Tearing it All Down
2-28-21, Brother John Haller, Fellowship Bible Chapel in Ohio has heartrending message about the danger and distress of the USA & the world. The youth, the vaccine 'passport,' pope visit to Iraq, Equality Act, men in girls sports, censorship of conservatives, fraudulent election of ole Joe, Middle East and more:
One hour thirty seven minute video here
John English said:
"Dear John, I feel your pain and anguish regarding America’s youth. They're lost. Best you can do is to take them out of these boot camps for indoctrination and home school them and keep the older kids out of college, especially if they intend studying the liberal arts and social sciences etc. Those academics are most likely 'woke' and will destroy their lives. Praying for you guys."
JMW from Seattle said:
"There seems to be a new, all encompassing movement, in giant proportion of a different and new kind, different from the Great Depression or WWII by analogy but not in scope. It is unfolding day by day with an ever more concerning and alarming shocking situational awareness of it’s totality."
The Bible Says:
"When the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, "Alas, my master! how shall we do?" And he answered, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." And Elisha prayed, and said: "LORD, I pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see." And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." 2 Kings 6:15-17
Oh Lord, please open the eyes of the blind people of the modern world that they can see the evil of the wicked leaders. [Ezekiel 33:6]
Sowing Spiritual Seeds
Jesus said: "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me and to finish His work. Say not ye, 'There are yet four months and then cometh harvest?' Behold, I say unto you, "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages and gathers fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, "One soweth and another reaps. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors."
John 4:34-38; Matthew 9:37-38
2-27-21, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Think about everything that contributed to the story of how you came to know Christ as your Lord and Savior. It's probably not possible to fully count all those spiritual seeds that God used to draw you to Him. [John 6:44]
And not all the people who sowed good seed into your life knew what the outcome would be.
We also have the opportunity and privilege--every single day--of sowing seeds into the lives of others, such as our friends, co-workers, children, grandchildren, or even strangers. God takes what you plant and adds to it. He leads others to sow further seed or "water" the ground. Little by little, truth gets cultivated in their lives. What greater thing could you do?
Conversely, you might focus on providing your kids with plenty of material security and send them to the best schools and colleges--and yet it would count nothing for eternity.
But when you sow eternal truths of God into their lives with the qualities of Jesus, you're feeding their eternal spirits. The seeds that affect their hearts, view of God and desire to make a difference for Him in the world are what will produce genuine, lasting "fruit" [Matt 7:16] and a great harvest in their lives.
Whether or not you ever see the results, the Lord is profoundly using you when you sow this kind of "crop." God sees all the little things you do even if it's just praying for them. He's interested in more than just "big" things. The fruit of His Spirit often manifests itself in quiet ways that others may never give you credit for. But such spiritual seeds accomplish powerful work drawing the lost to salvation and eternal life with God.
The Opened Heavens
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.”
Revelation 6:2, 19:11
5-22-18, Archives of Henry Morris, PhD --This is the final climactic reference in the Bible to God’s opened heavens. Sometimes, as in this verse, heaven is opened in judgment; sometimes in blessing. Sometimes it is the atmospheric heaven that is open; sometimes the heaven of heavens where stands the throne of God.
The first such mention refers to the world-destroying Flood of Noah’s day when “the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11). The second mention, however, speaks of blessing. God had “opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat” (Psalm 78:23-24). The windows of heaven rained down the waters of death, while the doors of heaven rained down the bread of life! Ezekiel also saw the heavens opened in judgment (Ezekiel 1:1), but God told Malachi,=>
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse . . . and prove me now . . . if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
At the baptism of the Lord Jesus, the heavens were opened and men heard the great testimony of the Father concerning His beloved Son (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21). Jesus promised Nathanael, “Hereafter ye shall see heaven open” (John 1:51), and Stephen and Peter actually saw the heavens open (Acts 7:56; 10:11).
Finally, the apostle John reported that “a door was opened in heaven” (Revelation 4:1), and he saw the Lord on His throne—12 specific references (four in the Old Testament, eight in the New) to the opened heavens. Heaven's opened when God is on His throne in judgment Revelation 20:12 ... Source
On All the Heathen
“For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.”
Obadiah 1:15; Psalm 2:1-6
5-20-18, Archives of Henry Morris, PhD -- The Holy Bible's Old Testament book of Obadiah was possibly the earliest of the prophetic books and is certainly the shortest, with its single chapter. Its theme is God’s coming judgment on the Edomite nation, not only because of their general wickedness, but particularly because of their abusive treatment of their Israelite relatives (Jacob’s brother Esau was the father of the Edomites).
