Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Psalm 70

Road to Waldron

When I read this Psalm I thought that is not the way to think of others. 

David was wrong in the way he was thinking. But, as I pondered over this passage I realised it was not to be read as if we were speaking it. It was to be read as a warning that we were not to seek or hope for the failure of others. Instead we should turn our focus to Jesus and rejoice in the Lord and speak to others of God's glory. 

 When others come against us, turn to Jesus and give God glory. 

 Psalm 70 
 O God, hasten to deliver me; O Lord, hasten to my help! 
2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my life; Let those be turned back and dishonoured Who delight in my hurt. 
3 Let those be turned back because of their shame Who say, “Aha, aha!”
4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” 
5 But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Psalm 61

v 1 “Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.”

We know God hears us because of the promises in the Bible. 1 John 3:22; 14,15 The benefits of following Jesus means we can be assured that God will answer when we call to Him.

V2 ”From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Lead me to the rock that is higher than It doesn't matter where we are, God will answer us in any place and in any circumstance.

Jesus is the Rock and we can be led to His presence by the Spirit. When we are with Jesus there is a tactical advantage. Our life is built on Him. He is our foundation.

V 3,4 “For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.”

God is our refuge. Ps 91 is a promise we can count on and live by. We aren't strong in ourselves but we don't live by ourselves. We have God within as He promised in John 14:23  John 4:4 One of the ways to utilize this strength is to meditate on the Scriptures and let them lead you to victory. If God is for us who is against us? Obviously there are people against us and the Devil. But with God is on our side, we overcome. John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you to give you peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good courage I (Jesus) has over come the world. As we walk (as we live God's directions) we overcome. Romans 16:19,20

v 5 “For You have heard my vows, O God;
You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.”

God hears us and has given us the inheritance. Romans 8:17 We are now part of the family of God. What Jesus got we get. Jesus is the forerunner or prototype for His followers Hebrews 6:20. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 And we are seated with Christ in heaven. Eph 2:6 What the will of God is, can be prayed down from heaven to earth. Matthew 6:10 Praise God we have the victory Romans 8:37

v6 “You will prolong the king’s life;
His years will be as many generations.”

Here is a promise of long life. But it is not a life for self it is a life lived for God. We are kings. Meaning we serve God by ruling in this world, by His direction. Long life is promised to those who walk with God.

V7 “He will abide before God forever;
Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.”

We will abide before God. Or sit enthroned. We rule in Christ. Rom 5:17 In this life and the life to come. This rule is not for self but to advance God's kingdom. What we have is for Kingdom use. Deuteronomy 8:18

It is by lovingkindness and truth that we have the anointing. We are not empowered to lord it over others. We have the power of Jesus to bring healing, wholeness and the good news of the gospel to others.

Repentance comes with following Jesus. A child that picks up a sharp knife will lay it down if you offer him a teddy bear. Followers of Jesus will lay down their sin to gain what is much better for us.

To walk in lovingkindness and truth is to set aside the desires of the flesh and purse the desires of the Spirit. And what are the things of the Spirit? Romans 8:5,6  It is what God has promised. John 6:63

v8 “So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may pay my vows day by day.”

So I will sing praises to God. It is in praise we serve. We go out with joy and are led by peace. Isaiah 55:12

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Isaiah 35 Encouragement Brings Life

Isaiah 35:1,2 "The wilderness and the desert will be glad,
And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom;
Like the crocus
2 It will blossom profusely
And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
The majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the glory of the Lord,
The majesty of our God."

v 1-2 The wilderness is a type of our soul that is dry without life. This chapter explains how a transformation can take place by encouragement.

Isaiah 35:3,4 "Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
4 Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”

v 3-4 Talks about encouragement. And the way we encourage is to say what God is going to do. And we know what God is going to do by the promises that are in the Bible. And we understand that all the promises in the Bible are for us by 2 Corinthians 1:20. So we speak the promises of God to each other to encourage.

Isaiah 35:5,6 "Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah."

v 5-6 The problem with our soul is that it is blind deaf and we are not able to walk in God's ways. It is encouragement of the Scriptures that brings life to our soul. John 6:63

We have the Spirit of God within but a mind set on the flesh brings death. Romans 8:5-8 The Spirit is then repressed within us not able to operate. When we are encouraged to put our mind on the Spirit life springs forth and we operated in the life of the Spirit of God.

Waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Arabah. This is a type that ties into John 4:14 that as we drink of the water Jesus gives the Holy Spirit will spring forth from us to others in ministry.

Isaiah 35:6,7 ". . . For waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.
7 The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes."

v 6-7 wilderness, desert, thirsty ground, haunt of Jackals.
These terms are types of our soul that is void of life and the water that flows from the Spirit. When water comes, (the word of God believed), than life changes the wilderness to life.

Isaiah 35:8-10 "A highway will be there, a roadway,
And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean will not travel on it,
But it will be for him who walks that way,
And fools will not wander on it.
9 No lion will be there,
Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;
These will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk there,
10 And the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away."

v 8-10 This life that comes from the word of God believed, (not just acknowledged as valid), brings us along the highway to the presence of God. The lions, vicious beasts represent the enemy that tries to destroy our hope and belief. We reject these attacks with God's word. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Belief is not just acknowledging the validity of Scripture or the existence of God and the work of our Savior Jesus. Belief is taking the Scripture and accepting it to bring forth fruit from the word with perseverance. Luke 8:15 Belief will set aside the worries and pleasures of the world and be committed to love God and others to bring God's kingdom into peoples lives. Matthew 6:10  It takes work to maintain belief. John 6:29

Notice it is a highway that brings us to the presence of God. It is going, serving in belief having the water of the word within us we have interaction with the Lord. When we are not walking in service we don't have the presence of God apparent but it is repressed.

As we are encouraged in the Scriptures and respond with belief and faith we have God's presence apparent and this relationship brings the joy that sends us with power to the world.

Isaiah 55:12  "“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands."

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Key points of Daily Christian Life

Salvation > Kingdom living. We can live above the world. Isaiah 40:31; Galatians 3:13; John 10:10

We are a friend of God. David, Abraham, Daniel were friends of God and Jesus is our friend as we accept the discipleship mandate. John 15:14

People of the Bible > I don't know any Christian in history that was on fire for God that did not also devour the Bible. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:3; Psalm 119:148,165

Love > Love of people. Our purpose is not to have a good set of doctrines, but to love others.
Yes we need to rightly divide the word of God. And guide others that are straying. It is the Bible that reveals Christ to us and guides us in loving others.

Zeal > Zeal of the Lord is what accomplishes things. Isaiah 9:7 Be excited in what you are doing. If you are not excited about it, why are you still doing it? If we have responsibilities, then we will have the anointing to accomplish what God has given us to do. With anointing there is the Holy Spirit and with the Holy Spirit there is joy and power.

Living by faith  > God is pleased with faith. Hebrews 11:6 All that we do should be of faith. We have faith 2 Peter 1:1. Faith is available for us to use. Mark 11:22 Do what you believe is of  God and don't do what you doubt is of God! Romans 14:22,23  That is holiness.

Purpose > Ephesians 2:10 Without a vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 Find God's purpose for your life and do it with gusto, zeal, joy and in the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

People of prayer > We can't function if we don't stay in touch with our King. Jesus was always slipping away to pray. Luke 5:16 If you are not getting an answer, ask why? James 1:5; Isaiah 30:21

Pray in tongues > Vitality flows from the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:14,18

Fellowship > Go to church and get encouraged. Hebrews 10:25 Walk in the light and have the fellowship of God. 1 John 1:7

Share the gospel > Shoes are part of the armor of God. Ephesians 6:15 They are related to sharing the gospel. If we don't share the gospel there is a weakness in our armor and we can be knocked out.

Give > It is more blessed to give than receive. Acts 20:35; Ephesians 4:28 Where you put your money is where your heart is.

Pray and go. Go about your work and shout victory. If you can't, pray till you can. Luke 18:1

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ignite the Fire

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Close up of a lightening strike on tree bowl.

