PRAISE GOD For HIS TRUTH!

July 30, 2017

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 What would God’s children do without His truth?  The fact is God’s truth is the very foundation of all creation! Without His truth there would be NOTHING!

Colossians 1:15-17 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

             Through the scriptures we see that:

  1. God’s Truth is an Eternal Truth!  It will never change.

 Psalms 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

  1. God’s Truth is an Encompassing Truth!  It covers everything.

 Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    3.  God’s truth is an Examining Truth!  It reveals men’s hearts.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

   4.   God’s Truth is an Empowering Truth! It is the power of God.

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

   5.   God’s Truth is an Edifying Truth! It strengthens the church.

Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

   6.   God’s Truth is an Earnest Truth! Its’ commands are serious.

 Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

   7.  God’s Truth is an Elating Truth! It brings believers great joy!

 Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

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The Mighty Hand of God

Deuteronomy 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

           It was a blessing last week, during the morning coffee shop fellowship!  The Lord used Brother Otwell to remind us of the great and powerful God we serve!

He mentioned David before he became king, just a lad tending his father’s sheep. How because of the mighty hand of our God upon him, he was able to single handedly kill both a lion and a bear. It was these victories which gave young David the faith to know this same Mighty God, would enable him to defeat Goliath, the fearsome giant warrior of the Philistines.

1Samuel 17:45-47 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.

 David was not hesitant to let everyone know, who had given him these miraculous victories!  He proclaimed to the whole world then and for centuries to come, that the mighty hand of His God was able to defeat any enemy!

Brothers and Sisters, this very same God, who destroyed Pharaoh and brought the children of Israel out of bondage. The  One who delivered the giant Goliath into the hand of a young shepherd boy, is still delivering today!  This same mighty hand, redeemed us from the bondage of sin and Satan forever, Halleluiah!

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 The scriptures have so many powerful stories of great victories wrought by the mighty hand of our Almighty God!  They are all true and they are all there to remind us that He has not changed.  The mighty hand of our Heavenly Father, our King, is still just as mighty and powerful as it ever was.  And He is ever faithful and ready to deliver us from any enemy that comes our way!

1Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

The Lord has given us the Position!   His People 1Peter 2:9-10

The Lord has given us the Purpose!   His Will 1Peter 4:19

The Lord has given us the Plan!         His Word 1Peter 1:25

The Lord has given us the Power!      His Spirit 2Peter 1:3-4

The Lord has given us the Promise!   His Presence 1Peter 3:12

 1Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

 

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It’s All About “the Why!”

July 16, 2017

            No doubt, we have all found ourselves in circumstances or situations for which we cannot find an answer.  We just simply do not understand, “the why” of what is happening in our lives. There is, as always, an answer in God’s Word.  An answer which can bring you peace and comfort regardless what it is you may be facing, if you will simply trust His word to be true, for you.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

           Here in John 3:16 we see “why,” our merciful Heavenly Father gave us the greatest gift that could ever be given!  For God so loved…”

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 Galatians 2:20 and 1 John 3:16 tell us plainly, why, God the Son was willing to allow wicked men to nail Him to an “old rugged cross.” the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

1John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us

                   And again, why on earth, did God choose to save wicked, sinful men and women, boys and girls who cared nothing about Him?

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Yes, you are right, it was because He loved you!

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

That must mean, that there is but one reason, you and I have been chosen to be the very children of God Almighty Himself! “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us…”

Thus, because He does, so love us. We, being imperfect children of our all-wise Perfect, Holy Father in heaven, there will obviously come times of pruning, molding and discipline.

 Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 You, my brother or sister, need not fear.  However, fierce the enemy or powerful and dark the storm, there is One with you and in you who truly does love you with an unspeakably, wonderful and eternal love! 

Romans 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Love is forever, “the Why!”

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YOU!

July 9, 2017

Isn’t it overwhelming when you are reminded anew of all that our precious Saviour did for you.

             Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

           It is YOU, Jesus Christ loves!

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

           It is YOU, Jesus Christ has chosen!

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 It is YOU, the Lord Jesus made alive!

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

             It is YOU, who God has forgiven for all your sins!

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 It is YOU, in whom Jesus Christ has begun a good work and will continue it to the end!

             Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

             It is YOU, to whom Jesus Christ has given His peace!

 John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

            It is YOU, the Lord Jesus has given fullness of joy!

 John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

            It is YOU, in whom Jesus sent the Comforter, to dwell!

 John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

             And after doing all of this and so much more for YOU, what is it that He asks of us in return?

JUST YOU!

 Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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Romans 5:1-2

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Sunday July 9, 2017

A Priceless Gift!

 Praise God what a gift!  God the Father, so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son, the Living Word of God!

John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

             In the amazing, matchless wisdom of our Creator, He gave unto His Son something which He lovingly passed on to all His earthly children.

John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

             Hallelujah to God! The Living Word, became flesh and brought with Him, for us, this priceless gift, THE WORDS of GOD!

A love letter, delivered personally from our “Beloved” to His Bride!

These words, as all gifts from our blessed Saviour, are not just any words, they are, first of all, PURE WORDS!

 Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

                       Oh, the glorious purity of the words of our Father!

  1. They are PRECIOUS WORDS!

2Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

             No, nothing on earth more precious than the words of our dear Saviour!

  1. They are PEACEFUL WORDS!

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 There is only one source for that peace that passeth all understanding!

  1. They are POWERFUL WORDS!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

             Praise the Lord! Powerful enough to transform a hopeless, helpless, lost sinner, into a born-again child of the Living God!