The prophecy of Obadiah contained in Obadiah 1:15 the first mention (chronologically) of the coming “day of the LORD.” Although at first it appears to focus especially on the Edomites, it is really looking far ahead to the end times, when the judgments of that day will be “upon all the heathen.” There have been many precursive and partial fulfillments of this prophecy as nation after nation has been brought down =>
<= throughout history under God’s judgmental hand. Edom, in particular, has long since vanished as a nation.
There is a great day coming, however (actually a period of time), called in the Bible “the day of the Lord” (also “that day,” “the great day of His wrath,” and other such terms), when all the heathen (that is, the “Gentile nations,” including the U.S.) will be judged by the God Who created them, Who died to redeem them, and Who has been repudiated by them. “And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: . . . and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:15). Our own heathen nation [the USA] has been spared thus far because of our biblical foundations, our care for God’s people, Israel, and our missionary efforts, but these are fast disappearing and our time, like that of Edom, will surely come. [See Joel 2:1-11; Daniel 12:1; Romans 2:5] Source
Loving and Caring For Animals
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”
2-24-21, Whosoever is righteous will have kind regard for the life or the care of animals, whether they are pets or livestock. Clearly God's word shows that merciful and compassionate care given to our animals is very pleasing in His sight.
People who give humane treatment to animals is righteous in God’s sight. However that doesn’t mean they can be forgiven for their sin by the good works of having regard for the proper care & treatment of animals.
Our righteousness & salvation only comes from forgiveness and the life changing event of turning to the Savior Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3; John 3:3, 7; Acts 4:12, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Bible verses about kindness to animals:
Deuteronomy 25:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.”
Proverbs 27:23 “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Luke 14:5 “And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”
Where did we get the notion that dogs were "man's best friend?"
Probably not from the Bible; from the pages of the "Good Book" where we see that God's Word isn't so sweet on our canine companions.
In 1 Kings 14:11, dogs are used to curse Jeroboam and in the New Testament 2 Peter 2:22 dogs are explicitly linked with that most unclean animal, the pig. Matthew 7:6; Philippians 3:2; Psalm 22:16; Proverbs 26:11; Revelation 22:15
Good, gentle and loving or
Mean, vicious and hate filled.
A lot like humans.
Bible search for 'dog' & 'dogs'
Not one complementary mention:
Exodus 11:7, 20:31
Psa 22.16, 68:23
Matt 7:6, 15:26
Be Ye Thankful
~ His Love Endures Forever ~
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His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Go to the Ant
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."
1-15-21, Pastor Charles Stanley -- God is a masterful Creator. He has integrated many of His principles into the fabric of nature so that we can see His handiwork and learn of Him (Psalm 19:1-6). If you desire to acquire wisdom, do not neglect to look outdoors for His lessons.
Now, of course, the outdoors sometimes comes inside. If you’ve ever battled ants in your kitchen or pantry, wisdom probably isn’t the first trait you would attribute to them — you probably would choose a description more like determination. But to the lazy person, God points out these tiny creatures as an example of wise living. Simply consider how many characteristics of the ant people would be smart to adopt: strength, preparation, cooperation, teamwork, perseverance, diligence, unity, hardwork and the list goes on. Proverbs 14:23; Romans 16:12; Luke 5:5; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Acts 20:35
So interacting with righteous men isn’t the only way to acquire wisdom. God also wants us to observe the lowly ant that He created to work in community. 2 Chronicles 24:13; Revelation 2:2
There’s much to learn from the created world. By directing attention to the birds, Jesus challenges His followers to consider the folly of anxiety (Matt. 6:26). Birds do not reap or gather grain but rather assume their food will be supplied as it always has been. The lesson in this observation of nature is that the Lord who provides for birds can be trusted to meet His people’s needs as well.
Our quest for wisdom is to be rooted in Scripture and covered in prayer. But don’t overlook the many lessons unfolding right outside the front door. Ask God for “eyes to see” (Mark 8:18). Then take every chance to grow in understanding so your capacity to live by His principles will be strengthened. Source
World Report: Last Days Perilous Times
The Apostle Paul said: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
2-21-21, Brother John Haller from Fellowship Bible Chapel in Ohio USA reports about the flood of information coming at us from all angles. He filters through the gallons of info to bring us world reports in this week's update. Between Covid virus, vaccine, mask mandates and "O'Biden's" snub of Israel, Iran with Middle East under stress and failure to quickly act to assist the victims of the Polar Vortex freezing storms hitting Texas and other states Bill Gates plan for the weather. The world continues to spiral out of control like a car with bald tires on black ice.
