WHERE ARE YOU LOOKING
"Hear the word of the Lord..: For the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land." Hosea 3:1-6 (KJV):
"By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing,
and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood."
"Therefore the land shall mourn and everyone that dwelleth therein shall languish..."
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee...seeing thou hast forgotten the law of God, I will also forget thy children...". Amen
"If you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God: Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed; which amounts to idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come.
And in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also put them all aside:
Anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech
from your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices. And have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge
according to the image of the One who created him." Colossians 3:1-10 New American Standard
We all need revival in our lives and a renewing of our strength and faith in these troubled times.
Colossians 3:11-17 tells us how:
"---a renewal in which there is no distinction between
Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian...but Christ is all and in all."
"And so, as those who have been chosen by God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other."
"whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity."
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body, and be thankful.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another...".
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
This really helps me and I know it will help you too.
This is hope and comfort for lost loved ones in these days of death and destruction: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
"But we do not want you to be uninformed brethren,
about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as do the rest who have no hope."
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.'
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep."
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout...and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord."
"Therefore comfort one another with these words."
When we have the love of God within us, we are able to have compassion and share with others.
Many people talk about love, but fail to act on it.
1 John 3:17-18 (KJV) explains:
"But whoso hath this world's good and seeth his brother hath need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him; how dwelleth the love of God in him?"
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
Lesson 4: The Truth for man's salvation:
Many people have secret doubts about their salvation because they were never formally water baptized or sprinkled. We know Jesus received water baptism and encouraged others to do so. This was in symbolic recognition of their sins being washed away.
The spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit is what removes our sins and births our heart for true salvation. In St. Luke 23:39-43 we read that Jesus saved the thief hanging on a cross next to him without ceremony the same day.
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward for our deeds; but his man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise." Amen
Lesson 1: Many people are soul searching for truth concerning their salvation. This is the first of a series of lessons that Jesus taught to reveal the truth for man's salvation. In St. Luke 10:30-37 (KJV) Jesus answers the question, 'Who is my neighbor?' with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It is a story about a traveler who is robbed, beaten and left for dead by the roadside. A priest passed by and ignored him. Then a Levite (a member of a priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi), came and looked at him and left without helping. Then a Samaritan (the Samaritans and Jews hated each other), came and cleaned up his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
Being religious in name only is not true salvation.
Actions speak louder than words. Amen
Are you battling with frustration, or disappointment,
or failure with hurt and anger in you life and need answers? Chances are that you are struggling and so busy you don't have time for church, bible reading and sincere prayer.
Turning away from fellowship with the Lord leaves us vulnerable to the hardships & problems that life brings our way with no answers.
Luke 9:59-62 (KJV) is the answer Jesus gives:
"And he said to another, Follow me. But he said, Lord
suffer me first to go bury my father. And Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead; But go thou and preach the kingdom of God."
"And another also said, Lord I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell which are at home in my house."
"And Jesus said unto him, No man; having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Our first priority must be the Lord in our lives.
Lesson 5: The Truth for man's salvation:
Most of us want peace of mind and a tranquil soul.
We usually blame others or circumstances when we
can't find them. All too often, we blame ourselves; but cannot find the answers we need.
Then we seek all kinds of escape solutions with alcohol, drugs and desperate measures trying to solve these inner problems. We have to face the truth in ourselves.
When we accept the salvation of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Truth becomes part of our being. This Spirit guides and directs us from within. It tells us what is right and wrong in the eyes of God; and warns us when we go in the wrong direction.
When we obey this gentle voice, the Spirit of Peace & Tranquility floods our mind and soul. When we ignore the warnings and harden our hearts; our mind takes control and does what it wants anyway. Then comes the disruption & conflict within ourselves.
We are God's children and we pay a price for disobedience. Every child of God is different and each of us has our own personalized set of rules. Some of us have the inner liberty to do things that others don't have. Then others have the inner freedom to do things
that we ourselves are not allowed to do.
Peace of mind and tranquil soul comes by obeying the
inner, special rules of Truth the Lord designed for you.
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Lesson 6: The Truth for man's salvation:
Who or what is pulling the strings in your life today?
We own things and have loved ones & friends that we are tied to in some fashion. These cords of pride in ownership and cherished relationships we attach to them work both ways.
We stay connected in our efforts to control them, without realizing that they can influence and control us as well. Material things are subject to wear & tear and all too often become burdens instead of blessings.
The same is true in our relationships with others.
Sometimes our love and desire to please others, becomes stronger than our desire to love and please God. Then we lose self-control of our personal lives and the ability to guide & influence others.
When we fail to let God control us; then the things of this world will take control of us in His place. Amen
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Lesson 3: The Truth for man's salvation:
We are forbidden to worship the messengers of God,
the churches and their doctrines instead of God.
In Acts 14:14-15 (KJV) Paul and Barnabas stopped the people who wanted to worship them as gods:
"Then the priests of Jupiter ...brought oxen and garlands...and would have done sacrifice with the people; Which, when Barnabas and Paul heard of, they rent their clothes and ran in among the people,
crying out, Saying, sirs, why do ye do these things?
We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. which made heaven and earth, and the sea and all things that are therein."
In Revelation 19:10 we see John about to worship a messenger angel and was forbidden to do so:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy."
Leviticus 26:1 (KJV) is very clear to all: "Ye shall make ye no idols, nor graven images, neither rear you up
a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land to bow down unto it. For I am the Lord your God. " Amen
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Senior Life training
Do you wonder why the world hates you and makes you feel like hating others? 1 John 3:13-16 (KJV) gives the answer:
"Marvel not my brethren if the world hates you."
"We know we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."
"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."
"Hereby we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." Amen
Lesson 7: The Truth for man's salvation:
All of us are born with a spiritual hole in our heart
where God wants to dwell. This void in our lives can only be filled and made whole by the Holy Spirit using the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Adam & Eve were made perfect and filled with the Spirit of God. Their rebellion and disobedience caused their spiritual death and all following them.
Jesus came as the second Adam to restore man with God in spiritual rebirth and all accepting him.
Nothing in and of this world can fill that void in our heart and make us whole; no matter what man tries.
The only true and pure source of spiritual life to make us complete is Jesus our Christ abiding in our heart. Without Him you are spiritually dead already. With Jesus we are reborn again for eternal life. Amen The end of this series of lessons.
Lesson 2: The truth for man's salvation.
There is no justification for schisms (separations or divisions into factions) in the body of Christ.
1st Corinthians 12:12-13 and 25 (KJV):
"For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink in one Spirit."
"That there shall be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
The only name tag for admission into heaven is
Jesus Christ. Amen
How can we know if the Lord really dwells in us?
1 John 3:23-24 (KJV) tells us how and explains why:
"And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."
"And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him; and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us."
Don't look in your mind to see if he is there; Look
in your heart and know he is there. Amen
Our heart tells us how we stand with God and tells us right from wrong.
We continue with 1 John 3:19-22 (KJV):
"And hereby we know that we are of truth, and shall assure our hearts before him."
"For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God."
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight."
Man's opinion of us is not God's opinion. Amen