Saturday, April 28, 2018

3 Things To Do To Grow Spiritually



Live more contentedly:

Your life is not valued by the abundance or types of things you own. Your life doesn’t have meaning because of your financial position or career title. Your life is valuable because God has called you by name. He is your shield and great reward. He will never leave you or forsake you.

Scripture:
Luke 12:15  And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Fight for your faith:

Your faith in God will be challenged by difficult circumstances.Will you continue to believe in God's love, power, might and provision contrary to circumstances. Or will you abandon God and what you have been taught to believe?

Fighting the good fight of faith means to hold on to your hope and love for God when life is challenging.  You must run your own race on the track God has set you.  Don't let difficult circumstances cause you to lose hope or faith in God. Run/live to win the prize of eternal life.

Scriptures
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Look forward to His Coming:

Are you looking forward to the Lord's appearing? Do you long for it? Your time on earth is not the end of your life. There is an afterlife. You have a wonderful life ahead of you that will be lived in a world where Satan (the god of death) is bound. You will live in world where there will be no more crying, heartaches or pain. No more infant deaths or diseases. No more poverty or hunger. No more divorce or premature death. No more theft or terrorism. Just a wonderful life in the presence of a loving God.

Scriptures
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Revelation 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10 Reasons to Hold a Quiet Time with God




1. It is an opportunity to fellowship with God. Your primary fellowship is with God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. God desires to fellowship with you on a personal basis (1 John 1:3)

2. It puts you in an atmosphere to hear the voice of God. As you read His Word, God will speak to you through it. It can also give you direction or counsel that you need right now. You are privileged to enjoy the counsel of "the only wise God" (Isaiah 20:31).

3. It gives you strength to resist the temptations of the day. Those who stay in God's presence have the strength to overcome their weaknesses. A consistent Quiet Time with God is a great deterrent to sin because of your knowledge of the Word, and the strength to carry it out (Isaiah 40:10).

4. It helps you to know more about God. You know more of His character, His views and His heart (Isaiah 54:13).

5. It increases your knowledge of the Bible. Each day reading of God's Word, increases your knowledge of God's promises, His commandments and His person (2 Timothy 3:15).

6. It helps you to be more like God when you learn more of Him. Without fellowship with Christ, you cannot conform to His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).

7. It gives you joy. As you fellowship with God, your joy life increases. In God's presence is fullness of joy. In crisis, Quiet Time is indispensable for the presence of God is your source of joy, calmness and comfort (Psalms 16:11).

8. It imparts peace. The fellowship with God and His Word give peace (Isaiah 26:3).

9. It helps you to know more about God's love for you. In His presence, the love of God is more real because you are daily in contact with God (1 John 3:1).

10. A good consistent Quiet Time is also a safeguard from backsliding. It keeps the fire burning (Isaiah 43:22).

by Dr. Tai Ikomi

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pray and Never Give Up (A Look at the Parable of the Persistent Widow)


A parable is defined as "a fictitious narrative, invented for the purpose of conveying truth in a less offensive or more engaging form than that of direct assertion." Nathan reproved David. (2 Samuel 12:2-3). (John Kitto)

"Christ used parables as, a comparison of earthly with heavenly things, “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,” (Easton's Bible Dictionary)

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Thayers ~word faint means to be wearied out or exhausted….

Luke18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

Luke 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

Luke 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Luke 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

In this parable Jesus compares an unjust judge with God. The judge is said to be fearless, he doesn't fear God or man. He is ruthless, making decisions based on his own will and whims. Depending on his mood or whether he had taken a bribe he did what he wanted to do without fear of being judged by an all knowing unseen God

Judges were known for taking bribes…making decisions or rulings based upon financial gain. The highest bidder gained the judges favor. He was not interested in justice or fairness, equality, but money.

With that in mind we have a widow who brings her case before the judge It is believed she was a young widow as women married young and were widowed young.

The Widows Fight for Her Husband's Inheritance

Some believe her case involved her husband's inheritance or dowry which his family unjustly withheld from her. Her husband died and his family wouldn't give her his inheritance!

