Converting The Soul

Psalms 19:7
The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.



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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

As stated in a prior message, to love God and to love our neighbor is outlined in the Ten Commandments for Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The first four show our love to God. The last six is our love to our neighbor. In addition, everything the prophets wrote, which is the Bible, is to also be followed to show our love. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). So, how do you show your love? Just by mere words or by your deeds also?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Matthew 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

And people may do kind things for their neighbors but without being told specifically what is and is not acceptable to God, it is just guess work. A person may offer a drive to the bank not realizing they are part of the getaway after a robbery. Thieves are willing to help a little old lady across the street to take the purse. People who are generous with their money for each beggar may be encouraging a lifestyle. Being accepting of what society finds allowable may be an abomination in God’s eyes. Kindness means very little. People do not realize that honoring father and mother is inclusive of all proper authority. Jesus expanded the one on killing to be inclusive of anger (Matthew 5:22). He even expanded adultery to include the lustful stare and imaginings (Matthew 5:28). So, do you look to the commandments and the whole Word to know how to love you neighbor, or do you just wing it?

Monday, November 23, 2020

Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

This refers to loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind. People are so quick to turn to the “love feelings” not realizing that the expression of love is actually not a feeling. We may be motivated by the feeling as Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Therefore, to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind is to keep His commandments. Seeing that Jesus even followed up His answer of the first and second commandment statements with, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40), that means we ought to be looking at the Ten Commandments, specifically the first four to express our love to God. We love God if we have no other beings in place of God, including pastors and even parents; no objects in the place of God, including statues; not wearing the name of God or Christ or even the name Christian inappropriately or in vain; and by all means, remembering the Sabbath day on the seventh day, which God created instead of relying on Constantine’s change and adopted by the fourth century church, but still practiced today by many. So, who do you love or obey? God or other human beings long dead?

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Some Christians say, “I will love you God, but don’t ask me to give up…”? That means they do not love God with “ALL” but with just MOST. So, do you love God with “all”, or do you have an exception or two?

Friday, November 20, 2020

Matthew 22:36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

And do we keep it today?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,

Some people are just too educated in the ways of the world but not in the true scriptures according to God’s way. So, do you search the scripture to argue or to submit your life to?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

When the truth of the Bible is allowed to speak, the opposition does not have anything to stand on. So, do you know the scriptures well?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Matthew 22:33 And when the multitude heard [this], they were astonished at his doctrine.

A lot of people today are astonished at the actual words of Jesus as compared to what many preachers teach are the words of Jesus. When people actually search the scripture, they find out that tradition is what is actually being taught instead of the Bible. So, who are you listening to? Jesus through the actual scriptures or tradition taught by preachers?

Monday, November 16, 2020

Matthew 22:31-32 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

That is because “the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;” making God the God of the living “and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29) known as the dead. So, are you living to be part of the living, or are you living to be part of the dead?

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

All the talk about being reunited with our spouses in Heaven upon death is not biblical. Yes, we will recognize each other, but we are not going to continue life in Heaven as on earth. Also, notice that by stating that there is “the resurrection” to look forward to, our beloved ones are not in Heaven. They are awaiting “the resurrection”. So, what are you looking forward to in the resurrection, and do you know where your departed loved ones are now?

Friday, November 13, 2020

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

That is just it. So many Christians think they know the scriptures or trust their pastor to know the scriptures when there is only one interpretation of scripture as outlined in Isaiah 28:9-10 despite the 42,000 different denominations and sects. We are to pick a topic, gather all of the verses, arrange them in categories, especially those that appear to contradict the majority findings, and then find out how to make one side or the other not contradict because the Holy Spirit is all about truth (John 16:13). And then, do not be part of the group in the last days “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, are you studying the scriptures correctly?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Matthew 22:24-28 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

Always looking for a reason to doubt, these people asked one earthly question after another. On what level do you inquire of God? Earthly or spiritual?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

Just because a person holds a religious position, even a degree from and educational institute does not mean they are free from error, apostasy, and outright lying. David (Psalms 16:10), Job (Job 14:14), and others believed that they would rise again and comes to us in the form of the scriptures. To not believe in the resurrection is to go against scripture. Today, many preachers preach even the condemnation of using the Bible for beliefs let alone heretical doctrines. So, is what you believe biblical, or do you just accept what your church teaches?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Matthew 22:22 When they had heard [these words], they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

Do the words of Jesus make you marvel, or do you dismiss the Bible away?

Monday, November 09, 2020

Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

That speaks to each of us today. Give to the government what they demand, as long as it does not conflict with God, and also give to God what is God, which includes time, means, and everything else in our life. In fact, “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). So, do you look for ways to get around government regulations, or do you surrender to their demands? Do you give God a faithful tithe and your time?

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Matthew 22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose [is] this image and superscription?

An ordinary coin, representing a person, has the human image on it. Christ would like to reimage coins into His likeness instead. Are you willing to be reimaged?

Friday, November 06, 2020

Matthew 22:19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

A penny is a coin. Coins have been used in parables to refer to people (Luke 15:8). Jesus allowed the Herodian disciples to produce the coin. And what type of coin would they produce? A worldly one of course. Only God provides the born again experience. So, has those of the world produced a worldly coin of you, or have you been reminted and made new by the heavenly Minter?

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Matthew 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, [ye] hypocrites?

People still tempt Jesus in the form of asking questions that have no purpose of being asked. For instance, how many people have heard the argument, “Where did God come from?” Since unbelievers cannot get an answer, they automatically dismiss the existence of God, yet, they cannot even explain the beginning of evolution. In fact, they are still in search of it and changing the rules to support their theories, defying their own rules. It is so bad that it is a whole lot easier to believe in God than to believe in evolution or any form thereof. Where are those particles that began everything? Where did they come from? What caused them to go into motion, defying the rule of objects, unless being acted upon by an outside force, remains motionless? And that is just the beginning of questions that are far more fetched than simply believing in God. A bunch of hypocrites they are! So, do you try to incorporate any of their lies into Christianity, or are you solid on the Word of God as your basis?

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Matthew 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

People even today get too caught up in the concerns of the government. We are told, “be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1) except when there is conflict because “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, do you have any trivial government concerns occupying your mind distracting from the gospel message?

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any [man]: for thou regardest not the person of men.

Focusing on the word “disciples”, all of us have a particular discipline in which we were taught. The one that counts is being a disciple of Christ though. Being a disciple of the Herodians, or for that matter, being a disciple of the Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Latter Day Saints, Evangelicals, Seventh-day Adventist, Universalist, or other denomination, even a different religion, is not what we ought to be seeking. Those disciplines that agree with what Jesus taught is good, but when people say, “Well, this is what our church teaches” despite what the Bible says, then we are no longer a disciple of Christ but of that particular church. So, are you a disciple of a denomination or religion, or are you a disciple of Christ?

Monday, November 02, 2020

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in [his] talk.

Unbelievers today do the same thing. They try to purposely twist the facts, the wording, and even use misquotes to entangle the message. No matter what, we are to press forward with the gospel. So, do you concern yourself with the trickery of unbelievers, or do you just share the gospel with others without considering if unbelievers will work against you?

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.

Are you part of the few that have chosen to obey God completely? That, by Bible definition, is the direction for God does not just arbitrarily choose to save certain people. That would be predestination causing a whole lot of scripture to be cast away. Every single call to us to obey found in the scriptures would become null and void. That is exactly what the devil wants to have happen. So, are you part of the few that chooses God or the ways of the world?

Friday, October 30, 2020

Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Of course, this will not literally happen. No one will attend the marriage feast and be kicked out; they simply will not be there. This is a parable, which is not factual, but the principle stands. If we do not take on Christ’s righteousness but choose to stay in our filthy sinfulness, we too will be where there is gnashing of teeth – hell. So, what spiritual clothing are you wearing? Christ’s righteousness or your own sinfulness? [Please remember, 99% righteous and 1% sinful is 100% filthy.]

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Matthew 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Jesus calls everyone His friend for He is tender, compassionate, “ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy” (Psalms 86:5). But not having the wedding garment of Christ righteousness and keeping the old clothing of sin and iniquity is out of place. Do you really want to keep your old life or exchange it for a better one?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

These are the same people who declare that they are fine as they are. These are the people that think grace covers present sinning even to the point that the commandments mean nothing. The Bible is clear on the change of robes: “Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment” (Zechariah 3:4). Iniquity or sinning is to be taken out of our lives if we cooperate with God. So, are you planning on showing up at the second coming still in the garments of iniquity and be lost, or are you receiving the robe of Christ righteousness empowering victory over sin?

Monday, October 26, 2020

Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

So, does God really want bad and good people at the marriage supper, even walking the streets of gold? Many ministers teach exactly that by preaching, “It does not matter if you keep the commandments or not. You are saved by grace!” Later, we shall see that there is an expectation to have put on Christ’s righteousness. Therefore, the bad are to stop their sinning and live the Christ righteous life. The good and bad are both called, but all are to have the same response. What is your response?

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Matthew 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

These are the Gentiles, the unbelievers. These shall hear the calling, respond positively, and join the marriage. Are you one of them?

Friday, October 23, 2020

Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

Although we can never be worthy of ourselves, there is a responsibility on our part to cooperate with the “being made fit for the kingdom” process. In other words, God has given us the free invitation to the heavenly wedding that begins eternal life and is working a sanctifying power upon us to become people who can dwell with beings who never sinned, and if we resist that power to become holy people, not being pretentious, we are then unworthy or unfit. So, are you cooperating with the fitting up process to dwell with holy beings, or are you too distracted with things going on in your life to take it seriously?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard [thereof], he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

This is not exact sequence of events, but at the second coming, “And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Revelation 19:14). “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world” (Matthew 13:40). “The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man” (Isaiah 33:8). So, is God wroth with your indifference towards Him because you deem the things of earth worth more attention than spending time with Him in His Word, or is God “well pleased” (Luke 3:22) because you do “search the scriptures” (John 5:39)?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Matthew 22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated [them] spitefully, and slew [them].

And that is the way it is today. Most people will not “take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). They are too busy with life. Those that are not and are actually involved religiously will attack God’s true servants, treat them spitefully, and spiritually kill them. So, which group are you in? Too busy with life to take religion seriously and study these things out? Being one of the attackers? Or being one of the victims?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Matthew 22:5 But they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

Is there anything distracting you from hoping that the marriage supper of the Lamb is soon?

Monday, October 19, 2020

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and [my] fatlings [are] killed, and all things [are] ready: come unto the marriage.

This is how close we are. Things are ready. Are you getting ready to go?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

Are you going to “the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9), or are you too busy with everything else, like entertainment, politics, life in general, etc.?

Friday, October 16, 2020

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

God is King! Jesus Christ is His Son. The marriage “Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). Are you willing to go?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

And today, people do not still understand the parables, but it is how people approach them that causes the problem. Parables have symbolic meanings, and yet people try to build doctrines, like going to Heaven and Hell right away based on the rich man and Lazarus, for instance. People miss the fact that Jesus was predicting an event to happen, such as Lazarus being raised, of whom the rich were condemning him to hell. And a lot of that parable parallels the raising of Lazarus, if studied carefully, for someone did raise up from the dead, despite claiming to have the writings of Moses. It was not to teach immediate life after death. So, are you blind when it comes to parables, or do you let the scriptures reveal their hidden meanings?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Today, it is the opposite. Those that are preaching the real words of Jesus are easily taken out of the way by telling the multitudes that they are cult followers, teaching salvation by works, and much more. There is no fear these days from the multitudes because “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3) using his agents in every denomination. So, are you believing these agents, or blocking out the multitudes to get to the truth?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Matthew 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

That is good perception, but how many perceive that these words still ring true today? Could you even be guilty while thinking it does not matter since you are saved anyways?

Monday, October 12, 2020

Matthew 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Which are you? Having a broken life that Jesus can piece together for His glory, or being stubborn staying in your own ways that is nothing more than powder?

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Israel is no longer God’s favored nation. The nation bringing forth converted souls (fruits) is called the Gentile nation. So, are your hopes for the second coming based upon the nation of Israel today, or upon yourself being part of the nation bringing forth the fruits?

Friday, October 09, 2020

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

We cast away that corner stone, Jesus, by claiming to be saved by Him but excusing away the obedience to Him. So, do you cast the cornerstone away, or do you fall upon it seeking mercy and grace along with empowerment of a new and holy life?

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Matthew 21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out [his] vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

Jesus later confirms that this would be the case by saying, “Therefore say I unto you”, which He was addressing the Jews at the time, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you”, referring to Israel, “and given to a nation”, referring to the Gentiles, “bringing forth the fruits thereof”, which are converted souls (Matthew 21:43). Now, in our case, personally, if we continue to reject God’s Word and not seek to share the gospel, He will bypass us and move onto others who are willing to accept His Word and share it. So, will God bypass you, or do you take God’s Word seriously and are actively sharing it?

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Matthew 21:40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

If you are discrediting the Bible, what do you think Jesus is going to do to you when He returns?

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Matthew 21:39 And they caught him, and cast [him] out of the vineyard, and slew [him].

And that is exactly what they did to Jesus back then, and we continue to slay Him today by excusing away things like, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11), and other calls to obedience and ceasing from sin. So, do you kill Jesus’ words, or do you live by them?

Monday, October 05, 2020

Matthew 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

And today, many ministers do the same thing spiritually. They ignore all of the verses that command obedience, doing anything, keeping the commandments, following His Words, etc. and claim the inheritance by stating that grace alone is all that is necessary for salvation when it is not. So, are you part of the mob living whatever life you deem is fine by your own standards, sinning here and there with easy dismissal claiming grace takes care of willful allowance, or have you followed the narrow and strict path of obedience while being saved by grace?

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Matthew 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Do you reverence Jesus Christ? That includes obeying Him wholly.

Friday, October 02, 2020

Matthew 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

Again, God’s servants are his prophets, even His ministers rightly trained, for “God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:28). By rejecting truth brought to us through them, we end up killing the messengers spiritually. So, how faithful are you in receiving God’s truth through His appointed servants?

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Matthew 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

God’s servants are his prophets. How we can do the same thing today is by rejecting the writings of His prophets, excuse away their words, and even tell others to not read these things using whatever story line we want to say. So, are you a faithful husbandman who accepts God’s written Word from the prophets, or are you just as unfaithful as the ones in the parable preventing even others from taking to heart God’s Word?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Matthew 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

Now that we have finished gathering all of the pieces to the parable, we see here that God sent prophets to the people of the church to see where the new souls are at (fruit). So, are you active in soul winning?

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

PART 5 (Final): God the Father has a church and hedged it with is protective law known as the Ten Commandments. The tower is a watchtower and spiritually used, it is to look over the spiritual condition of the church, weeding out sins (not sinners hopefully). The winepress is our trials used to purify us. His church has been lent out to husbandmen because “God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:28). And God being in a far country is Heaven. So, if your involved with the church in a leadership role, are you executing the office faithfully, or do you wear it as a badge of honor instead?

Monday, September 28, 2020

Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

PART 4: God the Father has a church and hedged with is protective law known as the Ten Commandments. The tower is a watchtower and spiritually used, it is to look over the spiritual condition of the church, weeding out sins (not sinners hopefully). Now, the winepress is the trials that the fruit or people go through being part of the church, for “the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7). Therefore, “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12). So, how are you doing on enduring trials in your life?

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

PART 3: So far, God the Father has a church and hedged with is protective law known as the Ten Commandments. A tower, as in a watchtower (Isaiah 21:8), is used to keep an eye on things. Today, the approaching evil of sin is no longer alarming because no one is using the watchtower. This is why the church is powerless today. It converts no one. It is a social club. So, do you belong to a social club, or do you actually belong to God’s true church, “which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15)?

Friday, September 25, 2020

Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

PART 2: Now, today we reveal that the householder is God the Father because later in the parable, He sends His Son. Continuing on, we are given a hedge round about, a type of protection (Job 1:10). More specifically, the hedge can be broken down (Psalms 80:12), therefore, there is something that we can break. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). God’s protection is in the form of His commandments. In fact, “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, is God’s protective hedge of commandments around you or have you torn the hedge down by dismissing the commandments?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Matthew 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

PART 1: We are told “the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel” (Isaiah 5:7). That represents today’s people of God called “spiritual” Israel as literal Israel ceased being God’s favored nation because Jesus said, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43). And this happened in 34AD at the stoning of Stephen (end of Acts 7 and beginning of Acts 8). We, considered the Gentile Nation, have brought many souls or fruit into the kingdom, more so than as recorded in the Old Testament by literal Israel. Now, have you been involved in bringing in fruit for the Kingdom of God in this generation?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Matthew 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen [it], repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Some people are just so stubborn. They just do not want to be proven wrong, in error, or mistaken. When it comes to salvation, who really cares about our reputation here on earth because it will not matter in the day of judgment. So, are you meek and humble admitting to be ignorant when in error or stubborn and strong willed towards being right even when wrong?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Matthew 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of [his] father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Even if we have not yet gone and done the work of the church, which is to win souls, something not just left to ministers or special appointed people nor are we to leave people in ignorance, we can cease the neglect and get about our Father’s business, the commission spoken by Jesus: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20). So, are you working for Him now or will you start working for Him if not already?

Monday, September 21, 2020

Matthew 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I [go], sir: and went not.

So many that chose to be a Christian do so without knowing the work before them. They are excited to become a Christian but do nothing to further the gospel. Have you been deceived into Christian laziness or have you seen through this lulling to sleep?

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Matthew 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

Many people make excuses to not work in the vineyard, in the church: too afraid, do not want to be accused of earning salvation, just want to let people believe what they want to believe, etc. Eventually some change their minds and share the gospel. Have you repented and gone sharing the gospel?

Friday, September 18, 2020

Matthew 21:28 But what think ye? A [certain] man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

Some see this parable as an arbitrary chore that the two sons are asked to perform when in reality, the vineyard is God’s church “For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel” (Isaiah 5:7). Therefore, Jesus asks each of us even today to work in His church. So, are you working or are you not involved?

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Matthew 21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Many Christians do the same thing today, pretending it is beyond their comprehension. Someone shows another the clear teaching on subjects from the Bible and people make excuses, “We’ll, I’ll have to check that out” and they never do. “Well, that’s different from what our church teaches”, and does that really matter? “Well, that’s your version of the Bible”, and again, they fail to check it out in their own version. “Well, that’s your opinion”, when it really is not. “Well, who really knows the truth on the matter” when the truth was just revealed. “Well, ….” Do you have an excuse for not changing to the new enlightenment?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Matthew 21:25-26 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

Which do you believe? Was John the Baptist a prophet? And do you believe His words? “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Matthew 21:24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Jesus was quick in thought. How many of us would be able to put a question to a question with authority? Something we ought to consider because the days before us are going to be just as challenging.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

The same could be asked of us in sharing the gospel. So, do you answer with “because Jesus told me to do so (Matthew 28:18-20)”?

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Of course, this is qualified by the statement, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Asking for a million dollars is not going to be answered. So, when you seek God in prayer, what do you ask for?

Friday, September 11, 2020

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

The mountain refers to the mountain of sins (Hosea 10:8) for if it were a literal mountain, just how much life would be destroyed by Christians casting mountains at will into the sea? God also says, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). So, do you have faith that the mountain of sins in your life can be cast into the sea and not be part of you anymore?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Matthew 21:20 And when the disciples saw [it], they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

Do you marvel as well when Jesus works in your life especially taking away sinful desires?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

Figs grow first on a fig tree and then the leaves. To display the leaves is to have a false advertisement of figs being ready. Like any human that professes to be a Christian yet bears no fruit, has no change of character, is falsifying who they claim to be, and like the fig tree being cursed, so shall we who continue in our old lifestyle. So, are you fruit bearing or just pretending to be a Christian?

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Matthew 21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

Although Jesus was hungry physically, in the morning, what should we hunger for spiritually? “Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). And Hebrews 5:13 declares “the word of righteousness”. So, how hungry are you to get into the Word of God in the morning?

Monday, September 07, 2020

Matthew 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

Do you have a safe haven to lodge? Is your home a little Heaven on earth?

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

Young children seem to understand the truths of God’s Word more than adults. Jesus further said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). It seems that pride in not wanting to admit being in error in regards to beliefs gets in the way. So, are you humble like a child or arrogant in your beliefs?

Friday, September 04, 2020

Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,

Be careful today not to lift up church leaders and denominations as the final word. They simply seek their place. Very few put the truth before ramifications of position, influence upon beliefs, and other manually created differences. Do not treat a minister to be the interpreter of the Bible for anyone. The Bible is its own interpreter as per Isaiah 28:9-10 and is able to be understood by everyone given time. So, on whose authority do you hold to your beliefs?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Matthew 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

Jesus is our healer still today. He serves in the heavenly temple (Hebrews 4:14). And we can come to the temple in prayer at any time. Just remember, it may take more than one offering of prayer for we are to persist in praying until we get an answer. Also, do remember though that Paul never received a healing for his ailment, but God will always heal us of our sinning. So, will you go to Him in the temple?

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Our body house should be holy and used properly buy some put in junk food, view sinful content, listen to sinful media, push the body beyond intention for worldly gain, etc. So, is your body house a house of prayer or den of thieves?

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

And when Jesus enters our body temple, what does He do there? Is he uprooting our way of life as well, all the while not being happy with Jesus, or has the cleansing already happened and now dwells the Holy Spirit in us?

Monday, August 31, 2020

Matthew 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Although Jesus was a prophet, He was more than that. He is the Son of God (Revelation 2:18). So, do you recognize Jesus to be more than a human being, or do you recognize Jesus as being like any other religious leader that starts his own religion?

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Matthew 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

This is a very good question. Many people have many opinions of Who Jesus is. Most are without sound, scriptural content but are mere impressions. So, Who is Jesus to you?

Friday, August 28, 2020

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

And in time, we come very much after the time Jesus walked the earth, but have we kept or lost the cry, “Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Matthew 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed [them] in the way.

We do not have to prepare for the second coming in a physical manner as they did in at the first coming, but we do have to prepare in a spiritual manner. Layoff the old garments of sin. Cut away all old sinful connections and become grafted into the Vine. So, how is your preparation going?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Matthew 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set [him] thereon.

Symbolically, the disciples removed their filthy garments for the sake of Christ, representative of Zechariah 3:3-5, which says, “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.” So, are you willing to cease from all of your iniquity for Christ’s sake?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Matthew 21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,

Do you do as Jesus commands, or do you find an excuse not to?

Monday, August 24, 2020

Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

And when Jesus comes again, “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). So, do you accept your King today more than lip service, that they did back in the day of the first coming?

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Matthew 21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,

Prophecy shall be fulfilled. Ignoring the Beast, Image, and the Mark will not make it go away. So, will you “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)?

Friday, August 21, 2020

Matthew 21:3 And if any [man] say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

And Jesus gives us many words to speak in different situations, ultimately, aggression ought to be met with simply turning the cheek. So, have you studied out how to address others, or do you just do what is acceptable in society?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Matthew 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose [them], and bring [them] unto me.

Today, Jesus knows the future as well. In fact, much of the future events have been revealed in God’s Word. They are called prophecies. Do you study them?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Matthew 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,

Jerusalem is “the city of God”. Bethphage means "house of unripe figs". The Mount of Olives is where we find Jesus praying in the gospels. We are told that “[there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Therefore, for the saints to enter into the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12), we must be turned from our unripened state into a fruitful state (John 15:2). This is done only through the prayers of Jesus Christ. So, do you pray to Christ to be made fruitful?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion [on them], and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

What does spiritual opening eyes cause? Following, obeying, doing what Christ tells us. And if someone thinks that this might be a stretch of the verse, listen to Jesus: “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). This clearly shows the word “follow” as a spiritual application means to obey. In fact, regarding obeying, here is an important question: “For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?” So, do you follow, which is to obey, the gospel of Jesus Christ, or do you just claim grace and do what you please?

Monday, August 17, 2020

Matthew 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

And to be spiritually blind is even worse than being physically blind. Many are blind by simply taking their pastors at their word, believing whatever they feel like believing, and especially, ignoring the Bible. So, are you guilty of being spiritually blind, or do you search God’s Word to obey His way instead of your own?

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Matthew 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?

If Jesus asked you that question, what would you say? Would overcoming sin be on top of that list?

Friday, August 14, 2020

Matthew 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, [thou] Son of David.

Do you resist the multitude of friends, family, and others to get closer to Jesus? Even risking being called names, like, “Jesus freak”?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Matthew 20:29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

Beyond the obvious statement that they simply left a city, we take it further, and encourage everyone to depart from city life, as God permits, and if you have not already done so. Most crimes are in the city. Cities have greater sinfulness and debauchery. Cities also have the greater pressure upon the citizens. People choose cities to riot in as well. Quarantines happen faster in cities too. So, have you considered a more rural or even country life?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Matthew 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, [thou] Son of David.

When we are spiritually blind, we ought to be crying unto God for mercy as well, especially where sin has been involved. And “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). So, have you admitted your blindness and come to Jesus through confession seeking to be able to see clearly His Word?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

And “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). So, are you willing to minister and give your life for others?

Monday, August 10, 2020

Matthew 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

While the world uses force, how are you doing at being a servant for Jesus Christ, the Master?

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Matthew 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

So, striving to be in the highest position, is that in you, or are you satisfied, with the position you have, be it on the job, in the church, at home, etc.?

Friday, August 07, 2020

Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them [unto him], and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

Unbelievers seek control, much like out of control politicians. A good politician allows their citizens to make mistakes in freedom. And the Christian religion is not to be a forceful one either. If a person does not want to believe as we do, there is no need to harass. We are to discuss when people are open. Confrontation wins no one. So, do you seek to push even the teachings of Jesus upon others, or do you seek ways to invite people into the teachings?

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Matthew 20:24 And when the ten heard [it], they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

Jealousy over sin is not good. On top of that, Satan will use any means to separate the brethren, and jealousy and back biting is a big one. “I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). So, do you get jealous over other people sinning? And do you allow Satan to use means, outside of doctrines, to cause division?

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Matthew 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but [it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father.

We may go through difficulties and trials, but that does not mean we get to have what we ask for. So, do you offer to God all of the things you do for Him in a manner that implies you ought to get what you prayed for, or do you see answered prayer being separate from all that we do for God?

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

Focusing upon “Ye know not what ye ask” happens many times. How many people pray, “Oh Lord, please give me this job I just interviewed for” only to find out that a year or two later the company goes bankrupt? “Oh Lord, I know my job is walkable but I really want a car” only to not realize that the walking is what keeps the person healthy, and if they would have a vehicle and not walk as they do, they would be dead in a few years. We do not know what we ask for some times. So, in your prayers, do you seek God’s purpose in your life or your own?

Monday, August 03, 2020

Matthew 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

Sometimes requests to God are not properly made. Any selfishness in them and the prayer will not be answered. Is there any selfishness in your prayers?

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping [him], and desiring a certain thing of him.

