What’s Your Mouth Showing??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #65

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What’s Your Mouth Showing???  A Word from THE WORD!!! #65

I have just a brief but most important word to share with you this morning.  I speak from a grieved heart, and I pray that this will speak to hearts, lives and ‘tongues’ today.

Thou shalt not

take the name of the LORD thy God

in vain;

for the LORD will not hold him guiltless

that taketh his name

in vain.”  Exodus 20:7

 While the Ten Commandments are seen as relatively impotent in our world, even in ‘so called Christendom’, it makes my heart sad, and I simply want to share Jesus’ commentary on the mouth, and ask each of us to examine our heart, soul, and ‘mouth’!  How are you and I using the “name of The Lord” –especially if we claim the name of God’s own Son, Jesus!  Our lives, walk and conversation should reflect our love, awe, and respect for The God we claim to love and serve.  How do you use God’s name (any of them), Jesus’ name?  I won’t leave a list of violations, for if God can’t convict you, I can’t.  But I call each of us to examine our own heart and mouth, and ask God to reveal truth to our eyes, mind, heart, and soul!  May we truly seek to please and obey HIM today–every day!

And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

11 Not that which goeth into the mouth

defileth a man;

but that which cometh

out of the mouth,

this defileth a man…

…. 18 But those things

which proceed out of the mouth

come forth from the heart;

and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed

evil thoughts,

murders,

adulteries,

fornications,

thefts,

false witness,

blasphemies:

Matthew 15:10-11 & 18-19

May we truly ask God to search our heart today…

Search me, O God,

and know my heart:

try me,

and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way

in me,

and lead me

in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

       “But let a man examine himself…..”   1 Corinthians 11:28a

Examine yourselves,

whether ye be in the faith;

prove your own selves….”  2 Corinthians 13:5a

I pray that God will move amongst us today.  May Jesus Christ be glorified.

Amen and Amen!!!

Don’t Grow Weary??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #64

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Don’t Grow Weary???      A Word from THE WORD!!! #64

I have what I hope will be an encouraging word to share with you this morning, for like some of you, I deal with weariness too, yet Paul encourages us to “not be weary”; and while this is good advice we need to observe and take note of the context and then walk in the truth that God speaks to our heart! In fact Paul shares it on two different occasions, which ought to call us to take note!

Be not deceived;

God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth,

that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh

shall of the flesh reap corruption;

but he that soweth to the Spirit

shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing:

for in due season we shall reap,

if we faint not.

10 As we have therefore opportunity,

let us do good unto all men,

especially unto them

who are of the household of faith.”  Galatians 6:7-10

       “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”   2 Thessalonians 3:13

Let’s consider what Paul is calling our attention to as he brings his letter to the Galatians to a close.

Don’t be deceived—deception is all around us, Jesus said:

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.”  John 8:44

What YOU sow, YOU will reap–Of the Spirit or the flesh–

So, watch what you do… (doing comes out of being) which is what Paul is reminding us of–living (being) in The Spirit, not the flesh…

Enter ye in at the strait gate:

for wide is the gate,

and broad is the way,

that leadeth to destruction,

 and many there be

which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate,

and narrow is the way,

which leadeth unto life,

and few there be

that find it.”  Matthew 7:12-14

So, choose wisely–there is a test!  And when we walk with Jesus, we can cast all our cares upon HIM…and “find rest…

Do good, as we have “opportunity” –not chasing the crowd but following Jesus and learning to see what HE sees, and acting as HE leads, not presuming to labor in our own effort.

May you “find rest unto your souls” today, knowing that Jesus wants to carry those heavy burdens, if we will but give them to HIM.  Today!  Today!!  Today!!!

Humble yourselves therefore

under the mighty hand of God,

that he may exalt you in due time:

7 Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.”  1 Peter 5:6-7

Amen!!!

What Can’t REvive??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 20 No. 02

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What Can’t REvive??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 20 No.02

And you hath he quickened,

who were dead

in trespasses

and sins;

2 Wherein in time past

ye walked

according to the course of this world,

according to the prince

of the power of the air,

the spirit that now worketh

in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also

we all had our conversation

in times past

in the lusts of our flesh,

fulfilling the desires of the flesh

and of the mind;

and were by nature

the children of wrath,

even as others.