What they had belonged to her and she was going to fight for it. The judge appears to blow her off, rejecting her plea for justice but she persistently appeared before him.

Moneyless and motivated by desperation, she went to the king day after day. Asking for justice, asking for the inheritance that belonged to her.

In essence we are like the widow, there are things we need, things being withheld from us, things we want that rightly belong to us. We are the bride of Christ and he died to give us an inheritance.

Jesus said he came that we may have life and have it more abundantly however Satan wants to keep it from us. John 10:10

Unlike the unjust Judge, who did not care if the widow received her inheritance, God cares and will make sure we receive it, but we must be persistent, making sure to ask and keep on asking, to seek and keep on seeking, to knock and keep on knocking.

Keep Praying Until Something Happens

It's simply a part of life persistence and faith. Even after God told Elijah rain was coming 1 Kings 18:1 Elijah prayed for rain not once, not twice, not three times but seven times 1 Kings 18:44, he prayed until he saw the storm clouds and the rain fell.

We must pray until we get results. We must pray until the request or promise has been received.

God wants us to inherit the promises. He wants us to have good things but the first good thing He wants us to have is the salvation of our soul. Jesus said it won't do us any good to have the things of this world and lose our soul (Mark 8:36)

So the first thing we must do is make sure our souls are saved by accepting Jesus sacrifice for our  sins.

Repeat the following prayer if you have not accepted Jesus' sacrifice: Lord I acknowledge that I am a sinner, in need of grace and mercy. I repent of my sins and accept your Son as my Savior that I may be reconciled onto you. Amen

Keep praying because our God is a just God!

May the Lord God, Creator of the Universe Grant Your Requests in the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Whose Your Daddy? Have you Been Adopted into God's Family


According to Jesus the Pharisees could not understand His words because they did not agree with his teaching. (John 8:43)

He also said they did not want to hear what He had to say because His words were different from their father's words (John 8:44).

God was His father but Satan was their father. Jesus would only do what the Father would do and they would only do what their father would do.  They desired/lived to fulfill their lusts just like their father (John 8:44)

The word father means originator, head, chief or ruler. Satan the original sinner became god of this world and the father, originator, ruler or leader of all born in the flesh. (2 Corinthians 4:4) But God becomes the father of all those born of the spirit. (John 3:6) (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Choosing a "father'" began in the Garden of Eden.

God told Adam and Eve they would die if they ate from the tree of knowledge.(Genesis 2:17)
Satan told them they would not die if they ate from the tree. (Genesis 3:4) They believed Satan and ate from the tree, so we die!

So whose your father? Do you heed God's instructions/advice or Satan's both are always speaking.
Jesus taught the only valid reason for divorce was adultery. But their father "Satan" gave them permission to divorce their wives for any cause/reason. They divorced their wives for any reason, if she gained weight or if they found someone prettier.

Jesus taught his followers to honor their father and mother (Mark 7:10)  (Luke 6:38). But their father taught them to take the money they should use to take care of their elderly parents and  make a  name for themselves by devoting it to the temple (Mark 7:11).   

Satan's children used the political system to extort others but Jesus taught his followers to put God first instead of money thereby avoiding the temptation to oppress others for the sake of money. (Matthew 6:24)

Satan says Hell is not real, or if hell is real Jesus is to too good, loving and kind to send people there. But Jesus said, Hell is real and many will go there although it was not created for man but for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

We can't choose our biological father but God gives us the responsibility to choose who will be our spiritual father.

So take a look at your life, whose your father? Are you loving God and acknowledging Him in all your ways? (Proverbs 3:6) 

Have you repented and accepted God's call of reconciliation? (2 Corinthians 5:18) 

When we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we are adopted into God's family. We are transferred out of the kingdom/family of the dark one and transferred into the kingdom/family of light. (Colossians 1:13)

Will you join your father in hell or choose to join your father in heaven?