It is one thing to want the best for one’s children and another to work against the Lord for the ability to brag. So, what motives do you have?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Matthew 20:19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify [him]: and the third day he shall rise again.

Although we referred to this yesterday, we just want to take a moment and see how history is being repeated in today’s world. Christianity has been delivered to the Gentiles, the unbelievers. They mock Christianity. Fake Christians claim to be saved yet do not live a Christian life. Christianity is a target to be ridiculed, especially in the media and entertainment. Believers are made fun of, called names, and silenced. But do know that though this has been going on for nearly 2,000 years since the cross (31 AD), the third millennium will be different. It will begin with “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Keep in mind “that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Jesus is coming soon. We are not saying He is coming in 2031 for “ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” but the signs tell us “When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors” (Matthew 24:32-33). “Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6). So, are you part of the persecuted living a Christian life or the mocking by pretending to be a Christian?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Matthew 20:18-19 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify [him]: and the third day he shall rise again.

Just as Jesus laid out the details of prophecy as revealed in Daniel 9 and elsewhere, God’s team knows what is about to unfold in prophecy as well in our day. They know who the Beast is, who the Image is, and what the Mark of the Beast is. They even know what the Seal of God is and how to survive the last days. Do you know these things? If not, ask. If so, teach. Time is running out. The Beast is here while the Image is forming and will bring on the Mark very, very soon.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Matthew 20:17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

Jesus may have many Christians, but there is a smaller group with special instruction knowing what is coming. Today’s special group has a specific message outlined in Revelation 14:6-12. Do you understand those messages? If so, are you teaching them to others? If not, are you studying them to see their meanings?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

And yet, the vast majority of Christians think they are going to Heaven. Jesus once again declares that only a few will be chosen. So, are you choosing rightly or selfishly?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Matthew 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

And what do you think of those that do good in the character of Christ? Many call such people names. Are you able to withstand those names?

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Matthew 20:14 Take [that] thine [is], and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

That should be true in all that God provides to us, but definitely let us be satisfied in getting the same reward of eternal life as everyone else no matter how long they have been a Christian or even how short. So, how satisfied are you with anything?

Friday, July 24, 2020

Matthew 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

When we signed up to be a Christian, only eternal life was ever promised to us. Now that others who do not labor as long as us get eternal life too, are you dissatisfied?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Matthew 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought [but] one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

And the answer is yes for “if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die” (Ezekiel 18:21). So, is God’s way acceptable to you? Of course, if it is not, it probably means you will not be there.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Matthew 20:11 And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,

The Goodman, Jesus, is who they would murmur against if they were allowed into Heaven. This is not a literal scenario as those that “are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts” (Jude 1:16) will not enter into the kingdom because “all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:16-17). So, how much thought do you give contemplating what you think is fairness when it comes to God’s kingdom? I hope none and that you just leave it in God’s hands.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Matthew 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

Unlike some faiths, there are no different levels of eternal life. We all get the same access and amount. Just what more would anyone want than to meet God face to face, walk the streets of gold, live in a mansion prepared by Jesus, build one’s own cottage estate and garden, and be like the angels with all pain, suffering, and consequences removed. Will you be satisfied with the same reward as those that barely lived a Christian life at the end, or are you expecting more?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Matthew 20:9 And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

No matter when people come into the gospel message, the reward is the same, but are you surprised that God will give the reward on the same level as lifelong Christians?

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Matthew 20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

It is when this world ends that the reward of eternal life is handed out and not beforehand, so, do you believe people actually go to Heaven and Hell now despite their being a future resurrection for everyone (John 5:29)?

Friday, July 17, 2020

Matthew 20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive.

Are you waiting to be sent by your church, or do you realize that God has already sent you to work for souls?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Matthew 20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

These are the eleventh-hour workers. These represent those that have been in the faith a short time. These can also represent the very last days when the Mark of the Beast is enforced. This may be us as these things are so near. Now, are you willing to be put to work or continue to work with a “last days” thrusting effort?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Matthew 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

The time involved is not just a day, though it is not using the day for a year principle either (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6). It simply spans all of history. Therefore, no matter when a person becomes a Christian, Jesus expects a person to go to work in sharing the gospel. So, are you actively sharing the gospel?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Matthew 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

When God puts you to work, do you go?

Monday, July 13, 2020

Matthew 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

Jesus is always looking for gospel workers. Are you one of them?

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Matthew 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

That work that Jesus sent these people to do is that which Matthew 11:29-30 tells us, which says, “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. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.” Living a life of sin is hard, but laboring to save souls is light. When we accept salvation, it is not a sitting back and relaxing on a beach relationship. So, will you labor faithfully for Christ?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Our apologies. We never finished part 3, the final part of Matthew 19:28. Yes, humans will be set in judgment seats. “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (1 Corinthians 6:2). This is reaffirmed in Revelation 20:4, which says, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them.” Combine this with “he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly” (Romans 2:28) and that there “is no difference between the Jew and the Greek” (Romans 10:12) along with the fact that the holy city in Heaven “had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 21:12), the twelve tribes of Israel are not confined to literal Jews. All of us will be considered a spiritual Jew. And what we, the saved, shall do is judge or review what God has determined of who is saved and who is lost for no doubt can ever exist in eternity. So, are you convinced that judgment is only for literal Jews but all Christians are just automatically saved, or do you see the spiritual intended application of the reference to the twelve tribes?

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

The vineyard is God’s church “For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts [is] the house of Israel” (Isaiah 5:7). Therefore, the householder is God. The morning is the early church. That means that God calls people into His church to be sent as workers sharing the gospel. Are you one of His workers?

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Matthew 19:30 But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first.

Salvation is not a race. Towards one another, we are to be “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). So, what is your attitude towards others?

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

To forsake does not mean necessarily doing without, as many cannot escape certain relationships. Jesus is not calling people to run away from home, divorce their spouse, or even walk away from their responsibilities. What He is asking for is that none of these things hold enough interest to hold us back from a full surrender to God. So, are any of those items holding your spiritual relationship back?

Monday, July 06, 2020

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

In part 2, “the regeneration” refers to “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). This earth is not going to continue as is. We are not going to transform into a new age. We are not going to even be here for a period of time. Between the time of the current earth and the new earth, Jeremiah sees, “I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light” (Jeremiah 4:23). Jesus is not setting up a kingdom for a thousand years when He returns. After that, do we all die? The Bible teaches eternity is next so, why rule a thousand years followed by eternity or even throw a little battle with Satan in there? He said, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). In other words, Jesus is coming to pick us up and take us to those mansions. And in part 3, we are going to see what else we shall be doing once we get there. But, are you of the thought that life is just going to eventually get better? Are you of the thought that Jesus rules on earth for a thousand years on earth? Or do you see a period of time in Heaven leaving the earth void and without form?

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

We are going to break this up into multiple parts. First, Jesus said, “That ye which have followed me”. Jesus also defines what it means to “follow” for He said, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). So, are you a follower of Christ or yourself?

Friday, July 03, 2020

Matthew 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

What a selfish question, or is it? Peter, and others, did indeed give up all but when looked upon the application incorrectly, it may be taken as deserving or earning Heaven. That is not the case. Forsaking all is the fruit of being saved. Every godly deed, including obeying the commandments, is a fruit of salvation and not a means to earn it. So, do you reject works entirely? Do you think there is some value to the saving process to do godly deeds? Or do you simply do godly deeds because you are in a saving relationship with Jesus?

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Taking a line out of context from the Bible is dangerous. The scriptures clearly teach that God blesses His people above all other people. His people simply seek for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, winning a soccer match, scoring high on a school exam, etc. are not the things that God had in mind with this verse. Even in the context of the verses in the chapter shows that overcoming sin, selfishness, and greed are things that were meant. So, how much overcoming is God making possible in your life?

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Matthew 19:25 When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

And so many conclude that no one can be saved no matter what they do, and so they carelessly sin claiming “saved by grace” while “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5) willing to be given to everyone that wants to live a godly life. So, have you come to the same sinful conclusion, or do you accept God’s “divine power” that He “hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3)?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Very few rich men will be in the kingdom even to the comparison of a near impossibility, which is referring to a loaded down camel trying to pass through a doorway known as the eye of the needle. This is not referring to a sewing instrument. In any case, it does ask the question, what holds your focus most? Is it the things the world has to offer or that of what God has to offer?

Monday, June 29, 2020

Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

He did not say a rich man cannot enter into the kingdom, but to be rich, a lot of people have their focus on gain. They spend hours upon hours of how to invest, how to work, how to manage, etc. They have very little time for God. Oh, they may show up in church and give plenty of money, but God is almost forgotten throughout the week. So, how much is God in your life?

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Matthew 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

What possessions are holding you back from a full surrender?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.

And elsewhere, Jesus commands, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Also remember, the poor does not simply mean those physically poor. People can be spiritually poor and need the Word of God brought to them, which costs money also. Now, we might not be called at this moment to do the same, but if Jesus were to ask, would you sell all to further the gospel?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Matthew 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Going through the motions of keeping the Ten Commandments instead doing it as Jesus says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), are two different things. So, do you even keep the commandments or live in disobedience fooling yourself that you have salvation? If you do, do you keep the commandments because it is expected (a form of working at it), or do you keep them motivated by the love of God (fruit of a saving relationship)?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

This is confirmation that Jesus indeed is talking about the Ten Commandments. Some argue that the Sabbath is not in the list, so that commandment is not reaffirmed to be kept. Nonsense! Because that means we also can have other gods, worship idols, and take God’s name in vain as they are not in the list either. What lousy logic people have when it comes to trying to remove the Ten Commandments when they are still binding. But do you have lousy logic, or do you submit to all Ten Commandments?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Matthew 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

There is no doubt that the Ten Commandments are what Jesus taught to be kept. No, Jesus did not run through the whole list, but neither does James when he referred to them (James 2:10-12), nor even Paul (Romans 7:7). So, do you keep the Ten Commandments because of your desire to “do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22), or have you been duped into casting away the Ten Commandments?

Monday, June 22, 2020

Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

This is the answer to the question from yesterday. The prior verse said, “what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” The answer is to keep the commandments. Jesus even says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). When it comes to the commandments, there are three groups. One group dismisses obedience to the commandments claiming grace and faith and then attacking commandment keepers as people trying to earn their way to Heaven. Such people will be lost. Then there is the group that thinks if they keep the commandments good enough that they get the reward of Heaven, and they will be lost too because Heaven cannot be earned. Then there is the group that accepts God’s grace, His forgiveness, and then through the gift of the “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) believe that Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24) into sin understanding the goal is “that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1), which is only during an “oops” moment and not a way of life. These are the ones Jesus was addressing. So, which group are you part of? The ones that understand the balance between faith and works, or the ones that got it all wrong?

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

This is not for the Jew. This is not for the individual asking the question. Eternal life has always been the same for everyone. What Jesus is about to answer applies to us today. So, are you ready for the answer?

Friday, June 19, 2020

Matthew 19:15 And he laid [his] hands on them, and departed thence.

Jesus has a blessing for everyone. Are you open to receiving it? It takes a submissive heart to receive it (Romans 10:3).

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Let the little children know as much about God as possible. Heaven is for them as well. So, how much do you share with children about God’s kingdom?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put [his] hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Typical adults not thinking the gospel is for children as well. Do you believe the gospel should be taught to children before the age of 12?

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Matthew 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].

That is not physical because women would not be part of the kingdom of Heaven then. James sheds light on this by showing how we can have spiritual relations with writing, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). To be a spiritual eunuch, cut off the entertainment of the world, the songs of the world, the worldly conversations like gossip and even sports, the excitement of places like amusement parks and theaters, the food and drink, the selfish attention all together, etc. So, how much of a eunuch are you?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Matthew 19:11 But he said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given.

Most people cannot handle the hard truth about the Bible. They love the grace, the forgiveness, and promise of eternal life, but they just cannot figure out where obedience comes in at. We do not work our way to Heaven yet those in disobedience does not go to Heaven. Such people cannot receive the truth. Despite Paul telling us “God Forbid” about not keeping the commandments, most Christians still replace the commandments with grace or faith. They are not mutually exclusive. So, how hard is the Bible received by you?

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Matthew 19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.

Paul did write, “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I” (1 Corinthians 7:8), where he encouraged people to be wholly about the gospel, however, “Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled” (Hebrews 13:4). So, how honorable do you hold marriage, even if you are not married?

Friday, June 12, 2020

Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Everyone that ever married a person that got divorced because of something outside of cheating is committing adultery. Everyone that married the guilty party of a sexual nature also is committing adultery. There is a lot of adultery going on then in the world. No wonder Jesus said that in the last days people would be “marrying and giving in marriage”, not referring to first time couples but regular practice by those already married. So, if you are not married, will you be careful and make sure it is according to God’s way? For those in the situation, divorce is not the answer, but sincere repentance is.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Matthew 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Moses, in Deuteronomy 24:1-4, was trying to lead the people on into complete obedience one step at a time, therefore, this was a temporary measure. Before this measure, divorce was easy. If a husband had a bad day and the cooking was burnt, he could just tell the wife to get out. But putting in the “bill of divorcement”, that made it a bit more challenging, especially since writing material was not readily available. Some people cannot go from using foul language to having no anger whatsoever. It is a step process: first the Lord’s name is no longer a curse word, the four letter words are next, euphemisms (soft version of the four letter words) are removed, and then even the common words used in anger are removed (like “Oh sugar”), until anger is actually completely controlled. So, how hard is your heart? How many steps does it take to achieve perfection in any sinful category of the old life converting to a new one?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Matthew 19:7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

Just like most sinners, they want to justify themselves to continue in sin by pointing to some historical allowance. It is like saying that adultery is fine because David committed adultery and is saved. He would not be saved if he did not repent, but he did repent. In this case, it appears that these people are pointing to a different time and place for the allowance but now in Jesus’ day, they exploited that allowance. So, when sin is identified in your life, do you look for some permission or person who “appears godly” but does it too to justify your allowance to continue in sin?

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

The one flesh is not symbolic language for intercourse. It is supportive language that each would look after the welfare of the other. They would do that which would normally benefit themselves but now do so towards the other person. They are more than a team, and everything should be done to keep this union together. Nothing should be done to cause even the slightest dismantling. That includes joking around between the couple or even outside of the marriage that simply attacks marriage in any form. Marriage is no joke despite what is shown on sitcoms. In fact, a godly couple will not even watch such sitcoms that make lite of marriage. One spouse will not put the other one down, not even in jest. The world is full of attacks on marriage; there ought to be safety found between the couple. So, what do you do to uplift and encourage a married couple, or do you joke about it instead being on Satan’s side in undermining marriage?

Monday, June 08, 2020

Matthew 19:4-5 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made [them] at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Clearly Jesus taught that marriage was to be between one male and one female. Jesus does not have to say the word “only” or clarify it further because unlike humans, God says what He means and means what He says. So, do you accept God’s order of things or society’s acceptance of a different relationship?

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Just as many church leaders who just play church, they will try to trip up someone that is trying to call the church to back obeying the standards of God. When we witness this happening, we ought to be second guessing the leadership and not be condemning the individual standing up for God’s standards. So, are you a defender of the faith? A leader trying to trip up a defender? Or just an observer? If an observer, are you rooting for the right side?

Friday, June 05, 2020

Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Today, great multitudes claim to follow Jesus as well, but not all are truly following as Jesus defined what a true follower is: “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). There is not a whole lot of denying selfish acts happening in Christianity. In fact, people claim that such is “works oriented” and dismiss it. They must have forgotten that James penned “shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). So, are you just part of the multitude or a true follower?

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Matthew 19:1 And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

Galilee means “circuit”. Judaea means "he shall be praised". Jordan means "the descender". As we know, Jesus descended to us in the form of a baby (Ephesians 4:10), completed the circuit or visits (tours), departed from earth (Ephesians 4:10), and is praised for saving us from our sins (Matthew 1:21), providing salvation to all that believe (Acts 15:11), shown through works of obedience (James 2:18). So, have you accepted Jesus’ true gospel message, or are you still living in sin?

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Therefore, just because we confess our sins and think they are gone, if we turn around and are not as forgiving towards others, all of those sins are relayed upon us. Again, we pray or are taught to pray, “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4), which means, if we do not forgive, neither are we forgiven. So, will you or do you forgive others that sin against you?

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

A realistic look at paying for that huge debt is that the tormentors is representative of the fires of hell, however, those that go to hell are actually devoured by the flames (Revelation 20:9). So, how does that equate? It means that a person shall burn equivalent to the just punishment of time and then be devoured. The smaller amount of sins equals a quicker burning. The larger amount of sins, like Satan, shall burn a long, long time. Even regarding Satan, we know he shall not be in hell for eternity: “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee” (Ezekiel 28:18). So, are you doing everything to avoid the torments of hell, or are you indifferent?

Monday, June 01, 2020

Matthew 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

And the principle being stated is, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12), keeping in mind that debts are sins. So, do you have compassion upon others that have wronged you as you expect God to treat you?

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Matthew 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

And that is because towards God, “whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). What we do with God’s response to our prayer determines if we are wicked or holy. In this case, evidently, he was wicked. So, do you misuse God’s blessing, or do you used them responsibly?

Friday, May 29, 2020

Matthew 18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

Praying to God for a change in character, as long as gossip is not involved, is acceptable by God. So, do you take matters that you witness in other people to God or to other human beings that cannot help the situation?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Matthew 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

This never made sense to me, how can a person pay their debt waiting in prison? Even so, other people can make our life very challenging when even attempting to put forth an honest effort. The question though is how do we respond. Do you throw a fit, or accept the consequences looking how to work under the new oppressiveness?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Matthew 18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

Appealing to God is actually easy; He keeps His Word. A fellow servant, even a fellow human being usually is influenced by self-preservation, and therefore, not a reliable resource. So, how much do you rely and trust other humans?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Matthew 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

This is a small amount of sinning but the first person being forgiven of a huge amount is now exaggerating this smaller situation. Some people just have a superiority complex. It makes them feel so much bigger when treating others that they know will be humble through it and not challenge the offense. So, which are you? The humble person, the person that stands up to every challenge not counting the consequences, or the bully?

Monday, May 25, 2020

Matthew 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

That is because no matter how much sin has been in our lives, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, have you confessed all of your sins?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

Yes, God is long-suffering or patient, but there is no way we can ever pay back a single sin let alone a huge amount. So, do you try the patience of God continuing in sin, or do you try to make up for your sins? Stop. Simply, “confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Friday, May 22, 2020

Matthew 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

Being the man of the house is not like the world’s version. The man of the house is responsible for wife and children’s salvation. Therefore, if the man of the house is abdicating his role, the family will be lost as well. This is not a sexist thing. The world elevates the male to bragging status to rule over the wife and children being “king of the castle” as they say. The Bible version makes the male humble and willing to do whatever it takes to support the family and the spirituality in the home. Success is not his, in fact, he does not strive for the VP position. He strives to make the ends meet using the funds unselfishly for the family and God. It is not career oriented as the world makes it out to be. Therefore, since this man was such a debtor (sinner), more than likely his family was lost as well, hence why the order came down on all of them. So, if you are the head of a family, and that includes single moms with children or even households where the husband is not spiritual, are you living up to the God given role of the spiritual leadership? If you are the female in a marital relationship, do you have the mind of women’s liberation trying to take the world’s title striving for a career and possibly neglecting the children by throwing them into daycare and public school, or are you supportive of your husband in his leading the household to Christ and participating in that plan for the children’s sake as well?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Matthew 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

This is representative of much sinning. With God, He is still approachable because “he is able also to save them to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25). So, do you fear coming to Jesus because you have sinned too much, or do you accept that He is still approachable?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Matthew 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

The king is God and we are His servants. The word account includes the meaning of responsibility, carrying out duty, and simply obeying the King. So, when the King checks on you, are you doing what He has assigned to you, like keeping the commandments and sharing the gospel?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Now, yesterday we noted that Jesus is not into counting and then when a certain count plus one is reached, we have permission not to forgive anymore. This verse looks like the opposite of what was declared, but it is not. Please notice that Jesus did not say, “Seventy times seven times”. He simply said, “Seventy times seven”. That is because Jesus was referring to the prophecy in Daniel 9:24, which says, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” With seven days in a week, that is seventy times seven or four-hundred and ninety days, only God is speaking symbolically, where “each day for a year” (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6) comes out to four-hundred and ninety years. Jesus was mocking Peter. “Peter, seven times is quite inefficient. I have been forgiving these people of their transgressions and sins and iniquity nearly four-hundred and ninety years.” That is well more than a single person’s lifespan, therefore, indirectly, Jesus was saying that we ought to forgive one another their entire life. So, how often do you forgive others?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Seven, being God’s favorite number, at least that is what Peter was thinking, sounded like a lot, but God is not into counting a handful and some times. In fact, God is not about counting times. It is the spirit in which we relate to our brother or sister. Anyone counting the offenses is actually holding a grudge and hoping to get to that number plus one so they can be justified in their actions of cutting the person off. So, do you grudgingly forgive, or do you really forgive?

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

To be assembled in Jesus name is to “to walk even as he walked” (1 John 2:6) for “we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever” (Micah 4:5). So, do you walk, live, do those things approved of Jesus identified through the scriptures, or do you just do your own thing claiming to be a Christian?

Friday, May 15, 2020

Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Do not be looking for someone who agrees that you should have a million dollars and pray for it. The statements are always in the context of seeking and saving souls including our own. If you want victory over a habit, then get a prayer partner. If you want a million dollars, then become converted. So, what are you asking for?

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

But do not think for a moment that we get to make up the rules. What we bind and what we loosen are based upon the standards God has set in place, which is the word of God. Therefore, to tell someone that they need to stop a certain sin, if they choose to give it up, they will be loosened, but if they do not, they will be bound. So, do you see this verse as allowing human beings to make up the rules or hold people to God’s standard?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

So, the third step is to take it to the church after personal approach and team approach have failed. Too many times offenses go right to the church and not handled in the proper manner. Also, this is about serious offenses, basically, sin. Unfortunately, though, sin really is not dealt with in the church. Cover up is usually practiced along with ignoring. This is why our churches are so wild today. So, how do you deal with sinful offenses with another member?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Again, this is when one party offends another and not regarding public offenses. Now, the one or two others to bring is not to be a type of ganging up. Those two or three witnesses are not just to be in one’s own pocket. In other words, we do not interview witnesses ahead of time to see if we can find two or three to agree with us, and take them to the other party and say, “See, all of us agree that you’re wrong.” So, for those that try to practice these steps, do you do so in a proper spirit or just to win?

Monday, May 11, 2020

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

This principle is between two individuals. This is not to be used in disagreeing with preachers preaching error or with those that are in open sin before many. In fact, this could even be a principle for mostly private sinning. For instance, if the two are together and one starts using foul language, tell them that it is sinful for a Christian to use such. If he now realizes that it is sinful to use the language (1 Peter 1:15) and stops, the brother (or sister) is now back in saving graces. If not, then we shall move onto the next step tomorrow. This is not about Christians going up to strangers and telling them their sins for this is what is meant as “brother”. It is instruction between two Christians. So, when you are witness to obvious sin by another Christian, do you tell that person, or are you going to let them die in their sin?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

How concerned are you regarding the spiritual welfare of children?

Friday, May 08, 2020

Matthew 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that [sheep], than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Now, just because a person goes into sinning and is brought back to the fold ought not make those that did not go astray feel any less important. So many Christians look at these people that go out and enjoy sinning in one form or another and then come back to the church as “lucky”. True repentance, which is beyond the physical realm of things, is to be sickened over their own past. They are not to sit there and think, “Oh, I remember enjoying that in my sinful pleasures.” They are not the lucky ones. They now must fight a stronger temptation that will constantly pull them to want to enjoy it again. Those that sleep around and wake up and repent have an awful time keeping the thoughts of that enjoyment out of the mind when trigger words come up in innocent conversations, when a person they see is not careful with avoiding the sexualization of themselves, seeing the companies that sexualize everything, and much more. Now, Heaven does truly rejoice for the person that can put up the fight and be an overcomer. Be thankful that you may not have enjoyed such a life. So, are you jealous when people make a fuss over others being pulled out of sin? Are you in sin and feel that others will not accept you? Jesus is very much accepting of everyone and then begins the process of making them overcomers.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Matthew 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

God is looking for those that have wondered away from Him. He even got involved in a planet went astray and chose Satan instead of Him and died in the process. Heaven has given its all. How much have you given? And have you left Jesus find you personally?

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

And 1 John 2:6 says, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Therefore, we ought to be spending our energy to seek and save the lost as well. So, what are you doing in this effort for the lost?

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Here, we see a very strong argument for having a guardian angel. That means our angels are also observing everything we do. So, is your guardian angel embarrassed by the things you do, especially in private?

Monday, May 04, 2020

Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Please do not literally pluck out your eye. Eyes are symbolic of what a person looks at. So, looking at porn, at crime, at murder, at rape, at a lot of TV, are you willing to be entertained by such sin and be cast into hell, or are you closing your eyes to all of these things?

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Matthew 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast [them] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

Please do not literally cut off a body part. Feet represents walking towards evil (Isaiah 59:7) while the hand is doing evil (Ecclesiastes 9:10). So, have you ceased from running towards evil and doing evil, or would you like to head to the fires of hell?

Friday, May 01, 2020

Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Just because a person becomes a Christian does not mean our life is made easier. If anything, it is harder. It is as if a target is placed on us. But, if we let our guard down and see what everyone else is doing and participate in it as well, Heaven holds us more accountable. So, have you disadvantaged yourself in the world by being honest, truthful, obedient to God, or are you also seeing what you can get away with because society allows it or accepts it?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Offend is very much inclusive of leading into sin. A pedophile is a big and most obvious example, but a not so obvious one is simply not teaching a child right from wrong. It does not mean the child will obey, but laxed parents are going to have to give an account for the lack of discipline in the home. So, how directly or indirectly are you involved in the relationship between a child and Jesus? Are you interfering or helping?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Matthew 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

A child is not too young for the gospel. A baby, a toddler, is different, though they need to be taught the ways of God and not be excused for their cuteness in their misbehaving. But as for educating, we are not to wait until they are a teenager to begin for the sake of letting them choose. How can a child choose when they are older if there is no exposure? So, do you lead children to Christ, or do you dismiss them because they are too young?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). Now, society says, “You’re not humble if you declare yourself humble” as if it is a trick question to be asked, “Are you humble.” Humble is teachable as compared to those that will defend their position no matter the evidence. So, are you humble?

Monday, April 27, 2020

Matthew 18:2-3 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Now, this did not mean for us to crawl around on our hands and knees nor speak baby talk, as some Christians have done, but rather a child is teachable, despite them not wanting to listen at times. When we become an adult, we become set in our ways and think we are fine just as we are. So, how is your attitude towards the gospel?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

That is not a converted person’s question. Competition is not ordained of God, yet this world is full of competition. Sure, there is competition for a position, bidding on a project, but sports trumps all of that encouraging everything to be a competition. There is natural and unnatural. We are not to participate in the unnatural. Competing with one’s self for improvement is one thing, but carrying it into society is completely different. So, just how competitive are you?