4 But God,

who is rich in mercy,

for his great love

wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins,

hath quickened us together

with Christ,

(by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together,

and made us sit together

in heavenly places

in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:1-6

I love God’s Word, it is so true, hopeful, and enlightening to help us see where we have come from, and to see how urgent it is to help others come to Jesus.  The thing I want us to think about today is what does “Revival” mean?  I have prayed for revival for many years and will continue to pray for it until Jesus comes, or HE allows me to see a real Holy Ghost, heaven-sent, knee-bending, sin-confessing, tear-stained altar (and sadly to me, many young people don’t even know what that is!) filling, life changing, church-altering, REVIVAL!  The kind of revivals that I knew and saw as a child and a young adult that brought conviction to bear on believers to the repenting of sin, the recommitment of hearts and lives, then a world that takes note of the change!

But there is a catch!

Revival: restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc. ….an awakening in a church….an evangelistic service or a series of services for the purpose of effecting of a religious (my word is Spiritual) awakening…

The key I want us to note is “restoration”, for to be ‘re’stored, something must exist first; and that is what Paul is pointing out to the Ephesian believers, and to us!  Only when we realize that we are “dead in trespasses and sins” will we see the need to come to Jesus to be “born again”, or as Paul says here in Ephesians 2, that God has “quickened us”, in Blanche’s paraphrase, “God has given us life from the dead”, or as the Apostle John wrote in his gospel:

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:

13 Which were born,

not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh,

nor of the will of man,

but of God.”  John 1:12-13

It’s like what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3, we “must be born again” by the power of God through the Holy Spirit!  And my friends, if we haven’t received the new birth–NEW LIFE– from Jesus then we are still “dead in our trespasses and sins” and we can’t be “Revived”! Revival is for those who have received new life in Jesus.  It is for those who know Jesus, but have grown cold toward spiritual things, or have lost their ardor, or just become muddled and confused in the fray of life and need a rekindling of the fire in their heart.  Sort of like a fireplace where the coals are either close to the fire and glowing, or they have become cold with the distance between them and the fire!  Jesus IS our fire!

Wilt thou not revive us again:

that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD,

and grant us thy salvation.

8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak:

for he will speak peace unto his people,

and to his saints:

but let them not turn again

to folly.”  Psalm 85:6-8

God is ever at work conforming His own into the “image of His Son”; our job is to stay near to our “fire” –the fire of Holiness and truth! Jeremiah shared that he had a fire of God’s power in his life, we also have a call, a ministry, a life of obedience, and I think I understand what Jeremiah means, for God’s call is ever on my heart.  I would love to be the one God calls to write the “fluff stuff”, but God has called me to often speak the hard things, may I ever hear his call and like Jeremiah speak as God directs.

Then I said,

I will not make mention of him,

nor speak any more in his name.

But his word

was in mine heart

as a burning fire shut up in my bones,

and I was weary

with forbearing,

and I could not stay.”  Jeremiah 20:9

So, as I pray for revival amongst God’s own, won’t you join me and seek revival in your own heart–for revival must start with “ME”!  How about you?  And if you don’t know Jesus and are just trying to play the game, use the right words, do the right deeds, be in the right church, or belong to the right group…God wants YOU and YOUR heart not your stuff or your abilities to get to heaven. HE wants you to come through Jesus’ substitutionary, atoning, sacrifice!

Behold,

I stand at the door,

and knock:

if any man hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him,

and will sup with him,

and he with me.”  Revelation 3:20

 Jesus calls us to Himself for rest as well as life–take HIS yoke, and you’ll never walk alone!

Come unto me,

all ye that labour and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;

for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy,

and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Amen!!!

God IS ABLE!!! A Word from THE WORD!!! #63

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God IS ABLE!!!        A Word from THE WORD!!! #63

Just a brief word of encouragement on this Friday morning.  I pray that we will all be reminded that our GOD IS ABLE!!!   He never fails, and HE has promised to never leave or fail us!  (And just FYI, “conversation” refers to our walk, or our lifestyle, if you would)

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.

6 So that we may boldly say,

The Lord is my helper,

and I will not fear

what man shall do unto me.”  Hebrews 13:5-6

God has you and me, and when we come to HIM in repentance and faith in JESUS’ substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for our salvation, we will have relationship beyond measure with the Almighty Sovereign God of the universe and HIS Son Jesus’!  I can’t describe to you the joy, hope, comfort, peace, and love that He has imparted to me, and HE will do the same for you, if you will but run to HIM!

For we have not an high priest

 which cannot be touched

with the feeling of our infirmities;

but was in all points tempted

like as we are,

yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly

unto the throne of grace,

that we may obtain mercy,

and find grace to help

in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16

Jesus loves us so much that HE died for our forgiveness and was raised victorious on the third day.  He is able!

Wherefore he is able also

to save them to the uttermost

that come unto God by him,

seeing he ever liveth

to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:25

You have a praying Savior who is ever praying for YOU!  So, God’s work should ever be visible in our walk as well as our talk (how sad that so many of us use speech right out of the gutter)!