One hour twenty-eight minute video here
Jots and Tittles
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Not one jot or tittle shall pass ..."
2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 5:18-20, 24:35; Acts 14:3; Psalm 119:105, 133
1-24-21, John D. Morris, PhD -- Concerning Scripture, Christ taught that every “jot and tittle” (i.e., even portions of letters, not to mention words and phrases) was inspired and would last forever. In many portions of Scripture, the teaching rests on a seemingly rather insignificant component of a word or phrase.
For example, consider the phrase “yet once more” in Hebrews 12:26, quoting Haggai 2:6. We see in verse Hebrews 12:27 that the argument requiring a coming judgment on all of creation hinges on it pointing back to a similar judgment in the past.
Similarly, in Galatians 4:9, we see the Apostle Paul couching his comments to the Galatian believers, who had returned to a legalistic system, in a question that turned on the active voice of a verb rather than passive:
We have not only “known God” but “are known of God.”
In John 8:58, a clever use of verb tense was made: “Before Abraham was, I am,” thereby asserting Christ’s deity. Note also in John 10:34-36 how Christ cleverly used the mood of a verb while quoting from Psalm 82:6 in order to defuse the charge of blasphemy leveled against Him.
Paul’s argument in Galatians 3:16 (based on a quotation from Genesis 22:17-18) shows how even the singular or plural form of a word is equally inspired.
Consider Christ’s answer to the Sadducees, who denied personal resurrection, when He said, “Have ye not read...I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:31-32). Christ is their God, not simply was. “And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine” (Matthew 22:33).
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable.” 2 Timothy 3:16 Let us handle Scripture with the same care and love it with the same fervency as did Christ and the apostles. Source
Signs of the Times
Jesus said, “When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Matthew 16:2-3, 25:6
2-19-21, Archives Henry Morris, PhD -- The Lord Jesus gives a sharp rebuke in Matthew 16:2-3; it was well deserved, for His critics were challenging Him to prove His right to be heard by performing a miracle. However, they had already been confronted with a tremendous body of evidence, both in their Scriptures and in the very life and teachings of Jesus (as well as in the miracles [John 10:38] already wrought by Him) that He was their Messiah. They paid great attention to weather forecasting and other mundane matters while ignoring or rejecting the evidence that God Himself, in Christ, was in their midst.
Today we are more occupied with daily weather even than they were, with all sorts of forecasting devices in operation. There is also a growing army of doomsday forecasters, loudly concerned about overpopulation, pollution, and a host of other foreboding secular “signs of the times.”
Yet they ignore the overwhelming evidences, both in science and Scripture, that our great Creator/Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is still in control and is coming again [John 17:24; Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:33, 37; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6] soon to fulfill His great purposes in creation and redemption. A mere listing of the many real signs of God’s times would take many pages. One such sign, of course, is this very proliferation of science and technology. At “the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).
Also, knowledge of God and His creation has been increased as demonstrated by confirmation in archaeology. Another is the great following achieved by these false teachers, as multitudes “turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:4). “Hypocrites,” Jesus said, are concerned with secular trends, but spiritual discerners can recognize the true signs.1 John 4:1-6 Source
End Time Event Earthquakes?
"There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines."
God Used a Huge Earthquake as a Sign of
His Power When Jesus Was Crucified
Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44
When He opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth [volcano?], the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place [volcanoes or earthquakes?]. Revelation 6:12-14; Mark 13:8
- For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:12
- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9
- But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
- That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes to righteousness with the mouth confession is made for salvation. Romans 10:9-10
- Salvation is a free gift not by our own works. Ephesians 2:8-9
Sadly some think that it refers to Christian baptism; Baptism by emersion is for adults as a public profession of faith [Romans 6:4-5] – We must be born again in our hearts.
God Created Heaven and Earth
"'God saw that it was good."
"God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. v12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. v18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. v21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. v5 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. v31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day." Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31
1 Timothy 4:4
"For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;"
"As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him."
"Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices [schemes].”
Those Who Believe Shall Have Life
Those who do not believe shall see God's wrath
2-16-21, When we look at the truth of God and His requirement for salvation we realize there's only two 'religions:'
WORKS or FAITH
Whether it be Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism etc who all preach doing certain 'works' to achieve forgiveness and eternal life with God; OR FAITH that only requires repentance and trust in the finish work of Jesus living for Him. Simple.
Read the Bible ... good starting place is John 1:1
When the Righteous Are inAuthority
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Proverbs 29:2; Psalm 46:1; Job 34:30
2-15-21, Henry M. Morris, PhD -- Many can remember when the nation observed holidays on both the birthday of President Lincoln (February 12) and that of President Washington (February 22). These two men were widely revered as our nation’s greatest presidents and their birthdays were patriotic holidays. However, modern [so called] intellectuals have been actively tarnishing their reputations, while our people have become more and more enamored of recreation, so this situation has now “devolved” into a three-day holiday theoretically honoring all presidents.