Friday, April 24, 2020

Matthew 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

In addition to teaching Peter a lesson by going through this experience with the fish, take note how Jesus approached the situation. He did not defend His exemption from having to pay, but chose the way to His disadvantage instead of creating an offensive incident. Jesus was in the right not to have to pay, but He gave up that right. So, how many rights do you get worked up over between you and others, between you and the government?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Matthew 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

Of all people, Jesus, the Messiah was connected with the temple. If the priests and other people of the temple were exempt from paying temple tribute, how much more should Jesus be exempt. In fact, the temple is all about Jesus. Now, we see the rebuke from Jesus to Peter because Peter showed the rejection of Jesus as part of the temple. Peter spoke hastily, without thinking. Now, how much thought goes into what we say and even do? Do you think things through first?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Matthew 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

Once again, Peter spoke hastily not realizing the ramifications. How many times do you speak or act hastily not considering the ramifications?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute [money] came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

The reason Jesus did not pay tribute is because it was a made-up rule by the Jewish leadership. Jesus came to strip the false teachings away, just as we are commissioned by Jesus to do the same in our day (Matthew 28:19-20). So, are you accepting of all the false teachings, or are you living up to your commission?

Monday, April 20, 2020

Matthew 17:23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

And if a plot were against us, which is predicted in Revelation 13, we ought to have the attitude of “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). So, how concerned are you about your own body as compared to making sure doing all that pleases God, even if it draws death threats?

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Matthew 17:22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

And today, Jesus is betrayed as well. It is done with not only the atheist but even worse with spiritual leaders misrepresenting the gospel. Jesus did not die and rise so we can just be forgiven; He also led a holy life in which we are “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). We are to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). But with everyone being taught that Christians are just saved, Jesus is misrepresented. So, is Jesus properly understood in your life or has be been betrayed allowing sin to be practiced in your life?

Friday, April 17, 2020

Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

So, there is a seriousness in dealing with the devil. Many Christians who sin will say, “But I prayed!” There is prayer and then there is praying. “Lord, I’m being tempted. Help me not to sin, please.” If that is all the praying we do throughout the day, no wonder so many think we will sin until the end. We ought to be praying serious prayers with God three times a day at least like Daniel and David. Periodically, throughout the day, we need to be lifting up various prayers to stay in relationship with God. And then there is the fasting, in which is inclusive of the fact that “I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection” (1 Corinthians 9:27). In other words, if we give into cravings, tugs here and there, and are not disciplined, we are failing at the fasting part. Serious temptations require serious prayer and ridding one’s life of everything that leads to sinning, even if it itself is not sinful. So, how is your fasting and praying life?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Hosea 10:8 and elsewhere tell us that the mountain in the way is that of sin. And as many Christians today also practice unbelief, they do not believe they can rid that mountain before them. They think it is impossible to overcome sin. They forget, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So, do you exercise unbelief when it comes to ridding yourself of sin, or do you have more faith than the average Christian and believe that God shall “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19)?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Matthew 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

It is not about “we” or “us”. It is all about God. So, where is your focus when dealing with issues, especially those pertaining to the devil involvement?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Matthew 17:18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

We are to have the ability to rebuke the devil as well, especially from ourselves. And do not be fooled, any sin committed means the devil is still active in us. Now, we of ourselves do not posses the power. We are to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). If we try resisting while excusing one known sin in our lives, we shall not be able to resist or rebuke the devil. So, have you submitted yourself to all the ways of God, or are you making excuses to retain this sin or that sin?

Monday, April 13, 2020

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

And as Jesus was addressing His own disciples in a rebuking manner, the same can be said of Christians today. How many are faithless and perverse? Almost all. Anyone who does not have faith that all perverseness, sin, can be overcome is faithless and living in perversion. The gospel is perverted permitting grace to do away with God’s law because they believe Satan’s lie that no one can keep the commandments. If that is so, why did God, Who knows the future and all things, ever write them out then? So, are you faithless and perverse, or to you have so much more faith that you believe you can keep the commandments in God’s strength?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Matthew 17:16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Just because we are Christian does not mean we automatically are blessed. If we are not consecrated wholly, we shall fall. So, have you surrendered all of your sins?

Friday, April 10, 2020

Matthew 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

And as a parent, we are to lead our children to Jesus as well. Many parents worry about providing food, clothing, and shelter but neglect the spiritual aspect. What are people going to think when their children are lost? It will be too late then. So, how important is Jesus in your children’s lives, if you have influence over children?

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Matthew 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a [certain] man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

So, out of the crowd, one pressed to the front to make a plea. Out of all of the Christians, we ought to be most earnest as well to pray to God. There ought to be no routine words, no formality, but rather, unlike so many, it should be from the heart. So, how much do you press towards God in prayer?

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Matthew 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

As a reminder, the disciples just confirmed that Jesus told them that John the Baptist was Elijah, not in a literal sense. Malachi’s prophecy does not use the word “spiritual” but in hearing the words of Jesus, that is exactly how it ought to be applied. By using multiple scriptures, the Bible is understood in a proper manner. So, do you have a scripture to apply Elijah literally and are still adamant that literal Elijah and even Moses is coming, or do you believe that the spirit of Elijah will be awakened in the last day saints giving the last day messages according to Revelation 14:6-12?

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Matthew 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

Elias or Elijah came in the form of John the Baptist. Therefore, the last day Elijah will also come in a spiritual form. The sad thing though is that the last day Elijah will also suffer. So, do you appreciate the straight forward messages of Elijah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, or do you like the sappy love version of Jesus?

Monday, April 06, 2020

Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

Restoring all things does not that everything shall actually be restored as hardly anyone desires those things but that the teachings shall be brought to light that used to be buried. In fact, Isaiah brings this out specifically: “And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]” (Isaiah 58:12-14). Up until the 1600s, hardly anyone heard about the true Sabbath day until Seventh-day Baptists started keeping the day holy. It had been buried by the falsehood that Sunday is the Christian sabbath. It is not. Today, the subject is agitated much by other groups, including the world wide church of Seventh-day Adventists, to where people are either annoyed by the subject or embrace it. Which are you?

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?

As we see, there is confusion by the statement that Elijah must first come, much like today. Some people take a verse out of Revelation claiming that both Elijah and Moses will come back, even though Revelation 11 mentions no names. But Malachi stated only Elijah (Malachi 4:5) anyways. Further, Jesus declared John the Baptist to be a type of Elijah (Matthew 11:13-14). Therefore, the future Elijah is not literal either. So, are you hyped up thinking that Elijah is really going to leave the peaceful realms of Heaven to suffer death here along with Moses, or do you see Jesus applying it as spiritual comparison?

Friday, April 03, 2020

Matthew 17:9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

And now we may also continue telling others that Jesus is coming again in glory along with the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. By the way, those that think we go to Heaven or Hell right after death, think upon this for a moment. If Jesus made it a big deal about rising from the dead, that means rising from the dead in any form is a big deal. People do not do that on a regular basis, and it is even in the context that Jesus did not go anywhere after His death. He did not rise until after the Sabbath was past. The dead sleep in the grave unconsciously (Ecclesiastes 9:5). So, who have you told that of the very few people that have risen from the dead (Moses and Jesus while Enoch and Elijah were just taken alive), that Jesus is alive and well and is in Heaven on our behalf (Hebrews 9:11) but will be coming in glory back here (Revelation 1:7) to raise the dead in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16) and take the living righteous (1 Thessalonians 4:17) to Heaven?

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Matthew 17:8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

And that is Who we ought to keep our eyes upon as well. So many people pray to dead people as if God needs help from the dead. Is God that inferior in your mind, or do you pray to God only?

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Matthew 17:7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

And we ought not be afraid of God no matter how sinful we may have been “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. 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). So, is there a sin you are struggling with keeping you from approaching God, or do you beg of God for help to stop sinning?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Matthew 17:6 And when the disciples heard [it], they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Falling on one’s face is a form of worship (Joshua 5:14). And “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). So, do you worship God according to His way or your own way?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

And that is the message for us today as well. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). So, do Jesus’ words go into your ears and prompt following it, or do you excuse His words away?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Matthew 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Peter confirms the real visibility and recognition of all three people. That means, after the second coming, which this is a demonstration of, when we are all together, we will be recognizable to one another. We will not be some ball of light floating around. We will not be lacking individuality. We shall know one another. So, are your thoughts of the after life some spirit entity or a real person glorified?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Moses represents those who will die and then be resurrected while Elias or Elijah represents those who will not die but just be translated. These are the two groups we want to be in. We may not have a choice of which group, but we do have a choice to be saved. Are you choosing life eternal every day (1 Corinthians 15:31) or selfishness?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

And with that brightness at the second coming, which this was a sample of, “then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Keep in mind that “the wicked that forsake thy law” (Psalms 119:53). Only those clothed in the robes of Christ’s righteousness shall stand. So, are clothed in His righteousness obedient to His law, or are you living without the obedience and will be destroyed?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

These seemed to be Jesus’ top three disciples as we see them often mentioned together. These may have been more receptive to the gospel as compared to the others. If that is the case, the same may be with us as well. Many call themselves Christian but their only connection to Christianity is that they do believe God exists. There is no prayer life, no church going, no tithe paying, no anything else. Then there are those go through the motions and may actually give God a little prayer time each day, which is usually an “I want” list, may attend church, and may even drop a few bucks into the collection plate. Jumping to the end, there are those that give God at least an hour a day in prayer and study, are involved in sharing the gospel, are very generous with their funds towards God’s purposes, etc. It is they who would be the closest to Jesus. So, how close are you?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Matthew 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

That is because Jesus gave some of them a preview of the second coming. As for us, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). This is what the last generation will experience. Life will not continue as is. So, are you looking forward to being translated on that day, or are you hoping to just continue on as is?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Works reveals who we really are. We are either disobedient or obedient according to the writings of Paul. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Works does not earn the gift of salvation; it reveals the acceptance of the gift. Therefore, all who are carelessly breaking God’s commandments but thinking they are saved will actually be lost. That is so sad. So, are you obedient to God or disobedient by breaking His law?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So, what would you give to survive a few extra days, weeks, months, or even years but lose eternal life?

Friday, March 20, 2020

Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

If we worry about how to survive in this world, even under a crisis, we shall lose eternal life, and probably also fail at saving our own lives anyways. But if we give ourselves to be an instrument in God’s hands, seek after spiritual matters, and we happen to die in this world prematurely, eternal life is ours. So, are you trying to preserve your mere 60, 70, 80, possibly 90 years or a little more in life here and now, or are you looking to make sure you have the longer life, eternal life?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

And that is true today. Many, many Christians are not His disciples. And not being a disciple means that they are fake. Discipleship starts with denying ourselves everything that is worldly (1 John 2:15-16). Then, we are to face temptations, which is our personal crosses. A temptation is not a temptation if there is not something at stake, therefore, the notion we cannot be lost is wrong, hence why so many Christians do not resist temptations nor are even told to resist because they have been promised a lie. And then on top of those two steps, we are to follow Jesus. We follow Jesus through His doctrines (2 John 1:9). If we do not obey the doctrines of Christ, we are fake Christians. So, are you a fake or are you a disciple?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

And that is what every human religious leader has done. They seek for the betterment of the organization instead of what God wants. They seek higher positions instead of being humble. Many take on lavish lifestyles. Even ourselves, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And during a crisis, people seek how to survive physically instead of looking for ways to share the gospel. So, have you repented of your ways and are seeking the things of God?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

So, if Peter was to be the one the church was to be built upon, which he is not, we see he erred but just a few moments after Jesus declared that upon Himself, the church would be built, proving that Jesus never intended to place that much authority upon a human. Peter is standing up attempting to interfere with Bible prophecy. How many are casting away today the future prophecies of world domination through the pestilences, natural disasters, and much more as the Bible said would happen (Matthew 24:7)? Are you one of them thinking that life will just continue on for a while or indefinitely, or are you seeing, though physically unpleasant, the prophecies being fulfilled?

Monday, March 16, 2020

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

The tail end of fulfilling prophecy takes some serious teaching. The same is true even today. Jesus is about to return. I do not have the space to provide unmistakable evidence, but I can state this: Right before Jesus shows up symbolically represented in Revelation 14:14, there are specific worldwide messages that need to be heard as outlined in Revelation 14:6-12. So, how serious are you taking these teachings? Do you even know about them?

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Matthew 16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

So, Jesus did do things in secret. The reason is that He knew what reaction would occur among the uniformed. The same is true with Bible study. People cannot jump to the Mark of the Beast without knowing who the antichrist beast is nor who Jesus Christ really is. The reaction will always be wrong. So, do you just blurt out religious material not be concerned about how it will be received?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Here is the “thee” part. These keys are not given to just Peter. The keys are given to everyone. We are not permitted to make up the rules as we go along. The Bible, being its own interpreter, states what the keys are: “key of knowledge” (Luke 11:52). “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little” (Isaiah 28:9-10). The bottom line is that the keys spoken of is the Word of God. It binds people going to hell as they continue sinning, and it loosens people from going to hell as they repent and submit to it. The “keys” are plural as we bestow knowledge to other people. Individually, it is one key hence the contrast between Luke and Matthew. So, are you using the keys properly? Or have you bestowed the keys upon an organization that changes the rules as they change leadership?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Please notice that Jesus did not say, “Thou are Peter and upon thee, I will build my church.” Jesus contrasted the two. Peter is away from Christ using “thou” and of Himself, He uses “this”. Besides, later on we are told in Matthew 21:42 that Jesus is the “stone”, 1 Corinthians 10:4 that Jesus is the “Rock”, and in Ephesians 2:20, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone].” The church was never built upon a mortal. Even “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38) was built upon Christ as it is today. We are to come to Christ and not to a human being. So, who do you come to?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Not only is the answer attributed to God the Father being the Author, but so are the writings of Peter. In fact, the same is true about all of the writers in the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is not a creation by human beings. Human being penned what they were inspired from God to write. So, do you accept the Words in the Bible as from God, or do you think the writers of the Bible are no different than any book writer?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Is that who you believe Jesus is or just a mere mortal? If mortal, then we are not saved. Only the Son of God saves.

Monday, March 09, 2020

Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

That is a good question. Who do you say Jesus is?

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Matthew 16:14 And they said, Some [say that thou art] John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

So, some believed in reincarnation or that people can be brought from the grave whenever. John the Baptist is quite questionable as both Jesus and John lived at the same time. So, when you are asked who Jesus was, do you think of a mere mortal or greater than such?

Friday, March 06, 2020

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

Jesus knew what they thought. He was using the opportunity to contrast the world’s view with reality much like today. We are told that the vast majority would not believe that Jesus came in the “flesh”, in fact, this would be promoted by “antichrist” (2 John 1:7). Sure, there are people that believe Jesus was a spirit but that is not what the Bible teaches regarding the word “flesh” in this context. “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). That means that Jesus used no extra power that we do not have to overcome. We can “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). We do not have to sin. Therefore, everyone that does not believe in the “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) to “keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24) has been deceived. Jesus will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). So, do you “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24), which strait means restricted from participating in sin, or are you following the other path, as “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction” (Matthew 7:13)?

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Matthew 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade [them] not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

And now it is revealed that bread, which is the Word (Matthew 4:4), includes doctrine. In fact, “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). So, do you have Jesus’ doctrine or the doctrines that conflict with the teachings of Jesus?

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Matthew 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it] not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

But do you understand that we ought to be aware of the leaven of today’s preachers too?

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Matthew 16:9-10 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

Many people are like this. A person can be convinced from the Bible solidly on a subject and weeks later they are off believing some nonsense in the opposite direction. Upon bringing to mind the texts they are ignoring, they then recall the Bible position, and start following it again for just a little while until they forget the obvious. Take for instance the Sabbath. Jesus kept it; no teaching changes it; the apostles kept it; and Paul kept a bunch of them in pagan towns. Even the Catholic Church declares that the Bible teaches observation of the seventh day of the week being still required. The Catholic Church states this because they brag about changing it to Sunday. Therefore, to obey the Bible, keep the seventh day Sabbath. To follow the Catholic Church, keep Sunday. But what will happen is someone will quote Colossians 2:16, which says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days].” Those quoting it are blind to the fact that every item in the list is part of the feast days and have nothing to do with the Ten Commandments. In addition, several feasts are known as sabbath days (Leviticus 23:24, 32, 39). These were in addition to the weekly Sabbath. But weak minded Christians hang onto that verse not realizing they are breaking the commandments every week, and the Bible clearly states, “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). Just remember, no one can fool God. We cannot hang out hope on a verse that appears to give allowance when God has spoken. So, are you that forgetful using an obscure verse against over 140 other verse establishing the weekly Sabbath day, both in the New and Old Testaments, or do you understand the spiritual matter at hand?

Monday, March 02, 2020

Matthew 16:8 [Which] when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

Even Jesus thought it was beneath the disciples to have focused upon the physical. Many Christians today have not learned the lesson. They have an eye on the physical nation of Israel. God forsook them at the stoning of Stephen and even allowing the prophecy of Daniel to make it desolate in 70 AD. It is spiritual now (Romans 2:28-29). Just because there is a physical nation once again, it is not of God. And a whole bunch of theology is based upon the physical nation of Israel missing the true application as well as becoming unprepared for what really is happening. So, are you spiritually minded or physically persuaded?

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Matthew 16:7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, [It is] because we have taken no bread.

Many times we jump to the wrong conclusions. We do not give the situation as much thought as we ought. For instance, when Jesus said, “what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged” (Matthew 7:2), people conclude that no one should judge another, yet they forget that Jesus also said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), which is judging. And many more misunderstandings could be cited. There is no wonder why Christianity has over 42,000 different denominations with many simply misunderstanding scriptures. So, are you quick to jump to conclusions without all of the evidence, or are you “swift to hear, slow to speak” (James 1:19)?

Friday, February 28, 2020

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

For those that think pointing out errors in preachers or other church leaders is not Christlike, then they would be criticizing Christ. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not teach right doctrine, and today, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). This is serious! Listening to the wrong preacher or even our own misinterpretation of scripture could cost us our eternal life. So, do you just listen to any preacher or simply believe your own impressions, or do you search for the doctrines of Christ in His Word (2 Timothy 3:16)?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Matthew 16:5 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.

Forgetfulness is not a good trait. We are told to “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not” (Proverbs 4:5). Forgetting where a person parked, where the keys are, etc. is a different story. So, do you have godly wisdom and understanding, or are you forgetful?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

Do you look for signs and wonders to believe, or do you accept the existence of God just based upon His Word?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Matthew 16:2-3 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, [It will be] fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, [It will be] foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O [ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not [discern] the signs of the times?

Can you discern the signs of the times? The Bible predicts that there would be one unifying theme at the end of time involving the religious antichrist power and her daughters or denominations (Revelation 17:5), the kings or national leaders (Revelation 17:2), and even the merchants or business leaders (Revelation 18:3). Never in history has there been such a unifying effort as there is under Climate Change. So, are you caught up forecasting weather and expecting more of the same tomorrow, or do you discern the signs before your eyes?

Monday, February 24, 2020

Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

Just how many preachers of the day accepted Jesus? Very few. Then why are so many Christians just flocking to whatever preacher they have feelings for? Though we are “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25), we ought to hold the preachers to a standard. So, do you use God’s Word as your standard to see if a preacher is preaching correctly, or do you just go to a preacher that makes you feel comfortable?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Matthew 15:39 And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

Jesus is not looking for multitudes to follow Him. He is looking for those that are consecrated, obedient, law abiding. Are you a true follower or just one of the multitude?

Friday, February 21, 2020

Matthew 15:38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

This was no small miracle. Science cannot provide another option except exaggeration or outright lying, both of which is easily dismissed as the disciples taught, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). So, do you believe in miracles, or do you believe the lies?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Matthew 15:37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets full.

And we too can be spiritually filled if we “taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him” (Psalms 34:8). So, do you regularly taste of God’s Word, or do you feed on spiritual junk food?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Matthew 15:36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake [them], and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Any disciple today is able to go to the multitudes with the bread or Word of God. In fact, we are responsible to take “the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6). So, are you covering your area with the gospel?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Matthew 15:35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

Jesus commanded; they obeyed. Jesus also commands, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you keep the Ten Commandments?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Matthew 15:34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.

It is interesting that the number seven for the bread is stressed but not the number of fish. If there were truly a few fish, it would have been easy to say four or five. Many more is not a few. The point is that seven is important to God. Connected with the Word of God, which is spiritual bread, the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). And the Bible says about His Spirit, it is represented as “the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:5). So, when it comes to the Word of God, “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Therefore, do you receive God’s spiritual bread by the Holy Spirit, or do you not have that spiritual guidance and cannot see what the Word of God really means?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Matthew 15:33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?

As usual, just like today, people discredit miracles. They look only at the physical. So, do you only look at the physical, or do you believe that God can make miracles happen?

Friday, February 14, 2020

Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples [unto him], and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

Unlike the pagan gods, our God is compassionate. We must realize that compassion does not equate to allowance. He still hates sin, and He wants to remove it from us. But, “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 4:16). So, are you scared of God, or do you understand that He is approachable with “feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15)?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Matthew 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Do you “glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Corinthians 6:20)?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Matthew 15:30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them [those that were] lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:

And what do you need to come to Jesus for healing about? He is willing to heal of all sorts of things, including healing from the tendency to sinning.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Matthew 15:29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.

Frequently, we see Jesus going up into a mountain, usually to pray. God is upward. Sin is downward. In which way are you spiritually traveling?

Monday, February 10, 2020

Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great [is] thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Many get discouraged with simple things in life that do not cooperate. This woman’s faith was unshaken no matter how embarrassing, rejected, etc. the situation. So, how is strong, how great is your faith?

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

Basically, the Jews were to feed the Gentiles but failed. The Jews had the gospel, but they wore it as a badge instead of sharing it, hence why Jesus said, “Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?” (Luke 13:7) referring to, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43). So, are you bringing in any fruit to the true gospel?

Friday, February 07, 2020

Matthew 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] to dogs.

This was not to be an insult to the woman, though it may appear that way. Jesus was addressing the beliefs of the Jews. Too many thought that God was all about Israel in the Old Testament, and many even think today that the Jews are still God’s favored people. The bread, or Word of God, was actually to be shared with all other nations, instead, they horded it and kept it to themselves coming across as a privileged people. This in no wise matches the character of Christ, which was to be emulated before and after the Messiah walked the earth. In fact, some denominations feel just as privileged today, and if you are not a member of their church, you are lost no matter what type of person you may be. All of us will be judged with what light we have, although it is true that God has only one truth, and we are better off being part of it instead of elsewhere or on our own where not so much light is revealed. So, what do you do with the knowledge that God has given to you? Treat others like dogs or have compassion on others and share it?

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Now, “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23), therefore, if you are being challenged in thinking your prayers requesting help are not being answered, maybe something is lacking. The Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13) and “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). So, are you missing truth, giving up sin, obeying righteousness, and readying to be judged?

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The only reason Jesus was obligated do work within Israel, though He did go beyond the borders a few times, is because of the prophecy in Daniel. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy” (Daniel 9:24). The time had not completely expired. In fact, directly speaking because of trying to keep it short, the 70 weeks is actually a 490-year prophecy based upon 7 days in a week multiplied by 70 weeks and applying God’s day for a year principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6). In fact, Jesus confirmed this by saying to Peter, “Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). Jesus was forgiving the nation 70 times 7, though He did not say years. They would not be able to handle that understanding so Jesus merely left the qualifier off. Anyways, Jesus died for everyone; not just for Israel is the point as He did have mercy upon this Gentile woman. Now, have you accepted the saving gospel message though you are probably outside of Israel physically?

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Matthew 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

God does the same with us. People are placed in our paths to see what we will do, not for His sake, but to reveal the hearts of humans to those who are observing, like the angels. So, what is your reaction to people that are not like we are, whatever that may look like? Do you wish them to be gone, just ignore them, or do you try to connect with them for the gospel sake?

Monday, February 03, 2020

Matthew 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, [thou] Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

All of us should approach Jesus with the words, “Have mercy on me”, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and it is by His mercy that we get to still live, and better yet, have opportunity of eternal life. So, do you properly recognize the mercy of God, or do you take it for granted?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Matthew 15:20 These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

And here is the bottom line to all those that think Jesus allows eating anything a person wants. Jesus was not making pigs, shellfish, and all the other unclean animals editable. The Jews did not eat that stuff anyways so that in no wise was even a topic of conversation. What Jesus was doing was addressing some manmade rule about washing the clean creatures in a certain way along with the furniture and one’s hands. It was a ceremonial process. Failure to do so and do it correctly resulted in the declaration that the item is now considered defiling a person, so said the Pharisees. Nonsense! Jesus declared. So, do you think you are at liberty to eat unclean foods that are considered an abomination in God’s Word, or do you see that Jesus was only addressing ceremonial washing?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Evil thoughts are not limited to those items. For instance, thinking a person can eat anything they want despite the Bible forbidding it, that would be an evil thought. Eating the pork chops is not the issue. Thinking you can eat them without God’s condemnation is where the issue is at. So, what do you do to your body excusing it as being permissible when the basis is the thought and thinking wrong thoughts is the problem? Do you feed the mind bad music, inappropriate viewing content, eating forbidden foods, drinking condemned drinks, etc. because it does not matter what goes forgetting that to choose this way of life is an evil thought? Or are you “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

That is because we are to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). We are to have no selfishness within. All selfishness is to be eradicated by the grace of God. So, what proceeds from you heart?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Matthew 15:17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Again, be very careful if you think we can eat and drink anything we want. Will arsenic defile you? Not only will it defile, it will kill. Notice how Jesus begins the statement: “Do not ye yet understand?” There are three understandings. There is that we can eat anything we want, which is wrong, as already proven. The other, is that there is not only a restriction declared by God, but there is a spiritual ritual that makes much more to be unclean if not done properly. And that is wrong too. The third understanding is that the decision made beforehand to partake of the item that caused a person to put it into their mouth is where a person is already condemned for doing it. Following through with the decision is insignificant; the deed has already been committed to. So, how much understanding do you have on this matter?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

Some times the lack of understanding is the inability to unlearn the error. There are so many winds of doctrine floating around that people choose what they like and stick with even to the point of dismissing scriptures in part or as a whole. Therefore, they are truly without understanding. We must be submissive to what God’s Word states when studied properly despite preconceived ideas. So, are you with or without understanding?