And God is able

to make all grace abound toward you;

that ye,

always having all sufficiency

in all things,

may abound

to every good work:”2 Corinthians 9:8 

So, may we walk with Jesus today by relying upon the direction and provision of HIS Holy Spirit.  We can overcome by HIS grace!  Press on today, my friends–remember, we win in JESUS!

But thanks be to God,

which giveth us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,

be ye stedfast,

unmoveable,

always abounding

in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know

that your labour

is not in vain

in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Amen!!!

Church Wanted: Conclusion??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 20 No. 01

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Church Wanted: Conclusion??? Bible Ballistics: Vol. 20 No.01

As we have looked at issues relating to the condition of the Church–The Bride of Jesus Christ–I would like us to examine the church from a different perspective.  We so often get caught up in the building or the denomination, or the doctrinal differences, and while buildings are nice, they are not the church.  While denominations come from differences of beliefs and understandings of scripture, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, for what we believe is important, but what we have often forgotten is that the church isn’t any of these things–the church is an organism, the living, breathing, bride of Jesus Christ, not just an organization.

Organism: a form of life composed of mutually interdependent parts that maintain various vital processes…

Organization: something that is organized; the state or manner of being organized…

This organism is alive by the power, grace, and redemption of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus saith unto him,

I am

the way,

the truth,

and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.  John 14:6

Paul makes it clear that we have life from, in, with, and through Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, by whose blood we are made alive (quickened means to be made alive).

And you

hath he quickened,

who were dead

in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked

according to the course of this world,

according to the prince

of the power of the air,

the spirit that now worketh

in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also

we all had our conversation

in times past

in the lusts of our flesh,

fulfilling

the desires of the flesh

and of the mind;

and were by nature

the children of wrath,

even as others.

4 But God,

who is rich in mercy,

for his great love

wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins,

hath quickened us

together with Christ,

(by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up

together,

and made us sit

together in heavenly places

in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:1-6

Let’s walk through this together, Jesus makes it clear that HE IS “life”; Paul goes on to paint a picture of this “life”.  He says that we are “dead in sins”, “children of wrath”, and “children of disobedience” without Jesus!  Not a pleasant picture, but a true one!  Yet verse 4 is one of my favorite phrases in all of scripture, “BUT GOD”! But God made a way for us to become HIS children, by the blood of The Lamb of God, Jesus, who came to save us by taking care of our sin problem–he gave HIS life to pay our sin debt at Calvary!

He was in the world,

and the world was made by him,

and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own,

and his own received him not.

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:

13 Which were born,

not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh,

nor of the will of man,

but of God.”  John 1:10-13

Even as John the Baptizer proclaimed:

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him,

and saith,

Behold the Lamb of God,

which taketh away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

Even as Jesus told Nicodemus, on the night he came seeking answers.  And HE is still answering questions today–yours and mine–for HE is the answer to our every need! (I encourage you to read all of John chapter 3 today–it is so amazing!)

Jesus answered and said unto him,

Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

Except a man be born again,

he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him,

How can a man be born when he is old?

can he enter the second time

into his mother’s womb,

and be born?

5 Jesus answered,

Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

Except a man be born

of water

and of the Spirit,

he cannot enter

into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh

is flesh;

and that which is born of the Spirit

is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,

Ye must be born again.”  John 3:3-7

Even as Jesus shared with the Samaritan woman at the well:

10 Jesus answered and said unto her,

If thou knewest the gift of God,

and who it is that saith to thee,

Give me to drink;

thou wouldest have asked of him,

and he would have given thee

living water…

….14 But whosoever drinketh

of the water that I shall give him

shall never thirst;

but the water that I shall give him

shall be in him a well of water

springing up

into everlasting life.

15 The woman saith unto him,

Sir, give me this water,

that I thirst not,

neither come hither to draw…

….23 But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true worshippers

shall worship the Father

in spirit

and in truth:

for the Father seeketh such

to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit:

and they that worship him

must worship him

in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him,

I know that Messias cometh,

which is called Christ:

when he is come,

he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith unto her,

I that speak unto thee

am he.”  Portions of John 4:10-26

Not only did Jesus reveal Himself to a Samaritan, but a Samaritan ‘woman’!  Something unheard of in that day and time, but Jesus wants us to know that He came for all who would repent, receive, and believe in this same revelation that HE made to this woman, who received the message that HE IS the Messiah for all, and then spread it abroad!

