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Archive for August, 2014

The Blast Of The Trumpet

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God.  And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.”    1 Thessalonians 4:16   Amplified

Well it’s been quite a while since we haven’t had a 3:16 verse in one of the books of the Bible.  What an awesome verse though that 4:16 is and so I wanted to share it.

For believers this verse is the going home day, the trip we’ve been waiting for.  Our Lord will return to get us and take us home, after that there is no aging, pains, tears, mourning, agony – well, nothing negative.  What a glorious day!!!

In verse 5:1 it says we don’t need to know the day or the hour, just be ready.  If you’re ready, then you need to make sure those around you are ready.  With all the troubling times in our world today we have the opportunity every day to speak to someone about Jesus coming back.  Ask them if they’d like to live where there’s no bad news or sadness.  If they say yes, then tell them how to get there.  It’s really easy, just tell them about the choice you made.

Make Melody To God

“Let the word, spoken by Christ the Messiah, have its home in your hearts and minds and dwell in you in all its richness, as you teach, admonish and train one another in all insight, intelligence, and wisdom in spiritual things, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with His grace in your hearts.”   Colossians 3:16  Amplified

In the book of Colossians Paul emphasizes again that we are to make God’s word part of our being as it lives in our hearts and minds.  As we grow in the Lord we are to in turn teach others about Him as He will give us wisdom to do.  Lastly, we should be making melody to God in our hearts about the grace He has so richly blessed us with.   The acronym for GRACE is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

Most everyone has a favorite hymn, sing it to the Lord today and everyday, it will brighten your spirits.

Order Your Life

“Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that.”   Philippians 3:16   Amplified

As we continue our study of the 3:16 verses in the Bible, the verse today is quite clear.   In our walk with the Lord, let each of us hold on to what we have learned and to apply it to our daily lives.  As a point of instruction it’s always good, in studying the Bible, to read the chapters before and after the verse you are keying in on.    In the case of the 3:16 verses I have been reading the first three chapters of each book and then the fourth as well.  It helps you get a better lock on what is being said, the bigger picture so to speak.

Paul wrote this book to the Philippians while he was in prison in Rome.  The Amplified Bible points out that he uses the words joy or rejoice 16 times.  Most of us might have a hard time saying those words in prison, sometimes we have a hard time saying them in our daily circumstances.  Paul said his imprisonment had actually caused the gospel of Christ to spread more and he called himself a prisoner in His service, because he had so completely given over his life to the Lord.  He reminds us to stand firm in the love of God and to work together in the body of Christ, in harmony, putting others first.  Though Paul was a great apostle, he states in verse 3:12 that he had not attained perfection, but he pressed on toward that goal.  That gives me hope.

Some of my favorite verses in the Bible, and most well-known, are in the fourth chapter.  Verse 4 “Rejoice in the Lord always…”  Verse 6 “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything…..”  Verse 7 “God’s peace shall guard your hearts and minds……” Verse 8 “Whatsoever things are true, worthy, honorable, just, pure, lovely, winsome, gracious, virtuous, excellent and worthy of praise, fix your mind on them.”  Verse 9 “Practice what you have learned.”  Verse 11 “….for I have learned how to be content…..”

Finally, in verse 13, another power scripture we should all know. “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me, I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.”

Superabundantly

“May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit, Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality.”  Ephesians 3:16  Amplified

Our verse today is what I call a power verse, one that gives us power to go through our everyday tasks and battles.   His glory surely is a rich treasury which He strengthens and reinforces us with in our inner man with mighty power. 

The inner man is your innermost being and personality, that’s where God dwells.   That mighty power to help us is what we need to plug in to.  As we seek His guidance and direction each day for each task, He is there ready to help us, but we must seek it.  

There’s more, verse 17 states, “May Christ, through your faith, actually dwell, settle down, abide and make His permanent home in your hearts!”  As a believer God is in your heart, but do you have Him in the center. Is He in the den, where you spend most of your time, or have you relegated Him to the shed out back.  We need God at the center of our life so we can receive power.

Vverse 18 states, “That you may have the power and be strong to grasp….the experience of that love.”  It goes on in verse 19, “That you may really come to know…the fullness of God.”  

Verse 20 is the most amazing, “Now to Him who by the action of His power that is at work within us is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams.”   WOW!!!!!!