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Matthew 15:15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

In the right spirit, the right approach to God’s Word, Jesus can make all of it understandable. But do you approach the Bible with your beliefs looking for supporting texts, or do you gather all of the texts to see what the Bible states?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

We cannot be going around arguing the truth with everyone that starts up an argument with us. Let them alone. They are blind. Search for the one that is curious. Search for the one that is open. And then study with them. So, are you choosy of how you spend your God given time, or do you just argue your point with everyone who comes at you?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

Despite all of us being created by God, every person that is not rooted and nourished by God is considered not planted by God. If the heart is planted on doing evil, it is then planted by the devil. So, who is planting you?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

This is the bottom line. It is not the sinning as much as it is the rebellion that will cause a person’s destruction before God. Sure, sin is an issue, but rebellion in the heart is what will lead to their punishment in Hell. That is why the Bible says, “rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). These people are set in their ways because they counsel with others who encourage the rebellion and not the submission. They even use the word grace to cover their sins without forsaking them, but that particular grace is not the grace of God’s Word, which was inspired by the Holy Spirit. And then they end up compounding the situation with a multitude of sins to support their rebellion. So, are you rebellious and try to justify salvation your way, or do you submit to God and humble yourself before Him?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

Truth is truth. If people are offended by the truth, then that is on them. It does not matter who they are. The purpose of sharing the truth is to have people think about repenting and be saved. So, do you take into consideration who people are when sharing the truth?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Please do not take this to mean that we can eat anything we want or put into our mouths anything we want. We know that taking poisonous drugs will not only defile a person but kill them. There is a spiritual application going on here, especially since Jesus is speaking to the public. And the rules is, “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them” (Matthew 13:34). Further, Jesus will explain later what is going on, but eating something forbidden is not the issue. Basically, choosing to do so, which comes out of a person, is what already committed the defilement. For instance, filth on TV does not defile, but what defiles is the choice to watch it in the first place. So, what are you choosing to do that defiles thinking what goes in does not?

Monday, January 20, 2020

Matthew 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

People can hear, they can even understand, but what Jesus means by these words is for us to live what we are taught. So, do you hear, understand, and apply the Word of God to your life?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.

So, which commandments do you use? Man made or the ones written out as a copy from Heaven to Moses?

Friday, January 17, 2020

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me.

And those that claim to simply be saved are guilty of this for Jesus said regarding the heart, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Yet, those that simply claim grace and that obedience is unnecessary now will speak with their mouths, even sing with their mouths, but when discipline is spoken of, it is rejected. So, are you making the commandments of none effect while claiming to be saved?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Matthew 15:7 [Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

A hypocrite is not one who used to do a particular sin and now teaches others not to do it, but a hypocrite is one that continues in the sin while trying to tell others about giving it up. So, are you born again by giving up sin, or are you a hypocrite?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Matthew 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, [he shall be free]. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

When tradition goes against a commandment, the commandment ought to be obeyed. Therefore, tradition of killing oneself slowly through eating pork on New Year’s Day, a popular tradition but something forbidden to be eaten according to the Bible (Leviticus 11:7), needs to be set aside and a different practice implemented. The same is true for setting aside the Easter ham. So, how many traditions do you practice that break the commandments?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Matthew 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to [his] father or [his] mother, [It is] a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

Here is the human justification to break God’s commandments, but Christians do much worse today. They say that grace does away with the requirement to keep any of the commandments. That means that Jesus died solely to allow us to break His commandments. That means Satan wins. Satan is the one that is ultimately against God. He does not like the rules, and He wants God out of the way so He can be god (Isaiah 14:12-14). So, are you supporting the doing away with the commandments using a Bible reference to further the plans of Satan to create a disobedient race, or are you on God’s side and showing by His divine power that the commandments can be kept?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

Jesus did not do away with honoring our parents, which is the fifth commandment. If one commandment was reiterated by Jesus, He need not have to specifically run down each one of them to tell us that all ten are still binding. They are simply binding however, He does not force us to keep the commandments; He asks us: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, will you keep the Ten Commandments?

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

So, do you keep any tradition that breaks God’s commandments, like keeping Sunday holy or no day at all holy when God specifically tells us to keep sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, God’s seventh day, which is the Sabbath, holy?

Friday, January 10, 2020

Matthew 15:1-2 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

What we have here is a case in which the scribes and Pharisees added extra rules to God’s rules. They even referred to them as tradition. The same holds true today. Show me in the Bible where holy days are encouraged or even mandated to be kept? Christmas, Easter, and the rest of the holy days are actually converted pagan practices that were used to win the pagans to Christianity. It was a time in which most of the world was pagan. Today, it is not that way. So, why are we still practicing the pagan traditions with a Christian excuse?

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Matthew 14:36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

According to Exodus 28:33, the hem was a significant symbol worn by the high priest, recognizing that Jesus was more than a man, more than a rabbi, in fact, Paul says, “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” (Hebrews 4:15), and “by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us]” (Hebrews 9:12). So, do you accept Jesus as your High Priest?

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Matthew 14:35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;

Today, we can bring all those that are diseased with sin to God’s Word to be cured. So, how much do you care for humanity to bring someone and even many?

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Matthew 14:34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

Gennesaret means “a harp”, which is a symbol of salvation (Revelation 15:2), which brings much peace in the relationship with God. So, how is your peace?

Monday, January 06, 2020

Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Do you acknowledge Jesus to be the Son of God or just some human that was a pretty good rabbi?

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Matthew 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

Remember, we are applying this symbolically and not just as a historical fact. The wind, being all kinds of strife and tossing of doctrines around, reveals that when we submit to Jesus, He settles all arguments. Of course, today we have the Bible instead of going directly to a person on earth. But rightly understood, all arguments should be settled easily, however, it requires submitting to the ground rule of properly studying the Bible as outlined in Isaiah 28:9-10. So, are you submissive to Jesus through His Word, or do you know better yourself and all that matters is what you think?

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

With everyone around us not agreeing with us as we agree with the Bible, sometimes it gets overwhelming, but through strong faith we can be faithful to God’s Word despite “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:7). So, do you have strong faith to believe that Jesus can sustain us despite the odds of everyone else living and teaching lies?

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

With Jesus, it is always an invitation. It is not a forceful or threatening relationship. And with that, we too can walk on water, that is, spiritually speaking, not be affected by people, nations, groups, movements, etc. (water). So, have you taken Jesus on His invitation or are you still holding out?

Monday, December 30, 2019

Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

Remember, treating this literal event symbolically to apply to our lives making the Bible relevant to us instead of treating it like a dead recording, we ought to approach Jesus and ask Him to raise us above the influences of the various people, governments, supposed experts, etc. (water). So, are you swallowed up by these, or do you ask God each day to keep you from their evil influences?

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

Even in our own sinfulness, we ought not be afraid of Jesus. His goal is not to burn people in Hell keeping them out of Heaven, “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). So, will you let Jesus save you to the uttermost and not be afraid to admit you have sinned?

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Matthew 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

This is not to be confused with ghosts and hauntings. In the Bible, especially causing fear, is what is known as “evil spirits” (Acts 19:12). According to Revelation 16:14, the word “spirit” is simply another word for “devil” or “demon” -- the fallen angels. So, do you believe in ghosts or do you believe in demons? There is a difference.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

Again, if we apply symbolism to this verse so as to apply this to our lives, the sea, being water, represents “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). If we look above the opinions of people, the unbiblical rules set by nations, the masses pressuring towards conformity, we will see Jesus. So, do you choose Jesus’ way despite the opinions of the unconverted, the rules set by a nation, and even mob pressure?

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Matthew 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

And if we apply symbolism to this verse so as to apply this to our lives, the sea, being water, represents “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Winds are doctrines. And like today, we can be tossed by every wind of doctrine blowing by so many people. How much do people influence you away from the Bible truths?

Monday, December 23, 2019

Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Here, Jesus sets the example for us. Jesus went up into a mountain and prayed. Though we can pray anywhere, sin seems to transpire more in the depths. In other words, spiritually speaking, we need to lift upwards to God escaping the lower passions. Those lower passions may include not feeling like praying, not feeling like giving God much time, not wanting to do the right thing, etc. We need to climb higher and “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). So, do you consult your feelings when it comes to prayer and study time to see if you want to or not?

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Matthew 14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

The reason for the separation is not because He wanted just His disciples, but the multitude were motivated by a different purpose to continue with Jesus. They just were fed by a miracle and they were considering on making Him a physical king. They idolized Jesus for the miracle He performed and not for the message He preached. This is like the multitude of Christianity today who claim to be Christian because of Jesus’ grace to forgive and the promise of eternal life. They do not want to accept the sanctification part, the sacrificing part, the discipline part, etc. So, are you part of Jesus’ real disciples or just part of the multitude?

Friday, December 20, 2019

Matthew 14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Spiritually, God’s word can feed a plentitude. Are you one of them that are feeding upon His Word, or are the things of the world more important to you?

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

The spiritual bread from Jesus is quite filling as well, if digested properly. In fact, there can be an abundance. So, what do you feed upon? Entertainment, politics, and other worldly things, or God’s Word?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to [his] disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Notice that Jesus blessed it first, being thankful for what He had, and then acting in faith that God the Father would multiply it in His hands, He passed the bread out to His disciples first to give to the multitude. So, Jesus set the order of things. We must be a disciple of Christ first before we can share the bread, the Word with others. If we are not disciplined ourselves, we cannot share the bread properly, hence why so many preachers keep their congregations in active sin telling them that they are saved. So, are you His disciple, a disciplined Christian, or are you just a Christian living however you feel like living or think a person should live?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Matthew 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

Do you bring all you have to God in prayer even if it is not much?

Monday, December 16, 2019

Matthew 14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

The Bible says, “Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee” (Hebrews 6:14). So, do you bring forth at least your meager efforts so God can multiply them, or do you do nothing in which anything from God multiplied by zero on your part is still zero and you see nothing special in your life?

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

Here, Jesus shows the weakness in carrying out God’s word in the human only capacity. Now, do you recognize your weakness of your own efforts, even to overcome sin?

Friday, December 13, 2019

Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

Too many times we see a resolution to an issue with only one possible action. Separating people away from Jesus to satisfy hunger was not what Jesus desired. The people were being fed with that which was more important than food. Sometimes we need to step back and consider God’s solutions to issues instead of just the narrow human ways. So, what is your thought process like when facing challenges that appear to be limited in options?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Again, Jesus “careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7), so do you go to Him?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Matthew 14:13 When Jesus heard [of it], he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard [thereof], they followed him on foot out of the cities.

God is not an unfeeling being like statues and idols. He is not unfeeling like the made-up gods of rock, stone, and wood, or even those of people’s minds. He cares for us and about all of our dilemmas. We are told, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). So, do you?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Matthew 14:12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

Christianity is serious. It is not all fun and games like those churches portray to the world having given into the worldly entertainment. Regarding the final martyrs, Jesus will eventually “judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth” (Revelation 6:10). Are you willing to be a martyr for Jesus?

Monday, December 09, 2019

Matthew 14:11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought [it] to her mother.

According to Revelation, spiritually speaking, antichrist is described as “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). That means antichrist has children, primarily, daughters. And they are do her bidding today. Literally, we have antichrist who “think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25), and her daughters simply teaching the law has been done away with. So, do you believe those lies, or do you “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)?

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Matthew 14:10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

Many a martyr did not have the backbone prior to face their persecution, but during it, to be able to give glory to God in their dying moments, Heaven definitely opens up to empower the faithful to endure. However, many Christians do not even consider dying for their faith, which is the poison of “once saved, always saved”. If one cannot be lost because of purposeful acts, does it really matter to lose one’s life or look weird in being a Christian? The fact is, “once saved, always saved” or any form of belief that allows people to carelessly sin at will is a satanic lie. So, on the lesser things in life, like peer pressure, do you overcome the temptation, or do you give into the pressure?

Friday, December 06, 2019

Matthew 14:9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded [it] to be given [her].

And no one stopped him. That means, everyone in the banquet hall were also guilty of murder. Even today, people are guilty of many things even though they did not carry out the sinful deed. To know of a rapist and not turn them in, to cover for a thief, and to even view sin that another does and do nothing about it, are all examples of being guilty by association. So, do you stand idly by while sin is perpetrated, or do you do your best to prevent it?

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Matthew 14:8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.

Much of the politics, including elections, are all for show. Even the hearings that Congress holds are nothing more than a TV miniseries playing out. Much of it has already be instructed beforehand, especially when distraction has opportunity to deceive the masses. The real running of the government is what happens behind the public faces and dramas. So, are you surprised by the various scandals that politicians put on, or are you keeping an eye on the movements behind the scenes?

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Matthew 14:7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

Careless promises, like such made by Herod, is a warning to all those that do not first gather the facts or put on the proper restrictions. In no case are we to ever carry out a sinful promise. No obligation can be kept and still honor God. God would rather us break a promise than to disobey Him. So, how many promises do you keep, especially in the guise of tradition, that God is not well pleased with?

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Matthew 14:6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Many a soul shall be lost seeking after the pleasures of this world. So, what pleasures attract you from God (if any)?

Monday, December 02, 2019

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

John’s death was initially stayed because the government, Herod, was more interested in the opinions of people than carrying out the plans. The same will happen at the end of time, except this time, the opinions will be to do away with God’s faithful. “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake” (Matthew 24:9). So, are you willing to die for Jesus or compromise?

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Matthew 14:4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

John spoke boldly against the government despite the consequences. It was the truth, but too many times people hold back on it for their own personal gain: retain employment, have a person like them, just to get along with someone, etc. Not John. And we ought to be more like John for even “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). So, are you afraid to speak the truth keeping consequences in mind, or are you faithful with telling it?

Friday, November 29, 2019

Matthew 14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put [him] in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

Herod represents the government. John, of course, represents the faithful. Herodias, a woman, typically represents a religious body, not always in favor with God. Because of an illicit relationship between church and state, the government came down upon John. The same shall be true in the last days. Revelation 13:11-17 reveals that the last world influencer, the United States, will be active in joining church and state together, which, in this administration, has come the closest to doing so despite the constitution. This illicit relationship will lead to “cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, will you be a faithful John, or will you encourage the government to do away with the faithful that do not go along with the laws that contradict God’s way?

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Matthew 14:2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

This shows the ignorance of Herod and the superstition. John the Baptist had baptized Jesus, so Jesus could not be John the Baptist risen as Jesus was already existing beforehand. Further, people just do not rise from the dead. It is not a regular activity, which means, other forms of the same belief, like immediate Heaven or Hell, is based upon the same superstition. How superstitious are you?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Matthew 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus.

Jesus is famous. What do you know of Jesus? Opinions or what is revealed in God’s Word?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

And for those that ask, “Where are the miracles today?” The same is the answer because if we believed, we would act a whole lot differently. It is not enough to say, “Yep, God exists!” That is not belief but acknowledgement. We are to be Christ’s disciples, which is to be disciplined, which is to live in obedience, otherwise, we do not have any respect for God, which means that we truly do not believe. So, how is your belief? Are there miracles in your life?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Matthew 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Even converted souls are not treated well in a person’s own home, even in their own town. They know who the person was like growing up; that’s the image that is stuck in their mind; and they do not believe that people can change. And if there is an acceptance of a change, it is usually in a negative manner such as calling the convert names like “crazy”, “brainwashed”, etc. So, if you are not accepted for your close walk with Jesus, you are in good company. If you are the one dishing it out, will you stop and think that in the person of the convert, Christ is actually being injured by the rejection?

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Matthew 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this [man] all these things?

Again, the doubters knew of Jesus’ step sisters. They were trying to make Jesus to be a mere human being, a simple teacher, but true Christians know Jesus to be the Son of God. Do you?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

These people did not believe that Jesus was anything but a mere human being. They did reveal one thing that many people do not realize, and that is that Jesus had brothers, even sisters. They were all from Joseph’s previous marriage though. So, do you believe Jesus to be no more than a mere human being, or do you believe Him to be the Son of God?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Matthew 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this [man] this wisdom, and [these] mighty works?

The Bible declares that Jesus worked mighty works, which we call “miracles” of which it is said that we could work them as well (1 Corinthians 12:28). As for wisdom, being an avid student of the scriptures, the Bible says, “the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15). Therefore, the teachers and preachers of the day were not students of God’s Word. They taught selectively as well as by consensus beliefs. That is being repeated today. Most preachers pick their favorite verses and present them to the people ignoring many others that would properly reveal the truth. If most of the ministers agree, then the belief is acceptable. But what says the scriptures? So, do you rely on people’s opinions, even your own, or the Bible?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Matthew 13:53 And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.

Remember, to base a belief on a parable using the stated contents of the parable as being literal is a misunderstanding of Jesus’ words. Parables are symbolic. They represent the literal through symbology. This is why Jesus used the word “likened” more than once when speaking parables. His words were not to be taken literally. Only those that are wise to understand a parable would understand the true meaning. So, how many beliefs of yours are based upon literal interpretation of parables?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Matthew 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe [which is] instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure [things] new and old.

As every householder looks over both the new and old, judgment of keeping and discarding is made. Reading labels is not used in judging but rather condition is. This is comparable to Christians that claim to be saved yet go on sinning. God is not going to judge on what people claim but how they live. So, how do you live? As sinner not stopping the sinning, or an empowered Christian living a new life (Galatians 2:20), being a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17)?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Matthew 13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.

Now, do you understand that hell is not going to burn throughout eternity but it will be an eternal act once it is completed, never to be undone? Do you understand that the angels are actually referring to the messages of Revelation 14:6-12 and not physical angels? Do you understand that the difference between those gathered for burning as opposed to going to Heaven is a demonstration of actions either sinning or not sinning and not dependent upon what people claiming “I’m saved”?

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The lost will be burned with fire, hence the name “hell fire”. Are you making sure you are not headed there?

Friday, November 15, 2019

Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

And the tool they use is Revelation 14:6-12 with specific messages. Do you understand those messages? Have you accepted them?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Isaiah 27:10 Yet the defenced city [shall be] desolate, [and] the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.

This is a description of the millennium followed by the fires of hell. Jeremiah 4:26 says, “I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger.” That is quite desolate, forsaken, and even left, like in a harsh wilderness, barren. Now, there is no defense when it comes to sin, yet we hear much about grace permitting sin in people’s lives encouraging people to not be so serious, especially about the Ten Commandments, but are you seeing through what is actually defenseless and choosing to live in obedience to God’s commandments?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Matthew 13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

It does not say saved and lost. It is good and bad. So, Christians still sinning are bad. Jesus came to strengthen us to live obedient lives. So, on which side are you on? Good or bad?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Matthew 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

And the gospel message, specifically, “the everlasting gospel” of Revelation 14:6-12 is that net. Simply by hearing it, a person is gathered. What they do with it is up to them. Now, have you heard it? If so, have you responded positively to it?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

God is not interested in your home, money, or time in the manner of giving it all. All of it is technically His. However, cherishing sins is one thing He does not own nor does He want them. That is what He wants us to give up. So, are you willing to sell all you have, which is to give up all sinning?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

And for those with understanding, to sell all that he has to buy the field is to give up every sinful practice to obtain the gift of Heaven. Too many people think Heaven is a free gift that there is no requirement to stop sinning by choice. Oh, they say that the really bad ones have to be given up, but who draws the line at what is and is not a really bad sin? God makes no such distinction. Now such people also accuse those that “require giving up sin” to be working their way to Heaven, which is a lie. Think of it this way. God is giving us free access to live with Him throughout eternity occupying space with sinless angels. The mortgage is completely paid for. All utilities are paid for. There is nothing anyone has to do to purchase it. However, to live there, there is no destructive behavior allowed. No murder, no stealing, no adultery, no foul language, no disrespecting, etc. That is what needs to be given up to be allowed to receive the free gift. This is what is meant to be “fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). But the good news is that there is another free gift. This gift empowers us to obey God’s commandments and not sin! So, have you received the gift of “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) to make you godly so you can give up all of your sins, or are you risking entrance into Heaven by continuing to sin claiming grace saves?

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

With sin and sinners eradicated, true righteousness will be known throughout eternity. Praise God! So, how much do you love God’s righteous ways right now?

Friday, November 08, 2019

Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

This is the future for those that do not adhere to the messages of Revelation 14:6-12, the messages of the angels, for the messages are the gathering messages for these days. So, are you being gathered in or are you rejecting those messages?

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

That is because even now the instruction to the messengers is to “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). Again, angels are not going to physically do this as, like any parable, represent more than the obvious, but the messages of Revelation 14:6-12 either cause people to obey God or continue in their sins. And then when Jesus shows up, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). So, are you smug to think you are saved in your iniquity, or have you chosen to obey God by “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3)?

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

During the end portion of the world, which we are in now according to Daniel 12:4, tares are being gathered as they reject the lasts day saving messages contained in Revelation 14:6-12. They will then be burned after the millennium according to Revelation 20. So, are you listening to these saving messages that expect specific responses, or are you not listening, even declaring yourself to be saved already?

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

The enemy is clear – the devil. The harvest, however, is not so clear. The “end of the world” does not mean only the second coming. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). It appears that the time of the end is a period of time in which people will begin to “run to and fro” through the Bible and “knowledge” of it “shall be increased”. That does not happen just on the day Jesus returns because such would be worthless. Now, “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). But not any gospel. Just as Jesus said, angels are involved, but not literal angels either. Revelation 14:6 says, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” And in fact, there are two more angels make three in total delivering last day messages. And if people listen to these angelic messages delivered by humans, such people are reaped into the kingdom. So, are you listening to the messages of Revelation 14:6-12, or do you think literal angels are going to just be physically grabbing people without warning?

Monday, November 04, 2019

Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];

The question is, what makes one a child of the kingdom instead of the wicked one. Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). It is sin. If we are sinning, then we are of the wicked one. So, are you consciously choosing to sin or are carelessly continuing in sin, or have you repented and ceased from sinning because you allow Christ “to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24)?

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Matthew 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

Has the Son of Man, Jesus, sown good seed in your heart?

Friday, November 01, 2019

Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

As usual, Jesus spoke in parables or symbolism (objects representing reality) to the public, but to those that sought the true intent of His Words, He expounded the deeper meaning to them. The same is true of the Bible overall. People read it and only honest truth seekers will see. So, does the Bible expound to you? Are you a surface reader and get very little out of the Bible? Do you even read the Bible, let alone, study it?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

That prophecy is in Psalms 78:2, which says, “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.” Now, with those that have understanding, their heart is right with God. Those that do not understand the parables have hearts not right with God. So, how is your heart?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

Again, parable-based doctrines, like the rich man and Lazarus, is a dangerous foundation seeing that parables are symbolic and not literal. So, what beliefs, like life immediately after death, do you have based upon parables?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Matthew 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

All of this is symbolic. The woman is a church (Jeremiah 6:2, Isaiah 51:16). Three measures of meal are three influencers, not coincidently, matching “the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Our response is what Jesus asked for: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, are you influenced by seeking after truth, convicted of sin, obeying righteousness, keeping the commandments, and be ready for the judgment?

Monday, October 28, 2019

Matthew 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

By Jesus declaring that a mustard seed is the smallest of seeds, the implication and intelligent understanding is that it is the smallest seed that a person would purposely plant. Sure, there are microscopic seeds, but in those days of planting, no one would be able to purposely use such seeds. This parable then, shows how a little bit of the Word, properly nourished, can grow up to be so influential and even trustworthy. So, are you part of this kingdom showing trustworthiness that others would find comfort and rest in?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Again, Jesus is that man and the seed is His Word, but keep in mind, God has commissioned human beings who are consecrated to Him (Matthew 28:19-20) and have the message outlined in Revelation 14:6-12 to do the teaching for Jesus is not in physical form on earth. The notion that all preachers ought to be rejected makes Satan win. Yes, there are plenty of false ones, but that is only to distract from knowing the true ones. If there were no true ones, Satan would not inspire so many false ones. No one needs to be tricked with a three-dollar bill, but the counterfeiters spend ample time counterfeiting a twenty-dollar bill because the real one exists. So, have you discredited all preachers, are careless to listen to any preacher, or do you search for the real instructors?

Friday, October 25, 2019

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

It is assumed to be physical angels, but it is not. The reapers are those carrying the message represented by three angels in Revelation 14:6-12. That message either binds people to be burned because they reject the true, everlasting gospel, or it gathers people into God’s fold, His barn. “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). So, do you obey the gospel, or do you just take the good parts while living in disobedience?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Matthew 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Feelings run deeper than principle, and so, in the process of ridding Christianity of tares, sympathy for the tares will arise causing the wheat to be lost then as well. And one wheat uprooted is one too many. The only thing that can be done is to allow the wheat to recognize on their own the tares. This does not permit tares to take church positions though. There still has to be a clear distinction between the two groups, but if a tare wants to attend church, let them. So, do you recognize the bonds between the wheat and tares, or are you carelessly allowing the tares to ruin the wheat or even trying to rid the church of the tares carelessly unsettling the wheat?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

The devil has separated Christianity in all kinds of ways. The logical solution is just to go around and remove all of the tares, however, that is not how God operates. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). He looks for the solution that leads to repentance. That does not mean we accept the ways of the tares or compromise with them, but we certainly do not run them out of the church. So, are you one that thinks you are confirmed in your worldliness or have you come to repentance forsaking the world? Do you act logical, or do you look for ways of God to deal with tares?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

And people today look around the church at the results of the tares and wonder, how did this worldliness come about? Were not the leaders careful? Of course, such people are considered such people that raise those questions as being judgmental despite Jesus saying, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), and without high standards, the church becomes powerless to help people out of what is destroying them – sin. Unlike the pharisees of old, high standards does not equate with their “one strike and you’re out” rule. If a person was ever a prostitute or a tax collector, there was no hope for them, even if they repented. Christ gives them hope, but it is based upon repentance. And the only way that the church has become so worldly is because they allowed the unrepentant to not only come and hear the message, which is right, but they went beyond that allowance and made them members, allowed them to hold office, and now run the churches without being converted. The enemy surely has planted tares. So, do you see how the church has become worldly, or are you a tare thinking that to judge is wrong?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Applied to today’s Christians, whenever there are true Christians, quickly there are “in name only” Christians that appear. This is to try to prevent solidification between like believers as well as trying to prevent true beliefs from going to others. So, are you distracted by theses fake Christians, or have you made your way through all of the false teachings and practices to the true?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

These, in modern terms, are your fake Christians. Everyone that claims to be a Christian while continuing in sin are sown by the devil, for they are unconverted. There is no repentance, which is a requirement of being a Christian. There is no leaving the old life completely, but simply a tapering off, which is not taught in the Bible. There is no new life, which is requirement once again. All those that believe in forcing Christianity upon others instead of inviting them is of the devil as well. Unfortunately, the tares outnumber the wheat and Christianity has gotten a bad name. But are you part of the bad name, or are you trying to be the Christian Christ asks us to be by the grace of God?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

As evidence of a converted person, they will go forth telling others so they too can be saved with the gospel. It does not matter how many accept it as we are not judged on quantity, but the desire to go and share the gospel with as many as possible is evidence that the love for others has been born. That is real conversion. Anyone sharing the gospel because “it’s what Christians do” is just fake and are not real Christians. Those that believe in “Whatever others believe is just fine with them and we ought not bother them” is an unconverted soul. So, are you bearing fruit or not?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

A modern example would be the fact that these supposed Christians can endure the harassment for their decisions, but when it comes to giving up things they love, things they cannot do without, be it food, music, TV programs, movies, certain friends, luxuries, self-pleasures, amusements, etc., that is when they allow those things to control the life, and they become an idol to crush out the Word. These are the half in the world and half Christian thinking they are saved. It is a very sad position to be in because they do not know they are lost. God wants “all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). So, have you surrendered all or not?