10 Points of Revelation 3:18
“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.” NASB

1 God advises us ~ Respond to the Lord's advice from the Scriptures. Luke 8:15

2 Buy from God ~ Serve God from your heart, like the man who found the hidden treasure who sold all to get the treasure. Matthew 13:44

3 What is gold ~ Gold refers to the good works we do because of God's love flowing from us to others. 1 Peter 1:7

4 Refined by fire ~ Fire refines the work and turns it to gold as we work through the fires of life. Work is refined as we give God glory instead of complaints in the midst of the fire. Zechariah 13:9 1 Cor 3:13

5 Become rich ~ not through possessions Luke 12:15; but having renewed your mind Romans 12:2 to use the promises of God for Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20

6 Buy white garments ~ white garments come from being washed in the blood. Revelation 12:11 How do we get this blood? We work out our salvation Philippians 2:12 by believing God and not our accuser. John 6:29

7 Clothe yourself ~ After believing God has washed us clean from sin, we put on righteousness and step out in service. Righteousness is put on by believing in what Christ has done for us. Isaiah 52:1,2

8 Cover shame of nakedness ~ Our old self is sinful and useless for Kingdom use. We cover our nakedness by believing in Jesus and what He did for us. Matthew 22:12

9 Buy eye salve to anoint eyes ~ This salve heals you from only seeing in the natural. It is a decision to believe what Jesus said and not what you see in the natural. Jeremiah 46:11

10 Eyes to see ~ Ability to see in the spirit what God has promised before it can be seen in the natural. Ephesians 1:18  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Romans 8:13

Romans 8:13 “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

We try to stop sinning in ourselves, by our flesh by keeping rules. At first keeping rules to stop sin seems good. But it doesn't work. Col 2:20-23 By the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body by turning from focusing on ourselves to serving Christ according to the leading of the Spirit.

Gal 5:16,18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
18 “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

It is the law the brings sin into focus. When we turn our focus to Christ we have freedom. What we feed grows. When we turn our mind to Christ our spirit revives and we grow. Phil 4:8,9

Paul refers to himself 53 times in Romans 7. In Romans 8 he refers instead to the Spirit. The answer is to focus on Christ and do that by living for Him.

If instead we focus on our natural desires, our spirit is unused and we cease to be effective in spiritual matters.

When we are letting the Spirit direct us Rom 8:14 we are putting to death the deeds of the body by being active in serving Christ.

I start my day by speaking life. If I feel down at the start of the day I speak life. If I feel great, I start my day by speaking life. If I don't feel anything, I start my day by speaking life. And what do I speak about? SCRIPTURE! John 6:63

Have as your purpose to live for Christ. And we do this by loving others. Then you will live. 1 Thes 3:8

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Paycheck to Paycheck

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Let us not live Paycheck to Paycheck in the Spirit.

Are we preparing for the future in our faith or are we just going day to day? Ps 90:12; Heb 12:12,13

Build for future.
Without a vision the people perish. Prov 29:18; Hosea 4:6
Encourage others God's coming through for you. Isa 35:3,4; Job 4:4; Heb 10:25

When trials come to knock you out of faith, your vision/faith gives the the anchor and strength to carry on. Heb 6:19; Rom 5:5

Spend time with Jesus (in truth, not just marking time) to solidify your faith. The more you spend with Him the stronger your faith grows. John 15:1-8

All the great saints lived with abandon. Eccl 9:10; Phil 3:7,12,13; Matt 13:44

Kingdom experienced by zeal. Don't live nonchalant, live with zeal. Live in zeal from the Word of God. Isaiah 9:7; Isa 59:17

But some say, "I'm doing all I can."
Do it calling out to God. Do it holding fast to the promise, help is on the way. Do it praying in tongues. Do it crying out to Jesus.

Some say, "I don't pray in tongues." The Holy Spirit is there for you. Receive Him or open up to Him. He will baptize you. Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4

Don't Quit. God backs up His word for those who believe Him. Ps 119:89; Ps 19:7-9; John 11:40

If you got pain, Jesus is a pain taker. Isa 53:5
Do you have chains, Jesus is a chain breaker. Ps 68:6; Ps 107:14
If you feel lost, Jesus is a way maker. Prov 4:18; Ps 23:4

If you need freedom, Jesus is a prison shaking Savior. John 8:36; Eph 3:12 (taken from Zachariah Williams)