How can we not want Him in our innermost being, if we will let Him dwell there He will give us victory over all things.

Bow The Knee

“Now the promises were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed.  God does not say, and to seeds, descendants, heirs, as if referring to many persons but, and to your Seed, obviously referring to one individual, Who is none other than Christ the Messiah.” Galatians 3:16   Amplified 

The book of Galatians starts out with Paul explaining that he was sent to preach to the Gentiles, Peter and the other apostles were sent to preach to the Jews.  In the second chapter of this book Paul states that Peter came to visit the church at Antioch and Paul got upset with Peter.  It seems that Peter had been visiting with the Gentiles in the church, but once some other Jews came he refrained from being with the Gentiles.   In verse 2:11 Paul says he confronted Peter about this to his face.   The fact that the great apostle Peter discriminated in this situation gives me hope, he was human.  He wasn’t right for what he did, but we have a tendency to think of the men and women of the Bible as being super human.  They were flesh and bone just like us.  The difference between them and a lot of humanity is that they were tender-hearted toward God.  When they did wrong they admitted to it and fell humbly before God in repentance.  That’s been a problem for mankind since the beginning, humility.  God loves a humble heart.  We too can be great men and women of God if we will only humble ourselves before God.    Our verse today is Paul discussing that in Christ the Gentiles are the same as the Jews, they have the same inheritance, for all must come to God through faith in Him.  Verse 3:26 states “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.”

All will bow the knee to God, either you do it now or when you stand before the great judgment throne.  It will be too late for you to do anything about it once you stand before His throne.  Bow before Him now and call Him Lord.

The Veil Removed

“But whenever a person turns in repentance to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.”  2 Corinthians 3:16

In our continuing study of the 3:16 verses of the Bible, Paul is explaining to the believers their relationship with the Lord.  Since most of his listeners were Jewish he frequently takes them back to the old testament in order to bring them forward to Jesus. 

The old testament always offered the promise of the Messiah.  The Jews couldn’t see Jesus as Messiah when He came because they were looking for a conquering Messiah, someone who would defeat their oppressors.  They had their feet and minds planted on this earth and only viewed the Romans, their enemy at that time, as their oppressor.  Had they been heavenly minded, which some were, they would have seen the great oppressor is a spiritual being, the devil, and he was defeated at Calvary.

Back to our verse today, Paul is reminding them that Moses wore a veil on his face because his face was shining from being in the presence of the Lord.  That brilliance over time faded, but he still wore the veil.  Paul says the Jews still have a veil over their hearts and minds by being hard-hearted and callous.  For believers though, those who have turned to the Lord and repented of their sins, the veil is stripped off and taken away.  Verse 18 tells us that we continue to behold, in the Word of God, as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.  That we are being constantly changed into His very image, by behaving as He would.

Through salvation the veil is removed so that we can see God, know Him as Savior and Lord, and become like Him.  Praise God!

God’s Temple

“Do you not discern and understand that you, the whole church of Corinth, are God’s temple, His sanctuary, and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you, to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually.”   1 Corinthians 3:16  Amplified

Paul is credited with writing most of the new testament, after the four gospels.  In the third chapter of 1 Corinthians he starts out telling them that they are spiritual babies needing to be fed milk.  Unfortunately most christians still today are in that same category.  Most go for their Sunday morning bottle feeding expecting that to sustain them all week, when they have a bounty to feast on in their own Bible.

Paul also told that early church that he couldn’t feed them solid food because they weren’t ready for it yet.  He said they were unspiritual in nature because they were controlled by their flesh and it’s impulses.   Our human tendency is to be driven by our feelings and emotions, both of those are untrustworthy.  As believers we are now spiritual beings and have a new life in Christ not to follow the urgings of the flesh.   When you are motivated by feelings or emotions stop and ask yourself, what is driving this, my spirit or my flesh?  It’s usually your flesh, so get into the spirit, seek God, and calm down.

In our verse today Paul is telling the church at Corinth that they belong to God. His temple is the church as a whole and in each of us individually, so treat both with respect.  What some do their own bodies no one would dream of doing to a church building.  We must see both as God’s temple to honor and respect. 

There’s also comfort in this verse because it says God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you.