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matthew 13:20-21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Keep in mind that today, it seems cool to be a Christian. It seems that everyone is saved. But as one receives more and more of God’s Word that causes a transformation, many such Christians stop being Christians. Oh, they will call themselves Christian but they will dismiss the Word of God as being too rigid, too legalistic, not enough love of Jesus, but in reality, Heaven does not recognize them as being Christian. So, when people make fun of changes in your life, do you cave? Do you even make changes in your life? Or, are you one that has regular study time, and as you gain more knowledge, you continue to submit to God through His Word?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

So, anybody, including Christians, that cannot understand God’s Word for themselves outside of “I’m saved” is as seen as being sown by the way side. This includes the atheists as well. And to be sown by the way side is to be lost. So, how much of God’s Word do you understand? Do you even spend time in God’s Word on a regular daily basis?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

The word “hear” is equivalent to “understand with the expectation to apply”. So, over the next few days or so, we are going to see what Jesus tells us regarding the symbols of His parable. The results thereof will be a revelation to what a true Christian is supposed to be. Are you willing to “hear”, or are you just claiming to be a Christian and saved already?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Matthew 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].

Most of those that lived in the days of Jesus physically being on earth did not appreciate what the prophets longed to have seen personally but obviously could not for all the prophets spoke of Jesus’ first coming. Such people in Jesus’ day were blind and deaf spiritually. Well, the same is true today for the second coming. A very sad situation indeed since people do not seem to learn from history. But do you see and hear, or are you blind and deaf too?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Matthew 13:16 But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

To see the Word of God, to hear, which includes proper application of God’s Word, is a blessed experience. And that should be the experience of a Christian all day, every day. So, how long is your experience of seeing and hearing God’s Word properly?

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Isaiah 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

And where is truth found? “Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth” (Psalms 119:142). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). “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). So, do you reject any bit of God’s Word? Do you reject any of God’s Ten Commandments? Do you reject Christ as the only way, which means that Christianity is the only true religion, whereas people are taught that all religions are fine? Or do you keep the commandments, obey the Word, and follow Christ as taught in true Christianity only reject all other religions and false denominations as erroneous?

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Too many people do not want to read or listen to Bible verses that contradict their positions. They find a verse and build a belief around it, and when faced with other verses on the topic, they claim that the Bible contradicts itself, when in reality, it is the agenda in the mind that contradicts the Bible. We are told for health reasons to stay away from eating animals that were not created for human consumption, known as unclean animals (Leviticus 23). But today’s Christians claim that Jesus did away with such by quoting the conversation in Mark 7 on purpose. But when shown the same conversation in Matthew 15 with added detail and seeing how Jesus specifically stated what His words were addressing (“to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man”, verse 20), Christians get bent out of shape and throw up their hands and say, “The Bible is too hard to understand and it doesn’t matter.” So, are you one that sees and hears the whole Word of God, or do purposely remain blind and deaf to anything that appears to contradict your belief on any subject?

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

And this is why we have so many different denominations, different takes on beliefs, and are just in such confusion as Christians. People do not really hear the Word in a manner to properly understand it from God’s perspective. People do not see the real Word of God proper to gain the knowledge of it from God’s perspective. God even tells us in Isaiah 28:9-10 to gather all of the verses in the Bible on a subject to get the right understanding, yet people are given to finding verses that simply support their views. We are not to bring our views to the Bible; the Bible is to enlighten us to how it ought to be viewed. So, do you approach the Bible?

Monday, October 07, 2019

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Spoken to plainly, prideful people just cannot see nor hear the Word. And pride includes thinking that one understands when they do not. So, how much do you hear and see?

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Matthew 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

There is a play on words or a careful study to know what is going on here. God is not out to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Those that have salvation, “they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly” (John 10:10), even though they may lose earthly possessions. But those that do not have salvation, no matter how rich they are, even their earthly possessions will be taken away, even burned up, and they will be left with nothing at all. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). So, what is more important to you? Things, reputations, etc., or salvation?

Friday, October 04, 2019

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

And the same is true today. Those that are converted in heart understand the Bible far better than the unconverted. It is not to say that the converted know everything, but they certainly understand the principles. In other words, the unconverted cannot find the passage that forbids smoking. The converted understand “that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 6:19), and “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:17). So, how well do you understand things in the Bible?

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Here we see that Jesus spoke to the public in parables, which are not literal messages, yet many Christians make doctrines from the parables of Jesus. So, how grounded are your beliefs? In a literal “Thus Saith the Lord” or on parables?

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Matthew 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Repeating what we already addressed a week or so ago, this verse did not say, Pharisees who have ears. Jesus did not say, the lost who have ears. This applies to everyone. So, how do you read the scriptures? By excusing them away because you do not feel they were addressed to you? Or do you “live by” “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)?

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

People who actually become Christian are supposed to be working to bring other souls into the Christian fold. So, how are you doing in reaching that goal?

Monday, September 30, 2019

Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

So, the Word of God was received, but things just got in the way of practicing the faith. Excuses were made, and before they knew it, they were no different than the rest of the world. What is interesting is that none of these really undeclared being a follower of Christ, a Christian. That means such people still think they are saved, even being a Christian, just like the prior group. What it comes down to is “blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). So, do you keep (obey) God’s Word, or do you make excuses, even pitting other verses to cancel the ones that are undesirable?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

So, like plants that have no depth of root, it is easy for trials and challenges to burn them. But here is another way such are burned. A Christian, when exposed to more light, since we are not all knowing once we become a Christian, they see how a Christian ought to act but shrink away from it. The reason is because they have no root in Christ to follow Him all of the way. So, are you well grounded or are you a surface Christian just claiming to be saved despite the sinful tendencies?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Matthew 13:4-5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Does the heat of trials cause you to be different than what God expects? Are you rooted deeply in His Word, or are you an “in name only” Christian?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Matthew 13:4-9 And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

So, there’s the parable that we are not going to comment upon since Jesus will do His own commentary that we will present over the next few days. In the meantime, let us focus upon the end of it, where Jesus said, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” He did not say, Pharisees who have ears. He did not say, the lost who have ears. This applies to everyone. So, how do you read the scriptures? By excusing them away because you do not feel they were addressed to you? Or do you “live by” “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

When addressing the public, Jesus spoke in parables. This is very important to note because many people, even whole denominations will base theology on the literal statements made by Jesus that He spoke in parables. So, are your beliefs based upon actuals statements or simply symbolic parables?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

With all of these people willing to listen to what Jesus had to say, how much do you drink in the Word of God, which is the written form of what He said?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

Symbolically, a house represents different things including a church (1 Timothy 3:15), while water symbolically refers to “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). Though this event literally did happen, even in this simple action, it teaches that a relationship with God is more than going to church. We need to take what we know and have learned to the people. So, do you do that or do you just let people believe or not believe caring less about their souls, their salvation?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

What is the will of God? “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). So, are you doing God’s will in keeping God’s commandments or not?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Matthew 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

We are Jesus’ relatives. Just because a mother gives birth does not make us have to be close with her, likewise the dad. And the same goes with the siblings. The only thing that should bind us closely with our relatives is the love of Jesus. As it is said, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Sure, they can agree on secular things, but what of the spiritual, where it matters most? So, do you have only worldly relationships with your relatives or spiritual ones instead?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Matthew 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Just because we are related to someone does not mean we are forced to be close with them. In fact, the closer bond is between two people who agree upon the Word of God as opposed to being a relative. So, do you force relationships within your family just because they are family, or do you deal with the consequences of relationships if not connected with God?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

Here, we see people more concerned about the physical matters instead of the spiritual ones. That would equate to trying to avoid disappointing relatives instead of adhering to God’s ways, meeting the bills instead of faithfully returning tithes and offerings, worried about the reputation instead of being honest, etc. So, which is more important to you? Physical or spiritual?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Matthew 12:46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, [his] mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

The notion that Jesus was an only child is a fabrication. These brethren, though not of Mary’s doing, were Jesus’ step-brothers. So, do you believe in a lie of the church teaching that Jesus had no siblings, or do you see how scripture reveals that Jesus indeed did had siblings?

Monday, September 16, 2019

Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

And it certainly is in this wicked generation. It is almost as if the moral compass is broken. Virtue is gone. “Their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2), and “every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). So, have you rejected the ways of the world and live by “Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times” (Psalms 106:3), or are you ensnared by their wicked ways?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Matthew 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth [it] empty, swept, and garnished.

So, all of the religions that teach emptying the mind is just making room for the devils to come in. Our minds are not to be made empty. They are to dwell upon right doing and heavenly perspectives. That includes yoga and many other meditations used in coping with the stresses of life. To the Christian, prayer is the only means of coping. So, do you turn to God in prayer, or to the false religions opening the door to Satan and his demons?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Unclean spirits, devils, fallen angels, etc. all are not happy unless they are tormenting people either by temptation or simply keeping someone in sin, piling sin upon sin so that the person feels that they could never be saved. So, do you allow the devils to keep you sinning, or are you dying daily to your selfish wants and desires (1 Corinthians 15:31)?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon [is] here.

And with so many Bibles in the world, it ought to be easy for this generation to come to the knowledge of God, otherwise, she shall condemn this generation also. So, have you come to the knowledge of God through His Word?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas [is] here.

And today, the same is true. The evidence is in. All one has to do is trust the Bible, and the fulfilled prophecies help with that where they are pretty much nearly all fulfilled and in an astronomical way. The people of Jonah’s time did not have as much knowledge as we do today. So, will such people condemn you for your unbelief, or do you accept God’s Word and live by it?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

First, the story of Jonah and the whale was to be confirmed by Jesus to be real story. Now, a number of Christians believe that the “heart of the earth” means the grave and cannot comprehend how dying on Friday afternoon and rising before sunrise on Sunday equates to a 72-hour period stated by Jesus. They try to move the crucifixion to an earlier point in the week, but Psalms 58:2 tells us, “Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.” In trying to keep this message short and not quote a whole lot of similar verses, the “heart of the earth” is a reference to whatever the earth or the population of the earth wanted to do. Remember, Jesus said, “My time is not yet come” (John 7:6) more than once, and then Thursday night, Jesus said to Judas, “That thou doest, do quickly” (John 13:27), which gave permission to the wickedness of the earth to come upon Jesus for it was now time. Therefore, counting from Thursday night, Friday day, Friday night, Saturday day, and Saturday night, all we are missing is Thursday day. And that is easily rectified by the preparation for the Passover that Jesus knew He would end up fulfilling and saying certain phrases in such a manner that I cannot quote them all here. So, do you contradict specific scripture that details the time of only Friday night to Saturday night in the grave by imposing a belief on a stretched out period in the grave, or do you understand the biblical use of “heart of the earth” being a reference to permission of the people of the earth to have their way with Jesus and put Him to death?

Monday, September 09, 2019

Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Jesus just confirmed how to look at the Bible stories. They were not recorded in scriptures because people bragged about what happened to them. They were prompted by the Author, God through the Holy Spirit, to record those things as prophecy. Jonah’s experience foretold Jesus’ experience. We too will face a Jonah experience as well for the prophecies also apply to the last days. Now, how do you read the Bible stories? As fables? Historical purposes? Or as prophetic purposes?

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

Christians that look for a sign lack faith because “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). So, how strong is your faith?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Do we speak righteous words or worldly words? Again, there is no such thing as becoming a Christian, keeping a foul mouth, and then claim to be saved. Either we speak as Heaven expects or we do not. And if we do not, we are condemned. “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). That means if we walk still after the flesh with a foul mouth, we are condemned. So, what words come out of your mouth?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Matthew 12: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

So, if we cannot be lost, then this verse makes no sense. If we are not careful with our words, we will be lost no matter how saved we think we are. So, how careful are you with your mouth?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

The “how can” question is rhetorical. Evil people will do and say good things to accomplish their goals. And what determines if a person is evil is if selfishness is the main motivation. So, are you selfish, or do you simply say and do according to the will of God?

Monday, September 02, 2019

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [his] fruit.

Sure, people can appear with good fruit, but not for long. Eventually, selfishness will come through much like a nice-looking apple that is shiny but one bite can reveal mush inside. Though we are left judging people by their fruits, we need to give it time to fully form before making conclusions. So, have you given up all judgment, or do you seek to know people by their fruits as Jesus tells us?

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.

As studied out before, we can curse Jesus and be forgiven, but the sin against the Holy Spirit is not a onetime event. It is a lifetime event. It is a life of rejecting the conviction of sin and ceasing and a life of rejecting righteousness and not doing it. Further, it is a lifetime of not seeking the truth. So, are you listening to the Holy Spirit’s convictions, or are you simply excusing the Holy Spirit away?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost or Spirit is basically going against the work of the Holy Spirit. By resisting the workings of the Holy Spirit, that is when blasphemy occurs. And it is something that happens over time. It is not a single incident like a sin. Now, let us see what the Bible says is the working of the Holy Spirit regarding salvation. Gifts of the Spirit are not salvation issues; they are witnessing tools. According to John 16:8, it says of the Holy Spirit, “he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Also, “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Therefore, to continue to sin, to reject righteous doing, and to excuse away the truth are all acts of blasphemy. In short, the primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to fit us up to dwell in Heaven. As we resist this work of ceasing sinning, living righteously, and experiencing the truth, we remain unfit and will be judged as such, and further, we shall not enter into the Kingdom of God for “there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life” (Revelation 21:27). So, are you committing blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, or are you submitting to the promptings of the Spirit?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Does sin gather or scatter? It scatters. Is sin with God or against God? Against God. Then how can anyone claim to be saved while still knowingly sinning?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Matthew 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

The strong man is Satan. His house is the earth (Job 1:7). He will be bound for a thousand years (Revelation 20:2). The spoil are all of the people he has tempted and will either be laid waste (Isaiah 24:1) or taken to Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:17, John 14:2-3), depending if one is lost or saved. So, when this happens, who have you been obeying for “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16)?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

If people would admit Jesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit, be the Son of God, have power from Heaven, mighty miracles could be performed. And when Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is come unto you”, that includes the “power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). So, do you accept Jesus as the Son of God, or just a mere mortal, or even worse, as a figment of one’s imagination?

Monday, August 26, 2019

Matthew 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? therefore they shall be your judges.

Hypocrites they were, much like today. It is all fake and the Pharisees knew it. Healing is not a group presentation or a show. True healing is done when the elders are called for and not the patient going to them. So, are you caught up in the fake healing movement, or do you believe the non-sensationalizing form of healing?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Matthew 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

The fact of the matter is, Satan’s kingdom shall not stand. That is what hell is all about. So, are you wholly on God’s side and will enter into God’s kingdom, or are you trying to enjoy the things of the world and practice some form of Christianity at the same time, which is the way Satan likes it, therefore, counting you actually part of Satan’s kingdom?

Friday, August 23, 2019

Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Therefore, if we are united in Christ, should we not all be striving to believe the same thing instead of everyone having their own belief, especially when there are other religions that even reject Jesus Christ?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, This [fellow] doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

And today, the true followers of Christ are falsely named legalists, cult members, and even worse. Many were deterred from following Jesus by these names. Are you deterred from following the truth?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Matthew 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

Jesus still amazes. They are called miracles. Do you believe in miracles, or do you only accept scientific evidence?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

And so many Christians find themselves needing such healing too. They are blind because they do not use all of the scriptures. It seems so many use select verses that show them just being saved and ignoring all of the verses that point to living a holy life. They are dumb because what they do speak contradicts where they contrast scriptures instead of trying to make them all work like puzzle being put together. So, do you see and are able to speak the true gospel, or are you still blind in your beliefs speaking dumb things?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Matthew 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). All non-Christians are not to be left in their own religions. There is no salvation in them. Only in Jesus Christ is there salvation. Now, that does not mean we force anyone, but we certainly do not remain silent. So, how silent are you when interacting with non-believers?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Jesus was truly only bruised but not broken. He was not quenched but still very much alive. Likewise, we will need to endure much bruising for our faith, but it should not break our faith. There will be plenty of attempts to quench our spirit, but it should remain on fire. So, how spiritually strong are you?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Matthew 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

To have the Christ-like character, we too will not try to be the best. Therefore, being the best sports player, receiving the fame, is not Christ-like no matter how many times a quick thank you prayer is offered after scoring. That means celebrities cannot have the Christ-like character either. Even politicians are brought into question. But also, in the office where people are in competition for the next position is an example for striving. There is doing a good job, but the line is crossed when it is for gain. So, what do you strive for in trying to beat someone else out?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Matthew 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

The same is true of all of Christ’s disciples. We are “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Unbelievers know about the gospel only through us. It is not like Jesus speaks to people today or sends angels. He sends humans. Now, if we are living in sin, we cannot have the Spirit rest upon us. Sin repels the Spirit. So, how much of a vessel are you to take the gospel to others, showing in your own life the power of conversion, even victory over sin?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Matthew 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

Matthew stressed the importance of scripture. Everything spiritual relied upon it. Therefore, all those that want to ignore the Bible, want to ignore the prophecies for the last days, want to ignore the expectations of God upon human beings, can just as well ignore going to Heaven. So, do you expect to go to Heaven without studying the scriptures despite being told, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15)?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Matthew 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:

Now, this did not give people permission to lie. Further, it shows that not all truth needs to be revealed. Some people speak too much revealing more than they should. Now, when faced with a situation in which there is no easy way to do as told, lying still does not become justifiable. Do as the parents of one of the people that were healed of Jesus did. Put it back on the person. They said, “he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself” (John 9:21). Therefore, stating that it is not your place to give an answer is an acceptable answer. Likewise, if someone else has news of any sort, let that person tell it. It is not for you to tell. So, how balanced are you with information? Do you blurt out anything and everything despite what consequences you create for others, or do you try your best not to lie and yet not reveal what someone asked not to be revealed?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

There is nothing in the Bible that teaches that a person is to let bullies beat them up. Walking away is permissible. It is not a sign of being a coward. It is a sign that there are more important things in life, like spiritual things, than anything else to be fighting over. Names, property, ego, etc. is not worth defending. So, do you walk away from fights choosing the spiritual high road or not?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

And this is what the main line church did to Jesus in the day. It was the popular church; it was what everyone believed. Just like today; no one wants to hear the narrow truth; no one wants to hear the correct gospel. And in the end, “he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15). So, are you just going along with all of the other Christians, or is your faith solidly found in the scriptures?

Friday, August 09, 2019

Matthew 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched [it] forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Do you ever pray for God’s help and then just wait around to see what happens? We need to be more like this man that acted upon faith and went forward stretching his hand.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Matthew 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Doing well on the Sabbath does not mean going to work on the Sabbath. Painting an elderly person’s home on the Sabbath, though is a kind deed, is beyond the intention based upon other verses in the Bible. Helping a person in physical need is quite different than cutting the grass, doing shopping, etc. And again, yes, animals are second class to humans, which animal activists have it all mixed up. So, do you properly do well on the Sabbath, or do you just ignore the Sabbath completely?

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Matthew 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift [it] out?

This speaks as a rebuke to today’s activists who love animals and bugs over the lives of human beings, nonetheless, again, Jesus was not doing away with the Sabbath. He even agreed that saving an animal’s life on the Sabbath is not considered a sinful act. And again, do you reject keeping the Sabbath thinking that Jesus was trying to do away with it, or do “we establish the law” (Romans 3:31) including keeping the Sabbath?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Matthew 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had [his] hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

in this example, Jesus did not do away with the Sabbath once again; He clarified what God had intended as acceptable activity and unacceptable. To ignore a stranger in those days so as to have them come back later hopefully usually meant that it was unlikely they would cross paths, so if there was going to be a healing, it had to happen right there and then. Therefore, it is lawful to heal, but it is not lawful to open a medical practice, raking in the money, on the Sabbath day. If that same doctor or nurse encountered someone in public that is in need of emergency medical need, by all means, it is lawful to heal. So, do you use these words of Jesus in this incident to do away with the Sabbath, or uplift the proper use of it?

Monday, August 05, 2019

Matthew 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

Jesus spent a significant amount of time at the synagogue. Many churches offer morning, afternoon, and evening meetings and even a mid week service. How often do you attend them?

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

If the Sabbath were done away then Jesus would no longer be Lord of it. Therefore, by Jesus declaring that He is the Lord of the Sabbath day, it then remains. So, do you submit to Jesus’ lordship keeping His Sabbath day? Do you submit to man’s lordship keeping someone else’s day? Do you reject all authority by keeping no day at all?

Friday, August 02, 2019

Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

All the outward signs of being a Christian is not what God is wanting. Vain repetition of prayers, long pilgrimages, even giving so much to the church is all for naught if we condemn those who were once a dreg of society but now have been made whole. A prostitute that ceases her prostitution choosing to repent is not to be looked upon as being once a prostitute always a prostitute. That former prostitute has now become guiltless. Replace the sin already mentioned with any sin and the same holds true. So, do you have an appearance of being a Christian while thinking former sinners, especially the really bad ones, are condemned to hell and there is nothing they can do, or do you believe God’s mercy “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)?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Matthew 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.

Many today worship the temple more than God. They listen to their preachers and follow church structure and church discipline above a “Thus Saith the Lord”. And one greater than these has provided His Word to us, and yet most Christians choose the erroring human over Jesus. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), and yet Christians listen to the quick talking preacher who dismisses the commandments. So, who do you think is greater? Church structure with its ministers, or Jesus’ Word?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Matthew 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

What is a primary principle of the Sabbath commandment? Rest. But do ministers get the Sabbath day off? Of course not. In fact, it is probably the most taxing day upon a minister. Therefore, they indeed break the Sabbath commandment, however, the purpose for doing such holds ministers blameless. They are not guilty of breaking the commandment after all. Again, the exception is not something that does away with the commandment; it is a mere exception. And again, we ask, have you listened to false preachers telling you that the Sabbath has been done away with because of this exception, or do you see that Jesus was merely teaching that there are exceptions but that the Sabbath command still exists?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Matthew 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

David and his men are being held up as an example of how to keep obedience and needs balanced. All needs do not justify making exceptions, and all exceptions are not necessarily sin. But the bottom line is, just because there is an exception does not cause the rule to be tossed out, like the Sabbath. So, how do you look upon exceptions? A justification to throw out a commandment, or just as an exception?

Monday, July 29, 2019

Isaiah 22:18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee [like] a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory [shall be] the shame of thy lord's house.

In the game of volleyball, basketball, and even many other sports, a ball that is out of bounds has a much larger area of being out of bounds as opposed to being within the boundaries. All those that do not choose to be on the “strait” and “narrow” path (Matthew 7:14) will be tossed outside of the boundaries of the kingdom of God. They will be lost. So, are you part of the “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13), or “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14)?

Monday, July 29, 2019

Matthew 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

And the same is practiced among today’s Christians as compared to the Pharisees of old. People either are impressed that they know what is right and wrong without checking the scriptures, or they pull out certain verses while ignoring other verses. Scripture is to be the Christians rule book, but only if understood without making scriptures appear to contradict itself because they do not. People trying to apply scripture to fit their agenda is what makes the Bible appear to contradict. So, are you a Christian without the rule book, twisting the rule book, or obeying the rule book (1 Peter 4:17)?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Matthew 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

That is according to the rules of the Pharisees. Jesus tells us, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). And in so doing, there is nothing about forbidding the activity of pulling some food from nature to eat satisfying the current hunger. There is a rule against harvesting on the Sabbath, but this is not harvesting. Therefore, Jesus was not teaching His disciples to break the Sabbath but simply rejected the additional man-made rules. So, do you throw out everything about the Sabbath because of this verse that has been twisted into making Jesus a Sabbath breaker, or do you keep the Sabbath properly by God’s rules?

Friday, July 26, 2019

Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

This is the beginning of a Sabbath controversy. A simple act of feeding oneself from food out in nature became an exaggerated controversy over honoring the Sabbath. Jesus was not a Sabbath breaker nor did He teach such. Jesus was a Pharisee rule breaker because they had failed to keep the overall governing rule: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). The Pharisees added all kinds of additional rules, which Jesus ignored, and even purposely entered into controversy to show the delight instead of the drudgery in keeping the Sabbath. So, do you know that the Sabbath is still to be kept, or are you anti-Sabbath claiming Jesus did away with it?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

Living a Christian life is a burden, though a light one, but too many Christians do not want to give up the worldly ways and anyone telling them differently, they claim, “I’m saved by grace!” as if grace removes all need to do something for Christ that we really do not want to do. In other words, “If I don’t feel like it, I don’t have to” is the attitude of many Christians. All of that thinking is part of the “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). So, do you still hold onto difficult habits because it is “work” to quit and you are not saved by works, or do you face that light burden through Christ thinking, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13)?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Matthew 11:29 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.

This “do nothing” Christianity is completely unbiblical. I am referring to “Just Believe” and you are saved. Jesus clearly teaches that we are to be put to work for a yoke is used in plowing the field. This means that we are to personally take the gospel to the world (Matthew 13:38), not only in speech but in demonstration. In other words, sin must cease in our lives or we are hypocrites. We cannot preach freedom from sin if we are still sinning ourselves, but that is what popular Christianity teaches. So, are you yoked up with Christ, or sleeping in a hammock with the devil?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

That rest is not in hammock, not in a bed, not in being worldly. Sin brings countless demands upon the body both mentally and physically. When one lives a righteous life through Christ, there is a different type of rest despite working so much harder. So, do you think that Jesus simply provides an easy life now, or do you sense a different meaning to rest than before?

Monday, July 22, 2019

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].

And today, the Son is revealed through His Word -- the Bible, but so many Christians do not consult the Bible, so they make up who Jesus is. Jesus was not a homosexual. Jesus was not female. Jesus did not save everyone but made an opportunity for everyone who chooses to be saved. Jesus did not replace the Ten Commandments with grace; He revealed grace for those who choose to cease from sinning to cover the sins committed. Jesus welcomed all to listen but never encouraged people to stay in their sins nor did He choose to worship with practicing sinners. Jesus was very judgmental. All of this is revealed in His Word and much more. Therefore, all who have an attitude, “Well, my Jesus…” are worshipping Satan instead of Jesus. So, who do you worship?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Matthew 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

And that should be our motive always. Whatever is good in God’s sight, and sin certainly is not. So, how often do you do things in God sight that is in the name of fun but actually is sinful instead of good?