I tell you, Nay:

but, except ye repent,

ye shall all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen,

upon whom the tower in Siloam fell,

and slew them,

think ye that they were sinners

above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

5 I tell you, Nay:

but, except ye repent,

ye shall all likewise perish.”  Luke 13:3-5

Salvation is available to all who will come to Jesus in repentance and faith in HIS substitutionary, atoning sacrifice which HE made at Calvary!  Friends, all who will receive HIM and be born again ARE the church!  A part of the “body of Christ(the church in its entirety), yet we are also to be a part of a local body of believers for sustenance, spiritual growth, fellowship, service, and ministry both individually and corporately, as needs warrant, and as our gifts supply.  WE ARE THE BODY–and while I won’t take time to cover all that Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12-14, I do want to call us to take heed to the things that Paul wrote about “the body” –here’s Blanche’s paraphrase: our parts don’t walk around independently–I can’t imagine a funnier and scary sight–but that is how many churches function today!  But God calls us to pursue HIM, not self, and when we do, unity can and should prevail, for our gifts are given by God, and God holds us accountable to use them according to HIS WORD with selfless love of God and others–both the saved and the lost.

And he gave some,

apostles;

and some, prophets;

and some, evangelists;

and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints,

for the work of the ministry,

for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith,

and of the knowledge of the Son of God,

unto a perfect man,

unto the measure

of the stature

of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth

be no more children,

tossed to and fro,

and carried about

with every wind of doctrine,

by the sleight of men,

and cunning craftiness,

whereby they lie in wait

to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love,

may grow up into him in all things,

which is the head,

even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body

fitly joined together

and compacted

by that which every joint supplieth,

according to the effectual working

in the measure of every part,

maketh increase of the body

unto the edifying of itself in love.”  Ephesians 4:11-16

And Paul’s message to the Corinthian believers was a call to serve in humility and recognition that our gifts are given by God–not by the will of man for self-exaltation.  And I believe when you are gifted by God, and submit to His will for your life, HE will direct your ways to fulfill your calling and edify others.  Even as Jeremiah said of his calling, and I know that many share his declaration of the burning of God in our heart!

Then I said,

I will not make mention of him,

nor speak any more in his name.

But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire

shut up in my bones,

and I was weary with forbearing,

and I could not stay.” Jeremiah 20:9’

Now there are diversities of gifts,

but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations,

but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations,

but it is the same God

which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit

is given to every man

to profit withal.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Peter gives a most concise summary of how we are to use our giftings–for God, as good stewards of God’s provision, and to GOD’s glory not our own!

As every man hath received the gift,

even so minister the same

one to another,

as good stewards

of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak,

let him speak as the oracles of God;

if any man minister,

let him do it as of the ability

which God giveth:

that God in all things

may be glorified through Jesus Christ,

to whom be praise

and dominion

for ever and ever.

Amen.”  1 Peter 4:10-11

So, my questions about the church are for you and me: “Am I being “the church” to God’s glory?”  “Have I been born again, and received a gifting that I am not using for God’s glory?”  “Is my life outside of the corporate church building a shining light for Jesus, or a shame to HIS name?”  “Am I yielded to God’s work in me, or going my own way; then showing up on Sunday for HIS blessings on my disobedience and sin?”  Please know that I am not throwing rocks, just asking us to consider if we are part of the problem or part of the solution!  May we love, care and yield ourselves to our King–caring and praying, not gossiping!

Many years ago, God gave me a way to stop being a conduit for “gossip” presented in the form of a “prayer request”; when someone called or asked me about something in this vein, I started stopping them before they began to “share” something that “I needed to know”, I would ask simply and kindly, “Are YOU a part of the problem?” (and the answer was almost always, NO!). “Are YOU part of the solution?” (and the answer was always, NO!). So I would tell them, ‘then you don’t need to be repeating this to me or anyone else’!  At first when I would do this, I’d get the stammers and stutters of “but…but…but” to which I would reiterate, I don’t need to hear it if you’re not a part of the problem or the solution–just pray to God who knows “who is who” and “what is what”!  Let’s walk in unity, love, and as one of my favorite reminders says:

If it be possible,

as much as lieth in you,

live peaceably

with all men.”  Romans 12:18

Please know that I’m praying for each of us who belong to Jesus to seek HIS face, and walk accordingly, that the church can once again BE the church, and “withstand in the evil day”!

And my friend, if you don’t know Jesus, you can come to HIM today!

For all have sinned,

and come short

of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin

is death;

but the gift of God

is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

Behold,

I stand at the door,

and knock:

if any man hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him,

and will sup with him,

and he with me.”  Revelation 3:20

Church let’s BE the church–today…and today…and today! Until our Lord calls us to Himself or will “Revive US Again”! Even so Lord Jesus!!!

Amen and Amen!!!