words as he saw Jesus lifted on the cross on the dark afternoon when the earth shook and Jesus died.

7-Luke 6:42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

I know, I know , it is so much easier to look at the faults and defects of others, I mean they have sooooo many! It’s really amazing that we can see how wrong others are even though that big log is in our own. Remember, when you judge others, you will also stand under the same judgment – by others, yes – I’m talking about today. That verse isn’t saying that you’ll get whats coming to you on judgement day – no, it’s instant, maybe tomorrow. Let’s clean up our own eyes first, our own imaginations, yes, that’s the plan.

8-Genesis 3:5God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

The result of Eve’s first act of disobedience was that her eyes were open to sin – to shame, fear and her nakedness- and they obviously learned how to blame someone else. The man blamed the woman and the woman blamed the snake.  So the result of disobedience was open eyes – isn’t that odd…. there’s more to this, but put it in your brain library.

9- Numbers 33:55 But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live.Judges 7:17Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do.Judges 14:1Samson’s Riddle ] One day when Samson was in Timnah, one of the Philistine women caught his eye.When he returned home, he told his father and mother, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me.”Judges 16:21So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eye They took him to Gaza, where he was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.Judges 16:28Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.”

Samson’s eye caused him to sin, then his eyes were gauged out and his last hour he brought revenge for the loss of his eyes.Matthew 18:9And if your eyecauses you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

Look again at the above verse. It says to drive the people out of the land, can you think of any people who live in your land that have now become as ‘splinters in your eyes’?

10 Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.

Wow! I really wish men preachers would stop making excuses for lusting after women by saying that’s how they are genetically made. Give me a break!  You are basically giving an open door to all men to lust by saying God made you that way. Women can do the same – duh! It’s up to each person to behave themselves. Clearly, we have a choice. Here, Job, a man of God defines the way for us. Thank you Job!

11-  STOP LOOKING BACK!     Genesis 19:17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”Genesis 19:26 But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.

  •  Phil 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
  • Luke 9:62Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
  • Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature ; the old things  have passed away. Behold, new things have come
  • Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud  OF witnesses , stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,  focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith , who for the joy  set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God 

In Christ, you are NEW!  You’re not the old person, so why do you keep looking back? Forget what is behind, get rid of those old sins that drag you down and run the race set before you by keeping your eyes on Christ, the finisher of your faith. Keep your eyes on Christ. Have faith, also have good works in love for others at all times.

12- I could go on, but because I know that sometimes a long post is never read, I will stop here and list a few more verses to consider if you want. Bottom line is this – what you see before you and in your mind can lead you to hell or lead you along the way you should go – the narrow path, which is difficult and so few find it.  Get your act together. Amen.

 

  • Hebrews 11:27It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
  • Hebrews 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
  • 2 Peter 2:14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.Matthew 5:28But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • Numbers 24:15Balaam’s Final Messages ] This is the message Balaam delivered: “This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,Numbers 24:16the message of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:
  • Numbers 25:6Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into his tent, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as everyone was weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
  • 1 Samuel 2:33The few not cut off from serving at my altar will survive, but only so their eyes can go blind and their hearts break, and their children will die a violent death.
  • 1 Samuel 18:9So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
  • Job 10:4Are your eyes like those of a human? Do you see things only as people see them?
  • Job 28:21It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity. Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it.
  • Isaiah 33:15Those who are honest and fair, who refuse to profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong—

For all sakes of sakes, I used amplified, new king james, king james and new living translation scattered about.

Have you considered where you let your eyes wander? or where you allow your thoughts to go.  Are you in fantasy land? lotto land? what are you watching? what are you looking at? Where is your mind wandering?

Keep your eyes on Jesus, get your thoughts in line, keep far away from ALL evil. When you control your thoughts, God promises that His peace will be with you!

 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4 

What do I do?

1- Look forward to what lies ahead, just like Abraham and the prophets looked forward to the Messiah. We also look to Christ and what lies ahead.
2- Don’t fill your heart and mind with worthless and wicked ideas, movies, discussions, songs, thoughts, etc.
3- Stop looking back -once we were enemies of God, but now through Christ, we are friends.
4- Consider what your thinking and daydreaming about. Fix your thoughts
5-How many times have you looked only towards Christ today?
6- Ask God to show us any way in us that is not pleasing to Him
7- Ask myself – Are my are focuses so deep in darkness that I cant see?
7-  I know you’re better than everyone else on earth, but let’s stop judging others for their faults without considering our own.
8- Lust will lead you to hell, don’t let any fancy preacher tell you otherwise
9- Anything you do that you KNOW is wrong is a sin- Anything that you are looking at or thinking about that you know is wrong, it’s still a sin
10- What you put before you to look at can change you. It can change your destiny, your eternity, your today and your tomorrow – it can change you mentally, physically and emotionally

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2015 in review

Happy New year !  I don’t usually post the year end review but decided I would this year.  I haven’t posted much in 2015 but I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and new bible studies I have planned out. Thank you to all my fellow bloggers who keep up the good faith telling others about Jesus, thank you to to all my followers and visitors.

Keep on  keeping on-Never give up- never, never, never!

Get out of the world and its ungodly ways, don’t let sin control you!

Zechariah 8:16 Do not fear, always speak truth to one another, let justice, peace and truth lead you in all your ways, LET NONE OF YOU THINK ( or say) EVIL IN YOUR HEART AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR.DO NOT LIE, for these are things the Lord hates.

–and for crying out loud people, behave!  Follow the example of Christ. Can I get an amen out there?

Peace and love to all!

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 210,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.

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AND HE WILL BE CALLED IMMANUEL, THE LORD WITH US Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14

Merry Christmas from the American Center for Law and JusticePhotocredit aclj.com

May God’s peace be with you on this glorious day. For unto us a Son is given and His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

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Christ or Santa Claus; Man, am I confused!

Interesting comparison between Santa and the Lord. This would be a great family devotion. It’s not easy to completely exclude santa from everything we see and hear during the holidays, but we can teach our children and our children’s children the truth of God’s word.

Settled In Heaven Blog

(This is a reposting of a SIH blog entry from a few years ago…)

Most of us know the basic history of Santa Claus…

Nicholas, a 17-year-old Catholic priest, became known for his generosity toward those that were in need (especially children).  Following his death the Catholic church granted him the status of sainthood.  As the Catholic church began to celebrate Christmas, they included St Nicholas in their celebration.

As time progressed, due to the influence of the reformation, the person of St Nicholas began to be changed into a variety of characters.  Different nations began to form their own description and name for this generous person.  St Nicholas’s new names ranged from Father Christmas, Christmas Man, Pere Noel and many others.  The name most commonly used in our country, Santa Claus, came from the Dutch version of St Nicholas, who was given the name, Sinterklaas.

In the early 1800s…

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