The choice is yours.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Cross Was His Own~A Poem




They borrowed a bed to lay his head
When Christ came down
They borrowed a donkey in the mountain pass
For Him to ride to town

He borrowed the bread when the crowd He fed
On the grassy mountain side
He borrowed the dish of broken fish
With which He satisfied

He borrowed the ship in which to sit
To teach the multitude
He borrowed the nest in which to rest
He had never a home so rude

He borrowed a room on His way to the tomb
The Passover Lamb to eat
They borrowed the cave for Him a grave
They borrowed a winding sheet

But the crown that He wore and the Cross He bore
Were His Own
The Cross was His Own

Author Unknown

Monday, January 22, 2018

What the Bible Says About Immigration



There is much debate and consternation about immigration today. Yet, God with great wisdom tells us  how to deal with the matter.. You will discover His instructions are fair and just for both parties.

In scripture God addressed the nation's leaders, telling them to treat immigrants/strangers fairly.  They were told not to oppress them with unjust laws but He also told immigrants to obey the nation's laws.

Let's see how God would counsel today's leaders on immigration:

Number 1: God wants immigrants to be treated fairly and not oppressed by the legal system.

Exodus 23:9  Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt

Leviticus 19:33  And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.

Leviticus 19:34  But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Number 2: Since the nation is wealthy, God instructs it to provide financial assistance to poor immigrants when needed. The assistance isn't lavish but appears to provide for basic necessities.

Leviticus 25:35  And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.

Number 3: Immigrants must adhere to the nations laws.

Exodus 12:49  One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Leviticus 24:22  Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God

Number 4: God designated sanctuary cities or cities of refuge for immigrants to flee to until they appeared in court for alleged crimes.

Numbers 35:11  Then ye shall appoint  you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

Number 5: Immigrants should embrace Christian principles.

Leviticus 18:26  But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Why You Should Stop Being So Easily Offended



Due to today's political environment many are saying we are living in the last days. A fellow said he realized we are living in the last days, when Donald Trump was elected and named his motorcade limo "The Beast."

I haven't told him yet, but it looks like the beast was made and named in 2015 when Obama was president.

So because the president rides in a limo called the beast may not be a sign we are living in the last days. But I am sure about one thing occurring in society that proves we are living in the last days, it is the rise of "offence".

In Matthew 24:10, Jesus said, "And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

Notice the verse said "many shall be offended."

Can we say many are "offended" these days? People become offended by many things. Leaving some of us wondering what in the world is going on.

I can't begin to name some of the minor things people get offended about.

But it appears that different opinions on sexuality, politics and theology are major issues that cause people to become offended.

People actually hate you and want to destroy you if you don't agree with them.

They want to see you suffer financially or die if they are offended by your viewpoint or interpretation of events or spoken words.

This wasn't always so!

There was a time when friends and co-workers disagreed about political candidates and worldviews and could still remain friends or work together.

But now if you have a different view your friends may hate you and your boss will fire you. People may boycott your business/ product or threaten to kill you.

Seems rather beastly, that is below human intelligence and acumen to want to kill and destroy someone because they prefer one candidate over another or believes certain laws are right and certain laws are wrong.

The Mark of the Beast

Is the spirit of offense the mark of the beast? Thayer's Greek Definitions says, beast means, a wild animal, and metaphorically a brutal, bestial man, savage, ferocious.

Revengeful savagery seems to be the way many deal with offense and differences. Filled with hatred, they seek to destroy you. They want to ruin your life.

In their mind you have no right to pursue life, liberty and happiness if you disagree with them.

However, Jesus warned the disciples not to be offended (John 16:1).

Strong's Bible Dictionary says, offend means To “scandalize” to entrap, that is, trip up, figuratively stumble or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure, (make to) offend.

It looks like an offended person falls into a trap that causes him or her to sin. The sin may be in word or deed. However, offense begins or ends with the offended party. As one may reject an offensive action if desired.

Scripture says, a cruel person troubles his own flesh (Proverbs 11:17). A cruel, beastly, savage person lives in torment, as cruelty becomes a self-afflicted wound.

Let's love God, love each other and love God's word as scripture says, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." Psalm119:165 

Let's avoid being so easily offended, we can make the world a better place by doing so.

Monday, January 8, 2018

5 Encouraging Scriptures About Hope




Zechariah 9:12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.


Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.



Psalm 147:11 But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.



Romans 5:2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.














Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.




Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rediscovering Your "Go" for the Gospel of Jesus Christ




In Mark 16:15, Jesus tells us to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Some of us have stopped going for various reasons. In order to get going we need to determine why we are not going. 


Do you have the wrong priorities?

Are you spending your time socializing and partying? 

Romans 13:13 So behave properly, as people do in the day. Don't go to wild parties or get drunk or be vulgar or indecent. Don't quarrel or be jealous.

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.


Are you afraid?

Don't be afraid because He is with you!

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Do you fear what others will say or how they will react?

They may give you weird looks but do what He has called you to do anyway.

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.


Have you lost interest in soul winning? 

This happens when we lose our fervor and first love for Jesus? He knows it happens and wants us to repent and return to Him. When we return to Him we will return to "going." 

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Revelation 2:5  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.


You don't know where to go?

Go to homeless shelters or anywhere you see the homeless. Go to hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, child abuse and neglect centers.

Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. 

Now let's get going because "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Blasphemy and Atheism


Scripture says, all sins are forgivable but one. Do you know which one? Just in case you don't know it is the sin of Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, even if you blaspheme His name it will be forgiven but if you blaspheme the Holy Spirit it will not be forgiven.

So, what is "blasphemy?" In general, blasphemy is evil speaking. Fausset's Bible Dictionary says, Blasphemy is a "railing accusation against someone.

Railing is basically verbal abuse. In modern terms railing means to scold, lambaste, rant, censure or berate.

So, one can blaspheme the president, husband, wife, friend or foe, preacher, article writer, television journalist, store clerk, parent, etc. This type of blasphemy will be forgiven.

What about blaspheming God? Strong's Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries, says, blasphemy is "vilification (especially against God) evil speaking and railing."

Blasphemy is common among atheists, they vilify Him, they rant, rave and lambaste Him especially when it comes to His claims to ownership/creation of mankind which gives Him the authority to tell them what they can and cannot do, with their bodies. They deny the fact that the bible is God's testimony to mankind. Testimony is a legal term referring to a "solemn declaration or affirmation for the purpose of establishing or proving a fact." With the bible we have God declaring himself to be a witness to the facts stated in scripture. (1 Corinthians 2:1, Psalm 19:7)

To deny the texts, its laws, precepts, commands and statues, is to call God a liar. This is blasphemy.

Jesus said, David inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote Psalm 110:1. Peter said in, 2 Peter 1:21 that the prophets of old spoke by the Holy Spirit. So, in essence to attribute the bible and the Holy Spirit's work as the work of mere man and not worthy of honor or obedience, is blasphemy.

Not only do their words and beliefs keep atheists from experiencing God's saving grace represented by Jesus' shed blood, they may prevent others from experiencing God's saving grace as well. As some are lured away from God by the atheist's words and views. Perhaps if they kept their views to themselves they would only be responsible for their own souls but if they lure (Luke 17:1) others away with their ideology they will be responsible for those souls as well.(Ezekiel 3:18, 33:8)

All sins of blasphemy is punishable by God but He is patient and merciful when rendering judgment because He wants all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).

Evil speaking, evil blogging, evil trolling, evil Facebook posts and Youtube videos should not be taken lightly. Don't speak evil of things you don't understand or know about. I knew a man who claimed to be an atheist but had never read the bible. How can you seek to discredit a book you haven't read. Jesus will judge sinners for their ungodly deeds and "all their hard speeches spoken against Him (Jude 1:15). Two things are certain you will die and you will stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Avoid the Curse of Unbelief


Paul said, "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha" (1 Corinthians 16:22). Anathema means cursed. There is a curse upon those who do not believe the word and love Jesus. Atheists don't believe in curses or blessings, heaven or hell, God or Satan but that doesn't nullify their existence nor keep them from joining Satan in his abode since they chose to follow him. (John 8:44, Matthew 25:41)

Sometime ago, a friend dreamed he died and went to hell. He said, while the demons were pushing and dragging him into hells flames, they were laughing at him saying, "you've been had", "you've been had." Although he had read the bible, he did not believe certain parts of it and discounted large portions of it. So, the spirits that encouraged him to doubt the validity of scripture mocked him for believing their lies.