We are thankful, of course, that most of our presidents have indeed been God-fearing men deserving to be so honored. None were atheists and almost all have professed belief in Christ and the Bible. God surely led our forefathers when they formed our constitutional republic.
Up until now Christianity has thrived in our country as a result, and we have become acknowledged everywhere as the world’s greatest nation.
Sadly, severe signs of deterioration are abounding and Christians need to pray to rid the nation of it's corruption and depravity. If Paul were here today, he would surely repeat (and slightly rephrase) his first-century admonition to young pastor Timothy: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For [presidents], and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Source
The prophecy of Balaam about Jewish Nation of Israel; Archaeology Confirms Bible Account
"Balaam took up his parable, and said, "Strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! And ships shall come from the coast ..."
2-14-21, Brother John Haller from Fellowship Bible Chapel, Ohio USA in his weekly prophecy update covers many world topics:
- Social Credit Scores in the USA like done in China? yes
- World stock markets
- People become so wicked turned to fables ... 2 Timothy 3:1-7; 2 Timothy 4:1-4
- Millions accept Covid vaccine; but analysis of results not in place
- President Trump acquitted AGAIN
- White people being vilified
- China's plans to control world
- Some 'churches' declare war on Israel
- Update enemy Islamic nation to the north of Israel, Turkey
- Archaeology & excavations confirm people & history, Numbers 24:21-24
- Faithfulness and truth found by historians; God has recorded history in His Word, Matthew 5:17, 18
Liberal leftists discuss eradicating Trump supporters; Orwellian "watch your neighbor!" And Socialism in the USA old as 1944:
WHY 'RELIGION' CAN'T SAVE US
Salvation is a free gift not by our own works.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:15, 6:23, 2 Corinthians 9:15
2-13-21, One of Satan’s greatest lies is that “religion” or a certain labeled denomination can save us from Hell; whether it’s Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism or even Christianity. God’s word tells us we can know we’ll have eternal life with Him only by personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ Who came and died for us. John 3:16, 14:6; 1 John 5:13
The Holy Bible [God’s word], makes it clear that the most difficult people to reach with the good news of Jesus Christ are not the notoriously wicked, but rather the outwardly religious who believe their good works will save them; it won’t - we just cannot be good enough - the standard is Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 Sadly many have been falsely taught there’s a place called ‘Purgatory’ that will hold them while our loved ones pray to keep them from Hell. [I searched the scriptures for this “holding place” … it’s not there.]
The important thing with the Lord is what’s in our hearts. Proverbs 6:18
He sees and judges “the thoughts and intentions of our hearts” Hebrews 4:12-13 the only way to save us from Hell is repentance Luke 13:3 and turning to the Lord Jesus for a new heart and life.
We are all sinners:
Sadly some think that it refers to Christian baptism; Baptism by emersion is for adults as a public profession of faith [rOMANS 6:4-5] – We must be born again in our hearts.
The Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:34-40; Deuteronomy 6:1-19; Mark 12:28-34
For God is the Kingdom, Power and Glory Forever
Walls of Jericho: Joshua may have been the leader of the nation, but its true leader was God.
Joshua's words today still reverberate with powerful meaning as the father of his home by saying in his final days, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 1:7, 24:15
4-20-14, Pastor Jack Wellman*, Mulvane Brethren Church, Kansas -- The account of Joshua and the walls of Jericho falling down is one of human improbability and God’s ability.
It's not just a story in the Bible, but an actual, historical account that matches closely to what archeologists have excavated.
The true leader of the Hebrew nation was God; who Joshua honored and obeyed. In fact, the Hebrew name Joshua means “Jehovah is salvation” or “God saves” so it's appropriate that Jesus’ name is the short form of the Hebrew name Jehoshua and so Jesus means “God saves” so basically it's the same meaning as Joshua. Jesus’ name is Yeshua pronounced “Yaw-SHOO-uh.”
If you have not come to a personal relationship with Jesus then you have no relationship with God at all. John 14:6
It's only through Jesus Christ that we can gain access to the Father in heaven (John 3:36, 6:44) and if anyone comes to Christ in faith after repentance, then Jesus says to them “I will raise him up on the last day.” That last day will be either joining Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven forever or forever being separated from Him with no second chance (Rev 20:11-15).
If you choose to believe, then you already have eternal life (John 3:16-17) but if not, you’ll stand condemned for all time (John 3:18).