Friday, July 19, 2019

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Those who think themselves too learned even in God’s Word tend to miss the easy things to be seen. Take the Sabbath for instance. Many think they know we are no longer to keep that Jewish day. In reality, Christians actually kept the seventh day Sabbath well until Constantine changed it in attempt to win pagans from their sun worship. Unfortunately, Christianity simply adopted the sun worship and refuse to give it up (Daniel 7:25). There is not a scripture that commands Sunday while there is one that still commands Sabbath keeping and is very specific to the identification of the day. In addition, we are told that in eternity we will continue worshipping on the Sabbath (Isaiah 66:23). And Jesus even expected Christians would keep it in the last days (Matthew 24:20). That is just one easy item that theologians twist away. So, how much do you see in God’s Word or are you too wise and prudent?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Matthew 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

The tolerable part is based upon the proper understanding of hell. Point blank, hell is not burning now nor will it burn throughout eternity. There are a couple of studies that I can provide giving a plethora of texts for this position as opposed to the handful out of context. The bottom line is that only the saved are promised eternity, eternal life. The lost are not. To burn throughout eternity would be a type of eternal life. And no, God does not say eternal life with Him versus eternal life in hell. He simply promises eternal life (John 10:28). The sentence of hell will last for eternity where God will never recreate a lost person. Now with that said, the Bible states how hell happens: “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). Those of Sodom will burn up or be devoured by fire faster than those of Capernaum. That is where the tolerable part comes in at. Now, all of the arguments about hell can be ignored if we simply focus on going to Heaven instead. And again, we are reminded in this verse that whatever light we have that we dismiss and not live, we will be held responsible for. So, how much light do you cast away?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Matthew 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Again, the more light and understanding we have, we are responsible for living it. It is not that Jesus played favoritism with Capernaum and left Sodom to perish, they perished because what light they had, they rejected. Each one of us shall be judged in like manner. And for those that do not want to know more, there is condemnation on that as well. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). So, how much light are you living up to?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Matthew 11:22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

This shows that there is different “weight” to God’s judgment. Basically, we are judged upon the light we have. Further, to show that we accept God’s light, His truth, we live it. That is because “they were judged every man according to their works” (Revelation 20:13). Our works reveal who we believe. They earn nothing but show everything. So, do you believe Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24), or that Satan is stronger to keep you sinning?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Matthew 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Anyone who says, “I didn’t have any proof” are going to have Tyre and Sidon brought before them as a people who would have believed from all the effort Jesus put forth in Chorazin and Bethsaida. How is it with you? Do you not believe until every doubt is removed? Or do you exercise at least a little faith?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Matthew 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Everybody talks about the love of Jesus, but here we see that if people do not repent, He upbraids, reviles, casts out, reproaches them. In other words, He does not hold back His anger. Anger is not wrong if controlled. The Bible says, “The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy: (Psalms 103:8), but there is a limit. This is allowed for humans to for “[he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife” (Proverbs 15:18), and “[He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty” (Proverbs 16:32). If we initially practice patience and offer mercy and it is rejected, then for God’s sake we now have anger with a cause (Matthew 5:22), and are allowed to tell it as it is. In nowise are we to inflict harm, but anger is allowed to be shown. So, do you call people unloving who are righteously angry, or do you understand there is a limit?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Matthew 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Jesus was not choosy of who He spent time with. If they were open to the gospel, He ate and drank, not alcohol, with publicans and known sinners. History reveals now, that the wisdom of Jesus in approaching people that way because going up to someone who is openly sinning and condemning them never works. The phrase, “Don’t you know you’re going to hell” wins on one to Christ. “Hey, I see you are addicted to smoking. If you’re interested, I can help you quit” has a much more positive effect. So, do you just ignore sinners, participate in sin with them, condemn them, or offer help?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Matthew 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

Even today, someone who watches what they eat and what they drink are looked upon as snobbish, ignorant, definitely different. So, how do you treat those that are careful of what they eat and drink, or how are you treated if you choose the more biblical diet?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Matthew 11:16-17 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

And this generation is no different. Encourage people to read the Bible, and the reject it. Hand them a book, and they throw it away. Preach on the radio or TV and they turn it off. We do all these things for the salvation of others, and yet, so many people do not respond. What more can be done before there is no hope. The reaction lies with the recipient. Therefore, if a person is lost, it certainly is not the result of not trying. So, how are you in receiving God’s messages?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

By Jesus stating those words is a way of saying, “Listen up. This is especially important.” Yet today, many just go about as if life is going to continue for hundreds of more years not realizing that the messages of Elijah are already being proclaimed. So, are you paying attention, or does Satan have you distracted?

Monday, July 08, 2019

Matthew 11:14 And if ye will receive [it], this is Elias, which was for to come.

This is based upon Malachi 4:5, which says, “I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming”, but the rest of the verse says, “of the great and dreadful day of the LORD”, which is the second coming. Elijah is not literally going to come back as it is the spirit of Elijah we are referring to. Therefore, John was the precursor to the second coming messengers, of which each of us can be part of as long as we are living according to God’s Word. So, are you?

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

This does not mean that all of the prophecies of the Old Testament are fulfilled; it just means that each prophesied the first coming. There are eight times the number of prophecies about the second coming yet to be fulfilled or are fulfilling since the first coming. And the law that Jesus refers to are those revealed in Leviticus 23 regarding the feast days. The Ten Commandments contain no prophecies and therefore are unaffected by this statement. So, do you have the proper respect regarding the Old Testament and the Commandments, or do you think the Old Testament is over and the Ten Commandments are done with?

Friday, July 05, 2019

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The word “violence” has not the same meaning as today. According to the Bible dictionary (Lexicon), it also means “to press hard”, “put forth strong effort”. The Kingdom of Heaven is obtained by pressing hard our efforts for we are told, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24), which means, not only am I telling you what the word “violence” means in this verse but so does the Bible itself, hence we know the scriptures by comparing scripture and not relying upon human interpretation. The Bible defines itself, well, at least the King James Version does. The Kingdom of Heaven is not obtained by the popular, “Just say you believe and you are saved.” It is obtained by believing Christ empowers us to overcome sin, taking on the restrictive life. Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven is obtained by strong effort, and the strong obtain it by putting forth that effort. So, how much effort do you put forth?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Matthew 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

One way of looking upon this is that true Christians are looked upon as unintelligent, even least people. Even the Pharisees thought so. John, on the other hand, was in prison physically. Being set free from sinning, people are greater than John because they are no longer in prison. Jesus caused people to think. We know that it could not refer wholly upon physical realm nor wholly on the spiritual. We just have to balance out the blend to make it fit biblically. When we all get to Heaven, we will all be equal. That is the spiritual. At the same time, Jesus just declared that John was the greatest man to ever live yet the least in God’s kingdom would be greater. And that kingdom was referring to the converts before Him. Therefore, Jesus’ words are both physical and spiritual. So, are you out of prison free from sinning, or are you still in prison bound by your sins?

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Matthew 11:10 For this is [he], of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Today’s preparation message is found in Revelation 14:6-12. It is symbolically represented by three angels, but they are messengers with the last day gospel. Are you listening to such messages?

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Matthew 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

John the Baptist was truly a prophet, but he was not just a prophet for the first coming. His words still apply to our lives today, especially when some of those messages were reinforced by Jesus. So, do you listen to the words of John the Baptist, or do you not even accept him as a prophet?

Monday, July 01, 2019

Matthew 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses.

John the Baptist’s rebuke of the style and fashion in his day is a rebuke in our day as well. Just because we have left our pilgrim days, just because we no longer wear the same clothing day after day, does not mean we ought to own 50 pairs of shoes, change of clothing for months, and deck it all with an array of accessories. The inventor of fashion is Satan. His goal is to make Christians spend unnecessarily and fashion is the fastest way to do that. Changing wardrobes every year, adding to the accessories, trying to fit in, all of it is eating up the funds that God provides. According to the Bible, God expects a faithful tithe (Malachi 3:8). He would also like freewill offerings as well (Ezra 8:28). These are to fund the ministry of which if ministers had to rely on other employment, they would not be able to dedicate the time necessary for proper ministry work. But beyond that, our money is still not our own. We are living in the last days. It is our responsibility to tell, in one form or another, as many people as possible about the coming events that are already in progress culminating in the second coming. That takes money. So, do you spend money needlessly while souls are dying lost, or are you careful with what you have and trying to win souls with what you can afford?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Matthew 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

And what do you think of John the Baptist? Have you listened to His words? Do you think other people influenced him? Or do you consider him a prophet of God?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Many Christians throw the name of Jesus around like it reveals how Christian they are by saying it so often, but they are easily offended because they forget what Jesus stood for. He stood against anger without a cause (Matthew 5:22), looking sexually upon the opposite gender (Matthew 5:28), wanting people to keep the commandments (John 14:15), be forgiving (Matthew 6:14-15), and much more. They forget the doing part. In fact, as it was stated, they are offended to think that any doing, any works is part of salvation. They think it is all God’s responsibility in being saved by providing grace that permits sinning, even on purpose. So, are given to the cheap version of Jesus that has been reduced to simply a name, or do you live as Jesus expects you to live?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Though Jesus worked physical miracles, by stating that the poor have the gospel preached to them also moves this to a spiritual level in which “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). In other words, to relieve the poor does not always mean to hand over money. Likewise, those spiritually blind do not have to have physical sight to be able to see or understand God’s truth. The lame walking is comparable to people accepting that God’s “word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105). Lepers being cleansed is the removal of sin in one’s life. The deaf hearing is people listening to the gospel and applying it. The dead in trespasses now live for God. So, has Jesus done any of these miracles to you (make you see, walk righteously, cease from sinning, accepting the gospel, living a new life, and receiving the wealth of the gospel)?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Matthew 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

John’s disciples were to convey what they heard and saw of Jesus back to John the Baptist, but not just anything, for in the crowd were Pharisees, Scribes, and other people who kept spreading lies. This is much like today, where church leaders and ministers will tell people not to listen to certain other people. If what their church has is the truth, it ought to be defendable. If people are persuaded away because of what they hear and see from God’s Word, that simply means that they did not have the truth after all. So, are you afraid to hear and see things for yourself out of God’s Word?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Matthew 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

And that is exactly what most Christians are doing today. They are looking for another Jesus. They do not like the one that says, “Repent” (Matthew 4:17) and “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you accept the Jesus of the Bible, or the popular society one?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

We ought to do the same today and that is, we ought to investigate Jesus for ourselves. Sure, John sent two of his disciples, but then again, John was in prison. For us, especially those not in prison, we ought to “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). So, do you just read or ignore the Bible, or do you really on a regular basis search the scriptures?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). We may not be preachers or teachers, but there is something everyone can do to get the Word out. So, what are you doing?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

It is not the act of a cup of cold water but the compassion connected with the godly purpose because many have reluctantly offered a cup of cold water, but with a bad attitude, it is meaningless towards God. So, do you have the right motives for your compassion, or do you do it just because you are supposed to?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Matthew 10:41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

To receive is to accept the man of God, but too many Christians are too prideful and think that they are already saved and need not spend time in the prophets or listening to a preacher. They do not need the prophets (Word of God), and they do not even need a preacher to teach them. So, if they do not receive the prophet or the preacher, then they do not receive the reward. Now, are you reward ready, or do you not have reward based upon your actions towards God’s means of speaking to you?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Matthew 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Anyone that does not want to hear about Christ from another person is actually rejecting Christ and rejecting the Father is what the reverse of this verse is stating. And this is serious because “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). At the same time, we are not to accept every teaching, even in Christ’s name, as being truly of God. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). So, do you listen to other preachers and test what they have to say with the Word of God? Do you just accept whatever is said? Or do you just reject human teachings relying upon yourself to know truth and error?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Using whatever means to save one’s life, including lying, shall lose eternal life. Those that are willing to die a martyr’s death for Christ’s sake shall have eternal life. Do not try to tell me works has nothing to do with salvation. Jesus says they do. James plainly stated, “I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). So, are you willing to die if there is a choice between sinning and dying?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Along this line, Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Resisting our selfish ways is required to be a Christian for no selfish person will ever enter Heaven. Though we cannot do it without the divine power, which is a gift from Heaven (2 Peter 1:3), we are to strive (Luke 13:24) towards denying ourselves to the point we are completely selfless, just like Jesus was and of Whom we are to imitate (1 John 2:6). He was so selfless that He went to a physical cross. Now, is there anything in your life you are not willing to give up for Jesus? Food? Family? Job? House? Friends? Schedule? Even money?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Not only does this pertain to a parent who commands differently from God and we must choose God over our parents, but it also covers the fact that people say, “If my children are lost, I want to be lost too!” That is absurd. When God says, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4) that includes mourning for a child, a parent, other relative, or friend. Further, there are many tests included in this verse like not wanting to disappoint or offend, trying to keep the peace, and even having to put extra effort into appeasing everyone when it comes to the biblical diet. So, do you compromise for family sake?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Matthew 10:36 And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household.

We do not need to fear the government. We do not need to fear the religious leaders. Our concern should be of our own household. In a house that does not agree on issues, they will find that in a crisis situation that there is all out war -- even surprise attacks. People hate crisis situations but that is where character is developed and revealed. So, what does your character reveal?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And people think that family ought to just get along is nonsense. It is actually unchristian. Jesus taught the opposite. If family do not agree upon Christ’s doctrines and the application of them, there is going to be great strife. If one believes that unclean foods are still unclean today, then family gatherings involving food will be contentious. If certain activities are not allowed in one set of children while permitted in all other children, family gatherings will again see tempers fly, especially from the unconverted. A converted person can say, “Oh, we don’t eat that. We don’t do those things. We watch our language carefully”, but the unconverted will react in an appalling manner, “What do you mean your family doesn’t eat hot dogs? What do you mean you can’t tolerate the smell from my smoking? What do you mean you don’t appreciate the jokes with foul words or poor taste subjects? What do you mean that you reject my way?” They just cannot leave well enough alone. If everyone would just respect each other’s decision without getting all worked up, all would be fine, but the unconverted expects the converted to give in, compromise, and that is where the variance is because a true Christian will not compromise. So, do you get along with your unconverted family members without contention, or do you stand your ground?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

This is not a physical sword but a spiritual one. Remember, God would not have us kill unbelievers because they would be lost for eternity. We are to be as God is, and this is done by being “longsuffering…, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). But this also points to the people who do not like doctrinal fights and try to be neutral. Just because a person is a Christian does not mean he is not an agent of the devil. Christian churches are full of devils claiming to be Christian. That is because Christianity offers eternal life but people do not want to obey the rules, and that is why so many churches have open and practicing sinners. So, how much do you use the spiritual sword to settle disputes, or do you try to make peace through doctrinal compromises that God hates?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Continuing with yesterday’s post, checking one’s Christianity at the “door” and not living it always is denying God. So again, do you live Christianity always or off and on?

Monday, June 10, 2019

Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

And that is as simple as not hiding one’s Christianity. Sounds simple, but many fail. They leave their Christianity “at the door”. They enter into a work place and fit in with fellow employees with all of their worldly ways: cutting out early, not giving their full effort, telling poor taste jokes, taking small objects from the office, exaggerating on reports, lying for the boss when the boss tells their staff that they are not in the office when they are, etc. Some Christians do not act Christian around their family for embarrassment sake. Many Christians put in their hour at church, if they even go to church, and the rest of the week is theirs. Many Christians are not Christians behind the wheel of vehicles. All of these, and much more, are ways people fail to confess before others that they are a Christian. So, do you have any time that you hide your Christianity, or do you confess it all of the time by living it, by being a Christian?

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Matthew 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

If you think life would not matter without your presence, your life matters to God. So, now what will you do with your life?

Friday, June 07, 2019

Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

If God knows that much about you personally, do you think God may also know the struggles you have and will answer your prayers in the best way possible for character as opposed to what we think?

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

God cares for the little creatures. How much more does He care for you?

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

No wonder the angel in Revelation 14:7 starts off with the last day warning, “Fear God”. People would be true Christians as long as they do not lose their jobs. People would be true Christians but during family gatherings. People would be true Christians as long as they get to keep their friends. And so on, and so on. People do not want to offend others but what about offending God? No, He will not understand. The God of the Bible is precise. Just as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and many others including the two New Testament people that were struck dead: “Ananias, with Sapphira” (Acts 5:1). So, do you fear God, or do you check first with other people’s reactions?

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, [that] speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, [that] preach ye upon the housetops.

In our private time with God, we are to receive our instructions in truth that is to be shared with as many as we have access to. So, how much sharing time to you do? Do you even have private instruction time with God, which is known as personal Bible study time?

Monday, June 03, 2019

Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Bottom line is that God knows everything. We need not spend effort defending ourselves. It would be useless effort as they are considered fools. So, how much effort do you put towards people that misalign your character on purpose?

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more [shall they call] them of his household?

And in today’s language, the words are … cult, legalist, fanatic, influenced by the devil, and much more. But returning the question with a question, who is the real cult leader when such people that follow the commandments, as they are written, follow the Word of God with the instructions of proper Bible study form Isaiah 28:9-10 where one is to gather every verse on the matter before coming to a conclusion, and everyone else is following what the government dictates or permits, what their religious organization says is “their” practice, or even following their own unconverted nature? “Blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28), and “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). So, are you a cult follower listening to human beings, or do you follow the Word of God and keep His commandments? And by the way, the commandments do not need any interpretation either. Even a 6 year old can understand them.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above [his] master, nor the servant above his lord.

Why people think they will escape future tribulation is beyond me. Why people think that God is with wealthy people and anyone suffering trials and loss must be experiencing the punishment of God is again, beyond me. Jesus was poor, Jesus went to the cross and died at the hands of the people and leaders. We are not above Jesus and will be left off without such in our lives. We will experience it. So, do you really think that will not be your future? Or do you see that it is possible to all true Christians as we near the second coming?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Our job is not to convert people. Our job is simply to share the truth, and if we are opposed, move onto another city that may be more favorable. We will not be able to reach every single soul before Jesus returns, but spending time constantly with people who oppose the true gospel is not right either. So, how busy are you for the gospel sake?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

A number of years ago, there was a news article that praised a Christian group that escaped the clutches of the radical Islamists who were threatening their lives if they did not convert. The news cast praised the fact that they lied their way out by agreeing to convert. The world may see that as a necessity but God says that they did not endure their trial, and if they would have died shortly thereafter, they would have been unsaved and be lost. At least now they still have time to repent of their ways and still have an opportunity to be saved. It is those that endure until the end, keeping the true faith without wavering that shall be saved. Those claiming to be already saved even today are deceived. Numerous scriptures state that it is an endurance thing. Scripture does not contradict itself. People who select a certain understanding by picking only supportive verses are the ones that make it appear that the Bible contradicts itself. So, are you enduring or are you compromising because you think you are already saved?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Matthew 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death.

This happened in the early church as Jews chose to be Christian, but it will be repeated again in the last days. As the world governments and religions unite on enforcing climate change rules, some voices even now are calling for prison sentencing and other punishments towards unbelievers, when the disasters as described in the Bible increase in frequency and in intensity, this will be what happens to those that choose to obey God’s commandments instead of man made solutions, hence why the survivors are described as, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, will you choose to obey God’s commandments even now so that you are in practice already, or will you go along with the world enforcing what God calls a different form of worship (Revelation 13:4, 8, 12, 15, 9, 11)?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Matthew 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

And when brought before counsels with only the Word of God in the mind, think not that it will be you speaking. Like Stephen, who was the first Christian martyr mentioned in the Bible, the Holy Spirit shall put the words into our mouths to speak to the needs of the people before us. Those words will either enrage those who are against the truth, or melt hearts of those observing that were unsure of the truth but will be confirmed when those words are spoken. So, are you feeding the mind to be a future instrument, or are you feeding the mind the contents of the world (Hollywood, music industry, literature from infidel authors, etc.)?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Matthew 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

This is not an automatic thing. The Holy Spirit is not going to speak through a person that knows not God or His Word. We are to be daily memorizing scripture, knowing the scripture beyond simple readings, and be able to defend the faith. At the same time, we ought not now be preparing speeches to be given in that day but rather, we ought to rely upon the Holy Spirit for the Words instead. So, are you feeding yourself the scriptures that the Spirit can use later?

Friday, May 24, 2019

Matthew 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

We ought not fear of being brought before government leaders, even into court rooms. It is an opportunity to present God’s Word, His testimony. Of course, if a person does not know the Word of God, then it could be challenging. So, how much do you know God’s written testimony?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Isaiah 19:8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

Fishers, being leaders or pastors, will mourn when their congregations cease listening to them as they realize the true reality of things. What causes them to continue the deception today is simply greed. Greed for wealth, attention, job security, but “they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). So, how much do you love the truth?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Matthew 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

We can be careful not to irritate the ungodly people that have power on earth and say everything we need to say without compromise, but with Jesus as our example, we see that His words were twisted against Him to condemn Him despite speaking for God. Did Jesus say, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). Yes. What was said in the trial? “This [fellow] said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days” (Matthew 26:61). Jesus did not mean the temple of God; He meant His body (John 2:21)! Further, Jesus said that the leaders would do the destroying. So, it should not surprise us that when unconverted people look for a quick answer from us today that such will be used against us out of context during a trial. Now, remember how Jesus conducted Himself though – “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth” (Acts 8:32). So, how well can you bite your tongue under these circumstances?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

The world is definitely not safe for sheep. They are easily taken advantage of, preyed upon, and well ridiculed. Our response however, is to be harmless for we do not want to injure the possibility of saving the soul at some point even though right now, many times the person deserves to be put in their place. Through properly addressing the situation as Christ would, we may look weak, but in reality, we are extra strong because we are able to keep back the passions from lashing out. At the same time, we need to be very wise for “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). Giving away plans before they are being executed is a sure way to fail. Completely trusting another person without question is a sure way to be scammed. Listening and accepting every religious and societal thought without checking it with God’s standard is a sure way to be duped. So, how wise and harmless are you?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Matthew 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

The difference between Sodom and Gomorrah as opposed to those seeing the second coming is that Sodom and Gomorrah really did not see it coming, while the lost at the end of time will know they are lost and exclaim, “to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:16-17). This includes all of the religious that continued sinning for Jesus said of that day, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). To work iniquity is to continue to sin. So, are you risking eternal life thinking you can change your mind at the second coming, or are you living in obedience to all that God commands that you are aware of?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Matthew 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

This is not only in regards to a city but individually as well. People who are all about their own opinion so much so that we cannot get a word in edgewise is not worthy of our time. We need to move on to other people then. It is difficult when family is involved, but there is a poison in people’s minds that they just know they are right but do not allow other facts to enter, and this is very true among liberal minded people. Our mission on earth once we are converted is to spend as much time seeking souls that are looking for truth. We are not to spend the rest of our days just socializing with others and having a good time. We become laborers with Christ in actively sharing the gospel. Any other form of Christianity is a lie. So, how active are you in sharing the gospel? And if people who you try to share with do not want to hear anything regarding the Bible, do you depart from their presence?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Matthew 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

And the peace is that of reconciling the house, the people inside, to God, but if they are not in the proper frame of mind to be able to receive that peace, through purposeful justifying sin, for instance, then that peace cannot be shared. So, are you able to receive that peace, or do you desire sin instead?

Friday, May 17, 2019

Matthew 10:12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

We ought to be manurable and not be complainers or one that feels privileged. So, how are you when you go and visit another home?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Matthew 10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

Missionaries are not to simply stay anywhere or with anyone. The meaning of “worthy” is not snobbish in an earthly “worthy” sense. We do not pick the people who are rich, would benefit us physically the best, but rather, it is to be a home where they can feel refreshed. Jesus spent a lot of time with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 11:1) because He knew He would not be hounded by the Pharisees and others like them. So, is your home inviting to such guests?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Matthew 10:10 Nor scrip for [your] journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

A true workman through preaching and teaching ought to be considered worthy of being taken care of by the public. Someone ought to provide for their necessities. And to trust in God that such would be provided is truly relying upon God. Now, this is different than having a job to support your own ministry work. This is regarding full time ministry expecting to be prepared for every condition possible on one’s own merits. So, are you a person that helps God’s true preachers by providing means to them, or are you keeping your means for your selfish purposes? Are you a person that is teaching others and relying upon the provisions from others, or are you trying to control matters instead by expecting a salary?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Matthew 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

Jesus was having His disciples exercise what He taught earlier: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31-33). Now, we may not be a missionary who needs to go into a country without any financial means, but many Christians count the loss of following God completely instead of depending upon Him to provide. So, are you worried about the financial ramifications of submitting completely to the trust of God?

Monday, May 13, 2019

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, and raising the dead seems to be easy tasks today. It is the casting out devils that seems so hard because people keep inviting the devil back in with every excuse for the allowance of even little sins. A truly righteous life is boring to just about everyone, and so to spice it up a little, supposed Christians watch shows with not only foul words but excuse the use of God’s name taken in vain. They figure if they were so strict in their viewing time that there would be nothing to view. The Bible would then say, “Welcome to true Christianity.” In fact, many true Christians simply cast away the TV. Though the Bible forbids lustful images, even Christians make an allowance for suggestiveness in TV and movies as well as lyrics. Again, if they cease all such programming, there would be nothing to watch. And that is pretty much accurate. And of course, teasing, jesting, and fooling one another is always covered by, “Oh, lighten up!” No wonder but few will make it (Matthew 7:14). So, will you be part of the few, or are you allowing a little “harmless” sin here and there, which actually is not so harmless?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

“At hand” means now; it is here. This kingdom is not visible, but at the same time, it is not the ushering in of grace, as is popularly taught. Basically, people become citizens of God’s kingdom by repenting because the Bible says, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). Repent means to stop sinning and receive forgiveness for doing it in the first place. In other words, to be part of this kingdom, we cease from living the life for the satanic leader through sinning and live a righteous life choosing the loving leader of Jesus by living a righteous life for “Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). We are to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). “The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). And there is no such thing as belonging or switching frequently between the two. Although there is an allowance of an “oops” moment into sin, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1), it is not to be a way of life. In other words, if we justify sin in our life, we are on Satan’s side no matter how righteous we may be in other areas. If we strive against temptations by the power of Jesus Christ and have an “oops” moment but then confess and forsake that sin, we are on God’s side. So, by your actions, which kingdom do you represent?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Continuing from yesterday, we see that Jesus specifically stated that the focus was to be that of Israel for winning souls. The Daniel 9:24 through 9:27 prophecy predicted this focus, however, as pointed out yesterday, there seems to be a large consensus that throws the final week of the prophecy into the future and apply it to Antichrist instead of where it ought to be. Without a single explanation, insinuation, or a command of God, though everyone seems to agree that 9:24 through 26 was fulfilled up to the point of Jesus’ baptism, a large number of Christians decided to rip off the final week of prophecy and throw it into the future declaring that the rebuilding of another temple retriggers the prophecy. Event that part is part is incorrectly understood because the rebuilding process is covered in Daniel 9:25 as part of the first 69 weeks of the prophecy. Jesus, on the other hand, also declared that the 70-week prophecy, which is 490 days, remembering that each day represents a year, was to be treated as one unit of time by stating, “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22) in a response to Peter’s question on forgiveness. Leaving the number unqualified by not stating the word “times” or anything and not believing the number is just a coincidence, Jesus declared He has been forgiving Israel for 490 years of which 7 were left. So again, are you a believer in the false seven-year tribulation, or do you see that Jesus fulfilled it at the cross right on time and even forbade His disciples to go beyond the borders of Israel as promised?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not.