I was surprised to discover many atheists used to be believers/Christians. Although surprised, I shouldn't be as scripture says, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1).

I pray you will never hear demons laughing and mocking you saying "you've been had" because you hardened your heart and failed to believe the bible is trustworthy and that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

4 Things to Know About the Name of Jesus



We are Adopted into God's family because of his Name while some remain children of the Devil (John 8:44).

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Sons of God - Children of God by adoption. Christians are called sons of God:

1. Because they are “adopted” by Him, 1 John 3:1.

2. Because they are “like Him;” they resemble Him and have His spirit.

3. They are united to the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, are regarded by Him as his brethren Matthew 25:40, and are therefore regarded as the children of the Most High.

On his name - This is another way of saying believeth in “him.” The “name” of a person is often put for the person himself, John 2:23; John 3:18; 1 John 5:13. From this verse we learn:

1. That to be a child of God is a privilege - far more so than to be the  child of any human being, though in the highest degree rich, or learned, or honored. Christians are therefore more honored than any other persons.

2. God gave them this privilege. It is not by their own works or deserts; it is because God chose to impart this blessing to them, Ephesians 2:8; John 15:16.

3. This favor is given only to those who believe on him. All others are the children of the wicked one, and no one who has not “confidence in God” can be regarded as his child. No parent would acknowledge one for his child, or approve of him, who had no confidence in him, who doubted or denied all he said, and who despised his character. Yet the sinner constantly does this toward God, and he cannot, therefore, be called his Son. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible)

There is Salvation in His Name:

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Neither is there salvation - The word “salvation” properly denotes any “preservation,” or keeping anything in a “safe” state; a preserving from harm. It I signifies, also, deliverance from any evil of body or mind; from pain, sickness, danger, etc., Acts 7:25. But it is in the New Testament applied particularly to the work which the Messiah came to do, “to seek and to save that which was lost,” Luke 19:10. This work refers primarily to a deliverance of the soul from sin Matthew 1:21; Acts 5:31; Luke 4:18; Romans 8:21; Galatians 5:1. It then denotes, as a consequence of freedom from sin, freedom from all the ills to which sin exposes man, and the attainment of that perfect peace and joy which will be bestowed on the children of God in the heavens. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible

There is the Remission of Sin In His Name:

Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Thayers' Greek Definition: Remission

1) release from bondage or imprisonment

2) forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty

We are Baptized In Jesus Name:

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.

Repent, and be baptized. For the first time the terms of pardon under the New Covenant and the Great Commission are given; given once for all time, and always the same. The convicted, broken-hearted, sorrowing sinner, believing that Jesus is the Christ, is to repent and be baptized.

Repent. Not sorrow. They already sorrowed; but a change of purpose; the internal change which resolves to serve the Lord. The Greek term rendered repent, means a change of mind. The act of obedience in baptism is an outward expression of both faith and repentance.

In the name of Jesus Christ. "Upon the name" (Revised Version). Upon the ground of the name. In submission to the authority of Jesus Christ.

For the remission of sins. Thus, by complying with the conditions just named, they shall receive remission of sins. No man can receive pardon without faith and repentance, nor can he without submission to the will of Christ. "Eis (for) denotes the object of baptism, which is the remission of the guilt contracted in the state before metanoia (repentance)."--Meyer. "In order to the forgiveness of sins we connect naturally with both the preceding verbs. This clause states the motive or object which should induce them to repent and be baptized."--Prof. Hackett.

The gift of the Holy Spirit. Promised as a comforter to all who obey Christ, but whom "the world cannot receive. (The People's New Testament, BW Johnson)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

6 Christian Endeavors for 2018


Endeavor to Make Jesus Christ Your Savior:

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Neither is there salvation in any other - No kind of healing, whether for body or soul, can come through any but him who is called Jesus. The spirit of health resides in him; and from him alone its influences must be received.