Joshua’s words from the ancient of days still echo as relevant today as the day they were spoken where he said “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15) but if you reject God’s Son, Jesus Christ then “He will not forgive your transgression or your sins” (Joshua 24:19).
*Excerpted and adapted full original report here
According to the Word
The closing 22nd stanza of Psalm 119 repeats many of the themes of the previous 21 summarizing this epic to the majesty of the Word of God: “Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to Thy word.”
2-10-21, Archives Dr Morris -- Seven passages contain prayer for “understanding,” which depends on the gracious ministry of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds (John 14:26). Our finite minds cannot understand God’s eternal truths apart from revelation and the “mind of Christ” granted at salvation (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Thirteen passages use “according to Thy word.” Nothing that we can do pleases God more than our efforts to “magnify” His Word in our lives and ministries (Psalm 138:2). Every sentient creature will be judged by what is “written in the books, according to their works” as we strive to honor and glorify the Lord (Revelation 20:12).
Eight stanzas include the prayer to have God “teach.” Again, apart from the Holy Spirit in our “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
After our born again experience [John 3:3, 7] when we repent of our sin turning our lives over to the Lord Jesus we grow effective through prayer, reading and meditating on God’s Word and gain maturity. No longer 'babes on the milk of the word but meat.' [1 Corinthians 3:2]
The writer also promised in eight stanzas to “not forget.” Our minds need to become stabilized with memorized Scripture and our hearts ready and sanctified with the stored Word of God so that we can “give an answer” both to those who ask us (1 Peter 3:15) and when we need guidance for our own life decisions (Colossians 1:10).
The psalm ends with a prayer for all: “Let Thine hand help me; for I have chosen Thy precepts. I have longed for Thy salvation, O LORD; and Thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise Thee; and let Thy judgments help me.” (Psalm 119:173-175). Source
Desire to Do Right
Job said: ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; to depart from evil is understanding.’
Job 28:28; Ezekiel 3:18
1-12-21, Chuck Musselwhite -- Job is one of the oldest characters in the Bible. He was a wealthy man who had it all taken away in a test by the Devil. Through all the challenges that resulted, Job never lost his faith in the Lord. His fear of the Lord and desire to do right prevented him from falling into sin. He gives a great example of how to follow the Lord through challenges.
The phrase “the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” repeats itself throughout the whole Bible. The book of Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible, making this one of the first times it is written. King Solomon repeats this phrase several times in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Several New Testament authors cite these verses.
Since it is in the Bible from beginning to end, we need to obey. Job 38:4-7 Fearing the Lord and avoiding evil is one of the crucial things a Christian can do. Source
The Lord said: "I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked, 'Thou shalt surely die;' and thou give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." Ezekiel 3:17-19, 33:6-9
Muzzled & Pleasure in Wickedness
God Gave Them Over?
"They did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
2-7-21, The weekly prophecy update from Ohio by Brother John Haller discusses the fact that both writers Aldous Huxley [1894-1963] and author, George Orwell [1903-1950] had visions of a future time when governments would suppress their people. While each vision was distinctly different, they're both right. See 1 hour 25 min video here
Tory MP lists prayer alongside rape in proposed 'conversion
2/6/21, UK Government called to ban so-called conversion therapy. Writing for The House magazine, Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, said the “fraudulent and abhorrent practice” must be criminalized. “Banning prayer and pastoral care of people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion would be unacceptable. And parents everywhere will be horrified at the prospect of being threatened with a court order for warning their kids off damaging puberty blockers. They want to exploit public revulsion at claims of ‘corrective rape’ in order to criminalize fundamental Christian practices, and make it illegal for parents to protect their kids. www.christian.org.uk
"Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity for the dishonoring of their bodies with one another." Romans 1:24
"For this reason God will send them a strong delusion so that they believe the lie." 2 Thessalonians 2:11
✝️ 2-7-21, Thank YOU, dear Lord for snow. Although, we think about the thousands of US soldiers patrolling the streets of Washington DC as the temperatures hover around 32 degrees. Snow is expected, but only 25% chance for three or more inches. Thank you, National Guard for protecting the USA Capitol city from unknown dangers. 🙏🏻
Be Polite, it's stupid to be rude ...
The Apostle Paul: "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Luke 6:27, 35 Jesus said, "I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you... Love ye your enemies, do good, lend, hoping for nothing again; your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil."
Proverbs 31:26 The Virtuous Woman: She opens her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
John 14:6; Luke 13:3; Ephesians 1:7 The Lord Jesus forgives those who repent and turn to Him for salvation.
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