Moving onto verse 5, we see this command. Did Jesus not come to save the world? Why were the Gentiles and Samaritans snubbed? It is because the Daniel 9:24 prophecy was not yet fulfilled: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” Based upon God’s day for a year principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6), that is 490 years (70 weeks x 7 days per week). From the time Jesus was baptized, the last seven years had just begun. Further details of the prophecy are in Daniel 9:27, which says, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” So, from AD 27 until AD 31, Jesus’ ministry would come to an end by dying on the cross to take away the need of the sacrificial system right in the middle of the last 7 years of the prophecy. Then, after His resurrection until Stephen is stoned is the remainder of the time in which at that time is when the Gentiles would receive the message. Now, if that is not the proper understanding of Daniel 9:27, then this statement of Jesus in Matthew 10:5 makes no sense, yet so many Christians believe that Daniel 9:27 is yet future and applies to the antichrist instead. What a satanic application! Now, are you a believer in the false seven-year tribulation, or do you see that Jesus fulfilled it at the cross right on time and even forbade His disciples to go beyond the boarders of Israel as promised?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and JUDAS ISCARIOT, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is Judas Iscariot, which means "he shall be praised" and "men of Kerioth" respectfully. Kerioth means “cities”. So, the cities should be praising. Usually, Jewish names honor God. So, God would be praised in all of the cities. Interestingly, “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:8-9). In all honesty, cities do not praise God. They are under the control of Satan. It is better to be in the country as opposed to the sins of city living. In fact, with the stark contrast between Abraham country living and Lot’s city living, the Bible says, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 1:7). So, do you risk your soul by living in convenience of city living, including the suburbs, or do protect yourself living in a sparser environment, the country?

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; SIMON THE CANAANITE, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is Simon the Canaanite, which means “pebble” and “zealous” respectfully. It is good to be zealous for God then that means “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). Anything short of “all” is not being zealous. So, are you zealous?

Monday, May 06, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and LEBBAEUS, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Lebbaeus is the name for today, which means "a man of heart". And that ought to be our motivation towards God in everything – our heart. “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19). “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). To not keep the commandments is not loving Jesus. To keep the commandments because you have to is legalism. Keeping the commandments motivated from the heart that loves God is what is supposed to happen. So, do you have the proper heart?

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; JAMES [the son] of ALPHAEUS, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is “James [the son] of Alphaeus”, which James means "supplanter" while Alphaeus means “changing”. And changing we ought. In fact, that is the whole concept of being a Christian. “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19). “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalms 51:10). So, are you changed or do you continue in your old ways claiming to be covered by grace?

Friday, May 03, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and MATTHEW the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Matthew, which means "gift of Jehovah", is our focus today, and we take note that he is referred to as a publican or tax collector. They were not looked favorably upon. “But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” (Luke 5:30). Therefore, it was easy to have low self-worth being a publican, a person without hope. But that was what the Pharisees taught, and not what Jesus taught. There is forgiveness for everyone that repents of their ways. Unfortunately, today’s Christian does not know how forgiveness works. When forgiven, Jesus will “present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24), but too many today declare, like the Pharisees, that a person who sinned has the stigma forever and has no right to judge other people. Nonsense! Cleansed and faultless is as if a person never sinned. And that gives such a person the allowance to judge to help others out of their sins. Now, a second misunderstanding of forgiveness is summed up with Paul’s words: “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). Too many Christians are careless with their lives and continue sinning because they think they are under grace. That is not how forgiveness works. It is only for those that want to stop sinning. So, are you a person that thinks you have committed sins that cannot be forgiven, or do you believe Jesus is willing “to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)? Do you think someone guilty of a sin has no right to help others out of their sins, commonly misrepresented as judging, or do you believe once forgiven a person has that ability to help? Do you believe grace gives you license to continue to sin, or empowers you to overcome all sins?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; THOMAS, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is Thomas, which means "a twin", which ought to remind us of the first set of twins recorded in the Bible, Esau and Jacob. They were two very opposite children in more ways than one, which brings us to two choices we have that are very opposite. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, who do you obey?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and BARTHOLOMEW; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is Bartholomew, which means "son of Tolmai". It is assumed that Nathanael was another name for Bartholomew because in the gospels one or the other is mentioned in the list of disciples but not both. Now looking up Nathanael, it means “gift of God”. “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (John 1:47). He was a true Israelite and nothing sinful came out of his mouth. So, are you a true Christian with nothing sinful coming out of your mouth, or do you tease, tell off jokes, voice inappropriate comments, are frequently negative, tell little lies that are still lies, among other things?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; PHILIP, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is Philip, which means "lover of horses". As horses love to run wild, be careful if applied to ourselves for there is a Bible principle that stands: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap: 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.” (Galatians 6:7-8). So, what are you sowing?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and JOHN his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today’s name is John, which means, "Jehovah is a gracious giver". And very gracious was He because it was John that “Jesus loved” (John 13:23), and “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John” (Revelation 1:1). God could have left the last generation in darkness but God is gracious. He has revealed what shall come to pass. With that in mind, how much do you appreciate God’s revelation, or are you fearful of it?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; JAMES [the son] of ZEBEDEE, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today, we shall focus upon James, the son of Zebedee. James means "supplanter" while Zebedee means "my gift". The word “supplant” means to replace, and one that is a “supplanter” usually replaces through trickery as Jacob did to Esau, as according to Genesis 27:36, which says, “And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing.” So, what a gift! -- A gift of supplanting. It is a gift if we are willing to give up the trickery and “in their mouth was found no guile” (Revelation 14:5). Now, are you willing to give up all trickery of supplanting to live a life without guile?

Friday, April 26, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and ANDREW his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Today, we shall focus upon Andrew, which means, “manly”. It is that which all of us must overcome for we are to become “godly”. Only complete submission to God by doing according to the clearly defined principles of His Word, studied properly (Isaiah 28:9-10), shall that transformation take place for Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Paul wrote, “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12). So, do you allow the Word of God to change you from being “manly” into “godly”?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

Peter, commonly understood to mean “rock”, but that would be incorrect. “That Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4) and not Peter. Peter is but a pebble. Too many think that Peter was the leader of the early church and that is incorrect. Paul even rebuked Peter at one point (Galatians 2:11), and James was the one that led the first church counsel (Acts 15:13). As there were twelve tribes and then twelve apostles, church is not a hierarchy system. Men create such for power. So, do you accept the authority of a mere human being, or do you take the authority of the true Rock, Christ through His Word?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Having a health message associated with a ministry identifies a true ministry. Any teacher not concerned about people’s health and allows people to eat and drink what they want is a false ministry. Sin causes sickness and disease. Jesus sends His disciples even today to heal people and to cast out unclean spirits, which includes incorrect theology. So, are you concerned about healing others freeing them from the results of sinning?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Is that part of your daily prayers, and are you part of the answer?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;

Souls are dying every day without salvation. Laborers are not only officially recognized ministers but ordinary, everyday people. So, are you laboring to save souls or not?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

And Jesus is still compassionate towards those that are not being taught by true shepherds. There are people who try to bring truth to the masses through literature, media, and other means. Unfortunately, most sheep do not realize their need, but are you one that realizes your need? Or are you one that is actively trying to reach those in need?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils” (Mark 3:14-15). We too, as humans, have been given the power to do the same thing as Jesus did. Unfortunately, many of us are unable to exercise that power because of carelessly sinning, indifferent to obedience to God’s commandments, being worldly, and many other things that hinder such power. So, what is hindering you?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

That is just typical. False accusations are cast towards the person speaking the truth. The Pharisees knew that it was not so. What they were hoping for was to discourage people in the audience from following Jesus. Today, people falsely label denominations as cults. They label people with the truth as causing problems, even legalists. So, do you participate in spreading such lies or believing such lies without investigating it for yourself, or are you one with the truth and have such hurled at you?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Matthew 9:33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

And that is what the world needs to see today … a speaking miracle. A person may always have had a voice, but instead of the voice speaking foul language, negativity, worldly attractions, and unholy things overall, what a marvel it would be to now have that same person experience “open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise” (Psalms 51:15)! Basically, “what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11)? So, what comes out of your mouth?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Matthew 9:32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.

A dumb man, one in which is unable to speak, spiritually represents everyone that speaks inappropriately towards God. The most common, even among Christians, is to speak against the inspired Word of God. Picking the Bible apart is not only inappropriate talk, but pretty much being filled with the devil’s lies. So, do you have a devil in you that has convinced you that the Bible is not the Word of God, or do you truly believe that God’s Word, the Bible, comes from a higher Author than mere human beings?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Matthew 9:31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

Just as many Christians do today… they disobey direct commands of God. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He also said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). Saying that all the law hangs on those two commandments means that those two commandments summarize the Ten Commandments. Jesus still expects us to keep the Ten Commandments where the first four is our love to God and the last six is our love to neighbors. Yet, so many Christians dismiss the commandments, especially the one that shows love to God – the Sabbath. So, are you just as guilty in disregarding a direct command from Jesus, or do you live in complete obedience to all of the commandments?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Matthew 9:30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See [that] no man know [it].

Not everything Jesus does for us is to be told to others. For instance, Jesus revealed to me through His Word what the Mark of the Beast is and without a doubt I know it to be accurate, but if another person does not even know what the Beast or antichrist is, it means nothing, and it actually could harm the mission of Jesus in reaching souls with the gospel to just blurt it out. So, are you careful with knowing what to make public and what not to make public?

Friday, April 12, 2019

Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

How much faith do you have in being healed from all of you sinning?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Matthew 9:28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

Keeping it on the spiritual level and not the literal, Jesus said elsewhere, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth” (John 9:41). Now, do you believe that Jesus is able to remove sinning from your life? Are you able to reply like the blind people that said, “Yeah, Lord”? Or do you think Satan is able to keep you sinning?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Matthew 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on us.

More people need to cry unto Jesus with their spiritual blindness and beg for mercy just the same because Jesus says, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:19-21). Basically, willful ignorance is sin. So, do you beg of God for spiritual eyesight, or do you continue to live life in darkness?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Matthew 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

Could you imagine spiritually what fame of Jesus would go forth if we ceased our sinning? But that is just it -- hardly a Christian chooses to stop sinning therefore Satan gets the fame. Oh, many pat themselves on the back thinking that they are pretty good people, but every sin justified encourages sin in others. Observers say, “Well, if they excuse watching TV shows with foul language, then I am alight in my sin.” Is that the fame you want to present, or are you able to say, “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore” (Psalms 86:12)?

Monday, April 08, 2019

Matthew 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

Some times to get close with Jesus, we too need the people around us to be put forth. In other words, reducing our exposure to the unconverted will actually strengthen our walk with Christ. The more we expose ourselves to worldly people, outside of teaching them, the more we risk losing eternal life. [And we have covered many times that the Bible indeed teaches that eternal life is not a guarantee, so for those that say, “Impossible”, then all I can say is that unfortunately we will find out in the end. It is not worth the risk.] So, who do you expose yourself to?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Matthew 9:24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.

Many Christians laugh Jesus to scorn as well today. We know our sinful habits and what realistically we can cease and what we cannot. And then we declare that those sins that we cannot overcome will be excused and gotten rid of by the power of the second coming. Nonsense! The Bible says now, “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). It is before the second coming that this happens. Despite the scientific evidence on addictions and habits, just as the scientific evidence of the maid was a declaration of being dead, we need to not only believe that Jesus exists, we need to believe that His power can “keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). So, do you deny the power of God to keep you from sinning, or are you laughing Jesus to scorn?

Friday, April 05, 2019

Matthew 9:23 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

And pausing here to focus upon what Jesus saw and heard just begs the question about our own homes. Too much noise in a home blocks out the voice of God for His voice is “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). Likewise, worldly influences from the world through TV, books, magazines, Internet, and many other sources wipes out the influence of God very quickly. When it comes to these things, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). The lack of Bible study, the lack of singing hymns, the lack of prayer establishes no connection with God. So, what does Jesus see in your home?

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

And yet today, people worship all kinds of articles. We do not need statues, rosaries, supposed miracles to a piece of cloth, or any such thing. We need not rely on superstitions, make pilgrimages, or do anything like that either. It is our faith that makes us whole. So, how strong is your faith? Strong enough to worship Jesus without any external articles?

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Isaiah 15:9 For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

Dimon means "river bed", and again, Moab means “of his father”, referring to Satan seeing that this is not a good situation. Regarding the blood, none escaping, and even the remnant of the land being wiped out, John saw, “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:17-18, 21). This is not a pretty scene, but when people do not study the Word of God for themselves or do not study according to Isaiah 28:9-10, they will believe the lies of their father, Satan, and be lost. So, are you careful in studying God’s Word, or do you just listen to the preacher of your choice?

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Matthew 9:20-21 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind [him], and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

Although this is a literal incident, the Bible often uses a woman to symbolize the bride of Jesus, the church. Some churches are very much diseased with spiritual blood, sin. They permit it by claiming that all a person has to do is believe in Jesus, but they do not promote a Christian lifestyle, called obedience to God’s commandments. They promote it by placing known practices of sin into position, primarily that of the homosexual lifestyle becoming ministers and bringing movies into the church buildings, among other sinful practices. They need a connection with Jesus to be made whole. And that connection is not only a thread but a whole book called the Bible. So, does your church excuse sin through a false sense of love, or do they deal with sin promoting commandment keeping?

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Matthew 9:19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and [so did] his disciples.

Today, Jesus watches all we do as well as the heavenly angels. So, what are you showing them in your life as they watch? Sin or righteousness?

Monday, April 01, 2019

Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.

This is amazing faith being demonstrated by this ruler! But surface readers stop right there and do not move forward. Those who believe each verse of the Bible has some type of application to us today will dig deeper. At some point, we too were “dead in your sins” (Colossians 2:13). Now, if Jesus works the same miracle in us, then “to me to live [is] Christ” (Philippians 1:21); we “should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24); and “we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12). In other words, we will be “dead to sins” (1 Peter 2:24). “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). I just do not get this. How anyone can conclude that a Christian gets to continue sinning and be saved is beyond me. Basically, we have almost all preachers teaching error ignoring numerous verses that state that we are to live obedient, commandment keeping, righteous lives and almost all Christians not studying the Bible for themselves. The combination of these two situations makes most Christians fake then. Worse yet is the fact that they shall be lost despite thinking they are saved. So, have you been raised out of your death state of sin, or are you just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

In the second comparison, we see that trying to put new doctrines, new lifestyles into a vessel inclined to doing the old sinful or even just worldly things still, trying to get out of life what a person can get out of, etc., is not going to work. Eventually, the old vessel (person) is going to break and give up Christianity. We need to become completely converted to accept some tough changes in the life, that of quitting sin. So, are you a new vessel or are you trying to put Christ’s doctrines into an old one?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Matthew 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

So, little changes, as in patches here and there, to one’s old life will actually make such a person worse off, especially thinking they are saved when they are not because “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37), not just pieces here and there. Further, the old life will always crave and wrestle with the new choices and eventually win. A person needs to become converted instead to make the whole garment new. So, are you a new garment, or are you just trying to patch up your life?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

This was said in reference to the crucifixion and everything that was associated with it. Applying it the second coming now, there is coming a time in which “they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them” (Mark 13:9). There will be much fasting and praying then. In fact, periodic fasting now along with much prayer is good for the soul. So, what biblical fasting do you exercise, and how is your prayer life?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Matthew 9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

And people say the same thing today. There are true Christians and then there are Christians who do as the church leaders tell them to do and such wonder why other Christians do not believe the same thing. If they would only search the scriptures, they would know for sure that they are being taught error, for instance, Lent is not observed in the Bible and, in fact, has its roots in paganism. Belief in going to Heaven right after death negates the doctrine about the day of resurrection mentioned often in the Bible as “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29). Nowhere is Sunday declared to be the Christian Sabbath; it is still Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. So, how much of the Bible do you follow, which are the doctrines of Christ and required to be followed (John 15:7-8, 2 John 1:9), as opposed to simply listening to church leaders?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

So many people point to how wonderful works they perform but they neglect real Christianity, which involves mercy. Now, Jesus calls sinners but not the righteous, however, notice what sinners are called to do. So many Christians think this verse says, “I am not come to call the self-righteous, but sinners.” They believe that if they remain in their active sins that somehow, they are considered the called ones. What nonsense! Sinners are called to REPENTANCE. That is a cessation of sinning. And if they have ceased from sinning, they have then been made righteous, a transformation that only Jesus can perform, hence why those who already are righteous are not called to repentance. There should be nothing to repent of if one is living a righteous life. This verse is not saying that Jesus does not call the self-righteous but rather it uses just the word “righteous”. There is a difference. Self-righteous people feel they do not need Jesus in their life, which is an act of sinning, which would be a person that Jesus would call to repentance. A righteous person is exactly what we are told: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). So, have you repented yet? Have you even been called yet? Have you been transformed already?

Monday, March 25, 2019

Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard [that], he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Speaking metaphorically, those sick in sin are the ones that need the heavenly Physician, Who “will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19). So, do you need a spiritual heart transplant because of your stubbornness towards sin?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw [it], they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

We will be told the direct answer in a moment, but in reality, the Pharisees represent all those that can care no less for the lost of the world. They go about making sure their ducks are lined up, that they look good, but they do not put forth much or any effort personally to seek and save the lost. Are you one of them?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

Please notice that Jesus did not go up to the publicans and sinners and harass them, like some religious groups do. They came to Jesus. Sure, Jesus does approach a few to call them but never to condemn. Today, instead of people seeking Jesus in the physical form, they are to be able to approach His representatives, the true Christian, who are to know the Word of God and “[be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). So, are you ready for publicans and sinners to approach you for an answer?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit [shall be] a fiery flying serpent.

Palestina means "land of sojourners", and “The people shall hear, [and] be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina” (Exodus 15:14). This is certainly not a good scene. A “cockatrice” is a “poisonous serpent”, and the serpent of course is Satan, for he is known as the serpent (Revelation 12:9). To bring another serpent forth from a serpent can only mean the seed of the devil (known as a serpent in Genesis 3:15), which is antichrist, for “the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2). So, are you avoiding everything of Satan and clinging to God’s Word, or are you letting go of the only instruction book that can provide the knowledge of how to escape his snares?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

Like Matthew, all of us have been called. Unlike Matthew, not all of us leave everything behind. We seem to try to carry parts of our old life with us. It was not easy to leave all that wealth behind for tax collectors had it really well in those days. Many were quite wealthy as much as many of us today benefit from our pet sins or we would not keep them part of us. We are so willing to give up certain things that are not of a Christians lifestyle that we are indifferent about, but to give up those things that we hold dear to, we justify one way or another so as to keep them part of our lives. Whatever happened to “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37)? When we hold back on anything unchristian, we do not give God all of our heart. When we think about how much we are going to miss it if we do give it up, we do not love God with our whole mind. When we keep justifying it, we do not love God with our whole soul. And if we do not love God with the heart, mind, and soul, or any combination like giving it up and regretting it, which is to give the soul but not the mind and heart, we will be lost no matter how saved we claim to be. So, what are you keeping part of your life to burn with?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Matthew 9:8 But when the multitudes saw [it], they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

We too may receive power. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 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” (2 Peter 1:2-4). But most Christians do not believe in this power to overcome sin because they are “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, which group are you in? Do you deny the power or do you exercise the power to overcome every sin?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Matthew 9:7 And he arose, and departed to his house.

He was healed immediately both physically and of his sins, yet people today think it is a long process to be healed from their sinning to finally quit it, but that is not the way it is to be. So, how much faith do you have in being healed at least from your sinning that you would not desire to do it anymore?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

That is right. Jesus can forgive sins. Priests cannot -- not in the Old Testament times and not in our day. Though it may have looked like priests of the Old Testament times did forgive sins, they simply followed a ritualistic process having no power of their own to actually forgive the sins. The sins were confessed upon a lamb representing Christ. So, who do you confess your sins to? Also, are you careful not to be “open” with others by confessing your sins to them, even in a group session?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Matthew 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

That is a tough choice. Sins being forgiven is not an easy task to be swept under, but so many Christians believe they do not even have to confess their sins to God because they are “saved”. Others who do confess do not even know how to make a proper confession since repentance is involved, which means, to stop doing it. Then we have others that feel they have done the sins so many times, did very horrible things, they would like to be forgiven but they do not have the faith to believe they are forgiven. There are so many ways to fail at having one’s sins forgiven. On the other hand, to see a body part be healed instantly is not something humans are capable of. Even with today’s technology, healing is not instant. But the main thing is to realize that sin is what causes many of our problems. Therefore, do you strive to have every evil way cast out of you?

Friday, March 15, 2019

Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Jesus knew the motivation for the scribes to shout out the accusation that Jesus was a blasphemer. Too bad people today cannot see those that toss around the words “hateful”, “racists”, “bigot”, and other synonyms who have the same thing in their hearts. If people would examine the facts and not let feelings get in the way, we would have less contention. But then, that is what the devil wants in this world. He wants the truth squashed and so only the few with an honest heart will ever see through these false defenders shouting out “cult”, “Judadizers”, “salvation by works”, and other synonyms. But do you see through such and will examine the facts ignoring the name calling so as to get to the truth, or have you already been influenced by those labels thrown around?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Matthew 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This [man] blasphemeth.

Even today, the “trump” comment is stated, which means that a comment is made that is above all other comments and meant to end the discussion. To be accused of blasphemy was one of the worst things to be accused of in public back in the day, much like today where the word “racist” is used. The term is usually loosely tossed around but it is so effective. It is unbelievable that grown people resort to such when they do not have the logic or the truth on their side. They may say, “You’re ignorant. You’re stubborn. You’re prejudice. You’re… you’re… you’re a racist!” How immature they are, yet how effective the branding sticks. It goes to show how people are unable to logically process what is going on. They are so controllable by the masses. So, are you subject to being easily diverted from the truth, the facts, the logic by simple name calling?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Notice that Jesus went after the sin issue. Sin, even the guilt of it, has debilitating effects. That means, no matter how vile we feel that we are, to get better, we need to go to Jesus by faith, “confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, what is holding you back from making a complete confession, if you are holding back that is?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

When Jesus comes the second time, He will not be using a ship for “the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27) is how He will come because we are told regarding Jesus that “He was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). He will then gather us (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and instead of passing over, we shall pass through outer space, to go into His own city, “new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:2) where “many mansions” (John 14:2) are that we are told, “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:3). So, do you have the right Jesus that takes us to where the mansions are as opposed to the one that supposedly sets up an earthly kingdom, which is a lie?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Matthew 8:34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought [him] that he would depart out of their coasts.

The city just took a huge financial loss. Their industry was completely and instantly wiped out. But was it really the fault of Jesus? Sure, the two would have remained possessed if Jesus did not show up, showing that the city was more concerned for financial gain than the welfare of its own citizens, but it was the devils that chose to enter the pigs and cause them to jump off the cliff into their watery graves. Sure, Jesus could have told the devils that they could not do that, but saving unclean animals was not high up the list of Jesus’ efforts at the time. Now, how many times do humans weigh the consequences of obedience to God? If I keep the true Sabbath, I may lose my job. If I do not tell the caller my boss is out of the office when the boss is still in the office, which is a lie, I may get reprimanded. If I do not fudge the books a little, we may not get funding. If… if… if…. So, are there any ifs in your life?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Matthew 8:33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.

Now, was there a selfish motive? Was the story accurately told to the owners? Was anyone convicted of the fact that pigs are unclean? Did anyone care that the people they feared living in the tombs were now in their right mind by a miraculous act? How many times is the truth of the Bible distorted for personal sake? It is all the same spirit. But, do you have that spirit, or do you see the scriptures for what they truly are even if it cuts into your life?

Friday, March 08, 2019

Matthew 8:32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.

When we choose to sin, even a little, it is an invitation for devils to enter in and increase that sinning. If we would only realize that the goal is destruction, just like the swine were destroyed, just maybe we would not open up the invitation as numerous people do. So, how inviting are you to these devils?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Matthew 8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

The Bible says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8), therefore, go to Jesus and present yourself to Jesus and the devils will probably request the same thing. The Bible principles is, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, if you have a known sin in your life, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Matthew 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

What better place to cast unclean spirits into but into unclean swine! Swine are not just ceremonially unclean; they, in comparison to the clean animals, are diseased. They digest the garbage of the earth and retain the poisons. A cow and a pig may each eat a candy bar wrapper, but the cow will poop it out whole while there will be no trace from the pig. Noah knew what was considered unclean (Genesis 7:2) and he was not a Jew, in fact, he it is whom became the new father of the world as all of us are related to him. Leviticus 11 simply labels the unclean creatures. And nothing magical happened at the cross to make swine eatable, so, if you have not done so already, for health sake, will you give up the bacon, pork chops, pork tenderloins, shell fish, etc.?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Matthew 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

And those that live sinful lives cannot see the benefit of having Jesus in their lives. They do so by using every excuse they can find to avoid spending an hour with Him through His Word. They do so by criticizing godliness. They do so by not “watching” for those initial steps that lead to sinning. So, do you spend significant time with Jesus each day, or do you let the world have complete influence upon you?

Monday, March 04, 2019

Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

Continuing to live as the devil leads through the use of sin leads eventually to the tombs, symbolic of death. No wonder the Bible says, “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23), “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16), and “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15). So, is the devil enticing you to sin leading you to death, or are you choosing to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Matthew 8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

And using the spiritual application, all doctrines ought to be brought into conformity to Christ’s doctrine. And all people should obey Him. Unfortunately, the time of this to actually happen will be too late for most. God Says, “Every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11). All people will be made calm and every tongue shall acknowledge Him to be the Truth. So, what doctrines and people are tossing you about away from Christ’s teachings?