For there is none other name - Not only no other person, but no name except that divinely appointed one, Matthew 1:21, by which salvation from sin can be expected - none given under heaven - no other means ever devised by God himself for the salvation of a lost world. All other means were only subordinate, and referred to him, and had their efficacy from him alone. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and no man ever came, or can come, to the Father but by him. (Adam Clarke's Commentary).

Endeavor to Walk (live) by Faith:

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight

Better, and not by what we see (or, by appearance). It seems almost sad to alter the wording of a familiar and favorite text, but it must be admitted that the word translated “sight” never means the faculty of seeing, but always the form and fashion of the thing seen. (Comp. Luke 3:22; Luke 9:29; John 5:37.) The fact is taken for granted; and it comes as the proof that as we are, we are absent from the Lord. Now we believe in Him without seeing Him; hereafter we shall see Him face to face. Our life and conduct and our “walk” in this world rest on our belief in the Unseen. (Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers)

Endeavor to Cast Your Cares Upon Him (Jesus):

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Casting all your care, your anxiety, your distracting care, on him, for he careth, for he meddles or concerns himself, with the things that interest you. Whatever things concern a follower of God, whether they be spiritual or temporal, or whether in themselves great or small, God concerns himself with them; what affects them affects him; in all their afflictions he is afflicted. He who knows that God cares for him, need have no anxious cares about himself. This is a plain reference to Psalm 55:22: Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee. He will bear both thee and thy burden.

Endeavor to Pray about Everything:

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Be careful for nothing - Be not anxiously solicitous; do not give place to carking care, let what will occur; for anxiety cannot chance the state or condition of anything from bad to good, but will infallibly injure your own souls.

By prayer and supplication - God alone can help you; he is disposed to do it, but you must ask by prayer and supplication;

By prayer - solemn application to God from a sense of want.

Supplication - continuance in earnest prayer. With thanksgiving, for innumerable favors already received; and for dangers, evils, and deaths turned aside. And let your souls be found in this exercise, or in the disposition in which this exercise can be performed, at all times, on all occasions, and in all places.(Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible)

Endeavor to keep the Unity of the Spirit. (Ephesians 4:3)

Ephesians 4:3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is always danger of discord where people are brought together in one society. There are so many different tastes, habits, feelings, intellectual varieties, levels of education, and temperament, that there is constant danger of division. Hence, there is so much need of caution and of care among believers. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible)

Endeavor to go to Church. (Hebrews 10:25)

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The command,  here is, to meet together for the worship of God, and it is enjoined on Christians as an important duty to do it. It is implied, also, that there is blame or fault where this is “neglected.”

As the manner of some is - Why those here referred to neglected public worship, is not specified. It may have been from such causes as the following:

(1) Some may have been deterred by the fear of persecution, as those who were thus assembled would be more exposed to danger than others.

(2) Some may have neglected the duty because they felt no interest in it - as professing Christians now sometimes do.

(3) It is possible that some may have had doubts about the necessity and propriety of this duty, and on that account may have neglected it.

(4) Or it may perhaps have been, though we can hardly suppose that this reason existed, that some may have neglected it from a cause which now sometimes operates - from dissatisfaction with a preacher, or with some member or members of the church, or with some measure in the church. (Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible)











Monday, November 27, 2017

5 Reasons Jesus Shed His Blood for Us





Jesus Shed His Blood to Grant us Admission into Paradise (again).

And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43)."

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7). 


Jesus Shed His Blood So We May Gain Immortality.


Because Christ shed His blood for us we are delivered from death (mortality) and have received eternal life (immortality)! "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:53).


Jesus Shed His Blood So We Could Be Reconciled to God.


"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life" (Romans 5:10). 

"And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled" (Colossians 1:21). 


Jesus Shed His Blood To Deliver us From Satan's Power


According to Acts 26:18, Paul was sent to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." 

"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son "Colossians 1:13". "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness "(1 Thessalonians 5:5). 


Jesus Shed His Blood To Destroy Satan Because He Had the Power of Death


"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil "(Hebrews 2:14). 

"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).