Friday, March 01, 2019

Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Christians do not fear for the future or their lives. They trust that God will either save us or use it for His purposes. If we truly have faith, we will do God’s will no matter the consequences. When we fear results, we no longer are trusting God. Again, though this actually happened, symbolically, the Bible refers to wind as different doctrines (Ephesians 4:14) and sea or water as many people (Revelation 17:15). With Jesus rebuking both that His truth and His doctrine stand. So, what are you listening to when it comes to doctrines?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to [him], and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Again, from a spiritual perspective, God never sleeps, but if we are committing known sin, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). At this point, there is only one prayer that God will hear, and that is the prayer of repentance. Go ahead and cry, “Lord, save me” for “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) and that is to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and not in their sins. So, do you cry upon the Lord to save you from sinning, or are you carelessly thinking you are already saved and it does not matter?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Matthew 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Although this is a true event, symbolically, there is a lesson to be learned. A sea, being water, is symbolic of “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). And a tempest is coming from all nations, all peoples, in all languages. It is called the Mark of the Beast. To the spiritually discerning, the Mark of the Beast is the opposite of the Seal of God. With the word “seal” and “sign” being synonyms (Romans 4:11), we find that God wants us to “hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:20). The opposite of the Sabbath is Sunday, a day implied to be the new Christian Sabbath but no where in the Bible is it commanded. So, are you going along with the crowd preparing for the Mark of the Beast, or are you keeping God’s commandments, including the Sabbath?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Matthew 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

Although this is a physical activity, nonetheless, as a disciple, in which all Christians are called to be, we ought to follow Christ. In other words, “let him deny himself” (Matthew 16:24), “die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31) to self, and successfully “crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24). Otherwise, all we are doing is claiming the name, probably because of the promises, but will be disappointed in the end. So, do you follow Jesus or do you just claim the name?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

And this reveals that this was not a funeral situation that this disciple was being pulled from. Dead people cannot bury dead people, but spiritually dead can bury the physically dead. And so, when we have an elderly family member, even a sick one, and they are unconverted, let the unconverted take care of them. If none are available and funds do not allow it, then yes, it is our responsibility to take care of them. Our mission is to go forward with the gospel and nothing is to hinder it. Christianity has lost its purpose because it is filled with mostly fake Christians that love to claim the name but get upset about the work. Acts of kindness alone trump the duty Christians are called into. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-29). A yoke is for working. We are not saved to enjoy life or the status of being saved but rather, we are saved to serve God in whatever calling he calls us into, which is always for missionary purposes in one form or another. So, how active are you for God?

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Matthew 8:21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Now, this is not a dead father that Jesus called this disciple where the disciple had to choose between a funeral or follow Jesus, but rather, it is a way of saying, “My dad is up in age and I want to spend the rest of his days, no matter how long they are, with him.” To this, Jesus said, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37). So, where do relatives rank in your relationship with Jesus?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head.

And yet, many ministers live luxury lives. Not only is the pope well taken care of sitting on trillions of dollars in wealth being the wealthiest nation on earth, but we have non-Catholic ministers with mansions and yachts and much more. Something is seriously wrong, in fact, the whole health, wealth, and whatever gospel is a lie of Satan. It feeds the greed. Even Nicodemus, Zacchaeus, and Joseph of Arimathaea gave away their wealth. So, do you “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Matthew 8:19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

So, what the scribe stated was not wrong. But do you and I follow through with it when God’s Word tells us to stop doing something, do we stop? When God’s Word tells us to do something, do we do it?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.

Great multitudes are also about Jesus today. Billions claim to be Christian, but just like then, He will eventually cause a departing. This time, He causes them to depart. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). What is the main reason? Working iniquity, which is sin, which the Bible says, “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, will Jesus cause you to depart because you continue sinning, or do you “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12)?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses.

That is not all that Jesus took upon Himself. “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). And so, as Jesus took the infirmities and bore the sickness, remember “he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5). Therefore, “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not” (1 John 3:6). So, have you allowed Jesus to take away your sins?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick.

When we are sinning, technically, we are possessed of the devil for the Bible says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). How do we have the devil leave? The verse says, “with [his] word”, which we have today in the form of the Bible, and we are told “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, the more we spend in God’s Word, the more we shall have the devil leave us for “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, will you submit to God’s Word doing that which He commands and avoiding that which He tells us not to partake of?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Matthew 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

And that is the same thing that is to happen to the born-again Christian. Spiritually, the fever for sinning should leave us as become a new creature for “if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then we ought to arise out of the worldly ways for even Jesus prayed, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14-16). And then go and minister, share the gospel, for we are told “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So, at what point are you? Still sinning? Still involved in worldly ways? Not caring about sharing the gospel with others? Or have you been cured from your sinning, left the worldly ways behind you, and are actively sharing the gospel?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Matthew 8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.

As a spiritual application, some times life works us up into a fever, and what we need is for Jesus to be invited into our life. So, do you take on life in your might or through Jesus?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Matthew 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

What a wonderful miracle that was performed! And people, even of the Christians, read this and simply look at it just at face value to simply declare this as more evidence that Jesus indeed performed miracles and that the centurion exercised more faith than Jesus’ own people. But what about applying it to the present day? Specifically, what about our own life? Do we still have faith in the miracles of God? Do we need personal healing, especially of a spiritual nature that affects our physical? Many do. And to that, God says, “As you believe, it will be done”. So, will you go your way through the rest of your life believing you are healed from the act of sinning? Do you believe in the same hour that you request such from God that it is done? Just how strong is your belief?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Yet another verse that declares the end of literal Israel being God’s favorite people. Denominations that have theology focusing upon Israel being a player in end time prophecy are deceiving the people. And yes, it does matter, because the real prophecy is unfolding now. So, do you hold upon false theories regarding literal Israel, or do you understand the spiritual understanding of what Israel means (Galatians 3:29, Romans 2:28-29)?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Matthew 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Salvation is not for a literal country, it is worldwide for “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). So, have you received the true gospel?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard [it], he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Anyone that takes the Bible as the Word of God and acts upon it without evidence receives the same accommodation from Heaven, just like this centurion did when all he needed was Jesus’ Word. So, how great is your faith?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it].

No matter what level of authority we are at, even the president of the United States is subject to the command of God and will be judged. So, how humble is your heart towards Jesus?

Friday, February 08, 2019

Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

We too are unworthy, but “This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). And the word He speaks to every sinner, “thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14). So, do you accept Jesus at His Word and believe “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3)?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Matthew 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

Not only was Jesus so willing to heal the centurion’s servant, He is willing to heal us as well, for He says, “I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2). For us, it is not just a miracle that Jesus can perform, but we then must be willing to comply with His guidelines. “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, are you willing to comply, or do you carelessly live your life wandering why God allows health issues in your life when it is your fault?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Matthew 8:5-6 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

A gentile recognized Jesus to be Lord. Lord refers to a person that we are to submit our lives to. That is where we do not do our own thing but “we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22). So, do you keep God’s commandments and do all things pleasing in His sight, or do you have moments that you choose to be selfish instead?

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Matthew 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Jesus did not want the publicity. He knew that such a miracle would have caused a great stir. Some times we need to be careful in divulging things. It may not be to the glory of God. It may not be the right timing. There may be spiritual consequences. For instance, I know what the Mark of the Beast is. I do not dare blurt it out, for if one does not know who the beast (antichrist) is, the information more than likely will be rejected and the heart hardened. So, are you one that goes and tells anyways not seeing if you are doing God’s will, or do you check your information first with God’s will of timing?

Monday, February 04, 2019

Matthew 8:3 And Jesus put forth [his] hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

This happened immediately. Now, you may not have leprosy, but do you have a sin in your life that you continuously do, no matter how in frequent? Ask Jesus to remove it and believe that it can be removed immediately.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Which is harder? Heal a person from leprosy or keep a person from sinning? Good news! Jesus can do both. So, will you let Jesus “keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24)?

Friday, February 01, 2019

Matthew 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

“If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). It is one thing to claim the name Jesus and another to actually be a follower of Jesus. So, do you truly follow Jesus or just claim to be saved?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Matthew 7:29 For he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes.

And we have been given that authority too if we are “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). I, with authority, can state that the commandments are still binding, that when people die that they return to the dust, that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord our God, that Jesus is the Son of God, and many more things, including who the antichrist is, mark of the beast is, the image of the beast is, the seal of God is, and many more end time events that are and will unfold in the near future. All this I can tell you with authority when other preachers do not know these things, do not have answer when presented with verses that uplift commandment keeping when they are claiming grace does away with the law, are unable to make up their mind where a dead person really is, and so much more confusion. They do not know who the antichrist is, guess at the mark of the beast, do not teach about needing to have the seal of God, etc. So, do you want God’s authority in your life or are you simply just enjoying this world, patting yourself on the back as being an alright person headed to Heaven, at least you think so? Do you not want authority on that very important subject?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

Many are astonished today at true Bible doctrine, but it is not for the better. “What do you mean the Bible says that I’m not eternally saved no matter what I do?” “What do you mean I am to give up sinning?” “What do you mean Jesus is the only way of salvation?” “What do you mean ….” And so, does true Christianity astonish you, or are you living Christ’s doctrines?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Matthew 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

As a reminder, the rain, the floods, and the winds all comprise the final crisis on earth. Waters symbolically represent “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15) who are backed by the winds, which are false doctrines (Ephesians 4:14). Therefore, when all these false theories flood in, people will not be able to know what is of God and what is not of God unless they are in God’s Word. So, how grounded are you in God’s Word, or are you grounded by personal impression, societal acceptance, even social churches?

Monday, January 28, 2019

Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Now sand, as Abraham was shown (Genesis 22:17), represents people. And all those that rely on people, including themselves, are on unstable ground. Are you on unstable ground?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

The rain, the floods, and the winds all comprise the final crisis on earth. Waters symbolically represent “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15) who are backed by the winds, which are false doctrines (Ephesians 4:14). The multitudes of earth will be wrong, and that includes most Christians, but they will come after true believers accusing them of being a cult, not having sound doctrine, and ultimately going against the world’s agreed way of life (Revelation 13:11-17). But if we are rooted in the Word, we will survive. So, do you take the Bible as the Word of God or not?

Friday, January 25, 2019

Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

“That Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4) and the expectation is to keep His sayings, which have been recorded in the Bible, which means, are you keeping God’s Word or not?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Why are these Christians cast away as lost? Because they work iniquity. They are sinning and not stopping! It is a lie that people are being told that “everyone sins”. Yes, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but that is to be past tense! That means “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). So, are you teaching or showing by carelessness that people will just go on sinning right up to the second coming or death, whichever comes first?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

As we see, MANY Christians are going to be lost for they are calling Jesus by the name of “Lord”, using His name to cast out devils, and using His name to do many other works. All those external activities are meaningless if we are living in disobedience. So, are disobeying God while claiming to be saved, or are you living in obedience and also doing the works He asked us to do?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Just because people claim to be a Christian, for only Christians recognize Jesus as Lord, does not mean that they are going to Heaven. That means all those that claim “once saved, always saved” may be fooling themselves. The criteria for going to Heaven is not the belief alone but actually doing the “will of” the “Father which is in heaven”. Now, what is the will of the Father? David wrote, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). Besides, the new covenant is defined as, “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). So, are you keeping the law or not? Is the law in your heart or not?

Monday, January 21, 2019

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

And that is for judging purposes, again, not to condemn but to offer a better life and even a future eternal life. So, do you judge as Christ tells us to or do you listen to society saying, “Don’t judge me!”?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

And that is hell of course. So, are you just experiencing life until either death or the second coming without regard to your fellow man being fruitless towards God, or are you putting forth effort to win souls unto God’s kingdom?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

If a person is godly, as soon as they produce ungodliness, they are no longer a godly person, hence, it is impossible for a good tree to bring forth evil fruit. And there is no way an ungodly person can produce godliness. It is tainted by some means, even as simple as trying to gain attention, therefore, a corrupt tree cannot bring forth truly good fruit. So, which tree are you?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Even though some fruit may look good on a corrupt tree, overall, in time, it will reveal other motives showing that the fruit is actually bad, but a true tree will constantly produce good fruit. Some apples look good on the outside but are mushy on the inside. So, what type of tree are you?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

To know people by their fruits, their results, their actions, involves judgment. Therefore, Jesus indeed taught to judge, but we are to do it not to condemn but to help people into a better life, even a godly one. So, do you judge rightly?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

First, false prophets include preachers, in fact, that is what most of the false ones happen to be. Now, about these ravening wolves, are they atheists in disguise to destroy Christians? Are they pagans trying to trick Christians into worshipping a different god? Are they unconverted trying to cause people to become ungodly? Although people may cite examples, it is rare. The most influential are the Christians that are not wholly surrendered to God, so they are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4), that is, to make grace out to be more than God intended. Grace does not replace the law. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). So, have the ravening wolves convinced you that keeping the Ten Commandments is not necessary, or are you obeying God despite the wolves?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Matthew 7:14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

As we see, Jesus just declared that very few people are going to be saved despite most Christians believing they are saved. Why? Because true Christianity is strait, strict, narrow. True Christianity does not drink alcohol, watch Hollywood productions, listen to worldly music, advertise the world on shirts, etc. True Christianity keeps the Ten Commandments, obeys God Word, eats the right foods, etc. So, are you enjoying the world or are you following the strict rules of God?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Matthew 7:13 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:

Strait means strict. God has rules. He has at least Ten Commandments for rules. Anyone being taught a looser version of this is on the broad way to destruction. So, which path are you on?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

That means if a person desires good to be done unto themselves, they ought to treat others with goodness. If a person does not want to be ignored, do not ignore others. Now, when evil is returned unto us, that does not mean evil is to be returned back to them. So, how do you treat others?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

It is interesting that the average person is considered evil. When people think of evil, they think of murders, thieves, abusers, and other dark activities, but in reality, all of us have been evil, and if we continue even in one little sin, we are considered evil. Basically, a sinner is evil. The only time that we stop being evil is when “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10). Now with that in mind, even a person with evil tendencies knows how to give good gifts to their children. Then, when we ask of God, should you expect even a greater response from Him than from what humans have to offer? Therefore, do not be sad when we do not always get what we ask for nor when it is in a different form than what we had asked for.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Matthew 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Again, a good parent would not hand over a serpent when a fish is requested, but a really good parent would actually give that which is needed. And the same is with the Father in Heaven. And by the way, yesterday’s bread is symbolic of the Word of God (Matthew 4:4) while today’s fish is symbolic of being “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). So, do you just think physically or spiritually?

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Matthew 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

Here, we begin the comparison of earthly relationships with the heavenly one. Basically, as a good parent, if a child asks for bread, we will give them bread and not a stone. Of course, as a really good parent, we will give them what they really need. Therefore, we may not receive exactly what we ask from God, but we will get what we need from God. So, what are your expectations?

Monday, January 07, 2019

Matthew 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

And we are to ask, seek, and knock “with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37), and “let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6). So, how committed to God are you?

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Now none of these actions is for selfish reasons but for spiritual ones. Ask for forgiveness; ask for salvation; ask to be sanctified; ask to hate sin; ask to be used of God to help others out of darkness; etc.; and it shall be given unto us. Seek after the kingdom of God, the true kingdom, and we shall find it. Knock on the knowledge of the Bible and gradually, the door of knowledge will be open as it is a building block. So, what do you ask, seek, and knock for?

Friday, January 04, 2019

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

The Bible declares, “the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls” (Matthew 13:45), and we know that the Bible is considered “the holy scriptures” (Romans 1:2). Now, both dogs and swine are considered unclean animals (Leviticus 11), which symbolically represents unsaved people (Acts 10). Therefore, those that are not interested in becoming converted ought not to be given the holy scriptures, which is about the kingdom of God, otherwise, they will simply trample it. So, if you share the gospel with others, are you careful to choose who you share it with?

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

As stated, Jesus did not teach never to judge. The first step is to remove the blinding sin from our own lives before helping another. A person cannot fully help another out of sin while doing the same sin and even worse because to condemn the sin in another would make us more uncomfortable in our own sin. People will only offer a form of advice that justifies their own allowance. That is blindness. To tell someone, “You shouldn’t be watching that movie because of two mild but foul words in it” while enjoying “R” and even adult movies would not offer the ultimate advice… God does not want us watching any of it, even “G” rated for that would condemn our own enjoyment. And that is the truth. Even “G” rated movies offering no violence, no sex, no foul language, first is boring, but also subtly offers falsehoods or glorifies sin in one form or another, especially impatience and coveting. The frequent message of “follow your heart” is the opposite of what the Bible teaches, for instance. Having a fairy tale life is coveting. With the frequent scene changes and not show everything in “real time” creates impatience. So, have you removed the beam from your eye yet?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Matthew 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye?

Again, realizing a mote, which is a tiny piece of substance, like a splinter, is related to a wood beam in that they are in the same category. We are not talking about two different categories. Therefore, though we may have had various sins in our own life, that does not disqualify us from helping others out of their sins. The only restriction is that, there is no use in trying to help another out of their sin when we are practicing the same sin in a much bigger manner. For instance, we know that drinking caffeinated beverages is bad for the body. No use in trying to help someone out of that liquid poison when we may be drinking alcohol, where “Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Therefore, cast away the alcohol first and then help the other person out of their habit. And that goes for any sin. So, do you just let people destroy themselves, or are you willing to quit all of your sins so as to be most effective in helping others out of theirs?

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Matthew 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

People are quick to point out issues in other people’s lives while ignoring their own. As we will see, this in nowise cancels out our duty to help people out of their situation, but a caution is being placed upon that activity. This is because we are told, “if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 33:8), and “shew my people their transgression” (Isaiah 58:1). A person is ineffective of helping someone to quit the smoking of three cigarettes a day habit while they are keeping their habit of two packs a day. One cannot help another from stopping the use of mild curse words while every sentence they speak is spoken with the worst of curse words and plentifully. So, are you blind to your own use of the same thing being condemned, or have you rid yourself of those things also?

Monday, December 31, 2018

Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Again, when people start classing groups into having no hope, such will be upon us. The Bible already sets the standards, so we need not worry about judging actions for Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). Therefore, judging is not condemned when a person identifies a practicing sinner who refuses to stop sinning, but to say all who have ever committed a certain sin cannot see Heaven, that is condemned. So again, do you judge righteously (John 7:24), or do you not judge, which is in itself condemned (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

This does not declare that we are not to be judging for Jesus then says, “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). This is not a contradiction. It is the understanding of the two types of judging. A person committing adultery is easy to be judged as a practicing sinner, should lose church office if they are in an office and possibly be disfellowshipped. We know this judging is allowed because we evaluate such for our own lives. Is adultery fun? I would imagine so. Is it right to do and stay true to God? Absolutely not. There, you just judged. Now, on the other hand, if I judged that all those whoever have committed adultery will never be saved, that is the judging that we are not to judge. There seems to be this list of people going to Heaven and the dregs of society are left out. Nonsense! Everyone that repents, which means to stop doing it, has opportunity for Heaven. That is what the Pharisees practiced. They judged that all tax collectors, all prostitutes, and many others were doomed to hell without any opportunity of repentance, hence why Jesus got into an argument about judging. So, do you righteously judge the activity to be sinful or not and help those who are sinful out of there sins while never condemning a “once a sinner, always a sinner”?

Friday, December 28, 2018

Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.

Please note the clarification: We are not to worry about tomorrow’s problems for there are enough problems for today. Planning appointments does not fit into this category. Preparing for a future event is not part of this either. It is all about stressing regarding things not yet here. How many times do people stress over things that are apparently a certainty to only find out that it was not so certain after all? That is because God has a thousand ways of making things work out. So, how much do you stress over things that are in the future?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

First does not mean that there is a second. First means only. As soon as we seek the kingdom of God while trying to enjoy worldly activities, we no longer are able to obtain that righteousness. We are being tainted. “I want to have Christ’s righteousness as long as…”, and if we can finish that sentence with something significant in our lives, then we are fooling ourselves into thinking we are saved. To say, “as long as I don’t lose my job” is putting the job in front of God. To say, “as long as I don’t lose my friends” is putting friends before God. “As long as I don’t have to give up what I like eating and drinking” is putting food and drink before God. So, are you trying to mix anything of the world while convincing yourself that you have Christ’s righteousness?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Now, as Christians going around getting stressed out over providing for their own needs and not being able to some times, they show no difference between them and non-Christians when there ought to be a difference. By stressing over these things like the unsaved do, why would they be encouraged to be a Christian then? And today, it has become very political. Christians join in voicing their strong opinions for or against policies when they should take Jesus’ example of staying out of politics. Disagreeable laws will be enacted and even be repealed. Leave such to politics. We ought to be about our Father’s business. By joining in the stress through conversation, like, “They better not pass…”, they have set a poor example. So, what example do you set, including strong opinions on government policies as well as the stressful situations of life? Do you stress with them, or do you show peace of mind?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Jesse means "I possess". Jesse is also the father of King David, which means that Jesse is in the blood line pointing to Jesus, and Jesus is the Branch. So, are you spiritually connected to the Branch?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Now, that does not mean we become lazy and depend upon God to feed, clothe, and even provide shelter, though not listed. God provides by any means He wants, including providing employment for us. But, when it comes to stressing out over the necessities, do you trust in God to provide even the necessities of life?

Monday, December 24, 2018

Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?

And so, how much faith do you have in God and His provision for your every need?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

And with Solomon brought in as an example, this also addresses everyone that says, “If I were rich, it would be easier to follow Jesus.” Nonsense! In all of Solomon’s wealth, he is declared to be no more beautiful than the simple lily. So, is lack of wealth or even too much wealth holding you back from being a fully committed Christian? Do you try to appear in any manner than simply being oneself, or do you give into fashion, makeup, jewelry, etc. instead?

Friday, December 21, 2018

Matthew 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

See what God can provide, or do you not believe God created the lilies by simply speaking them into existence?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Now, all that stress that people submit themselves to, can any of it make a person become taller? Of course not. So, is there anything you stress about unnecessarily?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Now, if God takes care of the animals, can we not trust in God to provide for our every need? Of course, we can. Additionally, did you catch the anti-animal activists’ message? Animal activists place animals on equal levels of respect with humans. Additionally, evolutionists teach we evolved from the same goop and at the same time putting no difference between humans and other lifeforms other than in what we evolved into. Of course, they try to equate us with apes and declare how intelligent they are, as well as with other creatures. Jesus says, “Are ye not much better than they?” Yes, we are, but we do need to properly manage these creatures. Hunting them to extinction is not proper management, nor is neglect and abuse. So, can you trust in God for your every need, and show proper management skills towards God’s creatures?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

We are not to worry about such things as these. Then what should we concern ourselves if providing for our basic needs is not to be stressed over, which is different than planning a purchase? Salvation. Are you secure in the Lord for salvation sake?

Monday, December 17, 2018

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Many times people can fake it. They are called hypocrites. Unfortunately, many do not know they are guilty because “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Now, a converted person can know their heart, especially if they repent over every manner of wrong doing and live to not do it again. A formal life of a Christian is not Christianity. Doing good, going to church, singing great, giving money all are good practices, but anyone can do that and still turn around and enjoy gossip, enjoy laziness, ignore opportunities to share the gospel, watch filth on TV, use foul language, etc. So, do you serve God wholly or not?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great [is] that darkness!

That does not mean every action is evil. Evil people can do good things to accomplish their evil goal. Also, keep in mind, evil is the opposite of holy. Things being “not so bad” is evil! Somewhere along the lines people have been deceived into thinking acceptable life, though it is not holy, is somehow acceptable to God. It is not! It is evil. So, do you harbor evil in your heart at any level, or have you surrendered all to God?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

And the item that we should be singular towards is Heaven. Everything we do, say, and think ought to be regarding Heaven. That does not mean that it is the only conversation, but our actions have to be evaluated upon the merits of leading to Heaven or Hell. Christian employees will faithfully put in the required hours and not simply be clock punchers, showing up and punching a clock to start and stop work but giving the employer minimum activity. Housework will be faithfully done. Joking and jesting will not be part of a Christian’s life either. Going to the movies will not be an activity of a Christian. So, is your life single to God or shared with self?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

So, what occupies your time and investments revealing your heart?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

And those treasures are primarily every effort and funds spent in trying to win souls directly and indirectly. Specifically, returning a faithful tithe and offering and giving of our time to conduct studies with others is laying up those treasures. So, how much do you give to God in time and money?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Just what on earth lasts forever and is not subject to any of these things? Nothing. So, why not surrender your life to Jesus completely that offers something that will last forever?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Matthew 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Which reward would you like to have? Praise of humans and die eternally in the end, or praise of God and live eternally?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Matthew 6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face.

That principle also applies to dealing with difficult matters of a personal nature. After we may have had a good cry, after we may have sweated over the matter, do not let others see our scars. Wash our face and present ourself as best as possible. So, how do you present yourself to others? In manner that begs others to ask, “What’s going on?” creating selfish attention, or clean faced and as bright as possible counting it all joy in tribulation?

Friday, December 07, 2018

Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

When through our demeanor, the face we portray and actions we perform try to draw attention not only to fasting but to things we ought not share with others but are hoping someone would ask, “Why the sad face?”, so we can divulge since they asked, we are a hypocrite. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). The notion that we “just need to talk to someone about it” while that person is unable to truly help is of the devil. The notion to draw sympathy from others when they cannot contribute to solving the situation is of the devil. Go about with a happy demeanor despite the fact that we may lose our house, job, car, etc., even life itself. If someone can help, then that is different. So, do you let everyone else know you are struggling with personal stuff that others cannot help with by your demeanor, or do you still represent Christ through your difficulties?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Now, who wants to continue to tell me that works are not involved in salvation? If we are not forgiven, we are lost. Therefore, “the works” that must be performed, in this case, is forgiveness towards others. Just like “the works” we must perform when under grace is obedience to God’s Ten Commandments. But even in these two sentences, something is still missing. It is not about “must”, where it implies that we have to grit our teeth and do something we do not want to do. On the contrary, if we forgive others with our mouths and try to convince ourselves that we have forgiven another even though we really have not, then it does not count. As David wrote, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). We ought to reach a point where we say, “Thank you God for forgiving me. Your generosity causes me to delight in forgiving others.” Likewise, “Thank you God for grace. Your generosity causes me to delight in obedience to your commandments.” The only “must” about this is that if we think, “Oh, thank you for your grace and if I’m obedient, fine, if not, thanks for Heaven anyways”, or “Thanks for forgiveness, but I will just avoid the person that I have a grudge against and play nice towards them if we meet so no one sees grudging activity.” We are not getting into Heaven where no grudges are held and no sinning happens by us holding grudges and sinning here, which “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). We are to practice being of Christ (Christian) now, not when we get to Heaven. So, how is that forgiving others going?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Notice that forgiveness is not a matter of just telling God our sin or sins and expect forgiveness, but as we forgive others who sin against us, then our Heavenly Father will forgive us of our sins. So, anyone that we have a grudge against will prevent our sins from being forgiven. This is regarding those that seek forgiveness from us, but those that persist in being evil, we are not expected to just let them continue to treat us in the evil manner they do. We still do not hold a grudge, but we need the spirit of readiness to forgive without restraint. So, are you holding any grudges?

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

In part 6, we focus on the word “for ever. Amen.” The word “forever” means throughout eternity. And “Amen” means that we are in agreement with the whole thing, in this case, the whole prayer. Too many agree only with the opener and closure because of their lifestyle. There is no continued repentance, obeying God’s commandments, forgiving others, etc. So, how much do you want eternity, enough to include the middle part as well? Are you in complete agreement with Jesus’ requirements in His prayer for us?

Monday, December 03, 2018

Isaiah 10:16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

Against the lost, hell fire is that burning fire, but even through everyday life, leanness of spirit will always exist in the worldly people despite how “fat” they are with riches, “having it all together”, getting out life what they want, etc. Life without Christ is leanness. Are you lean at all?

Monday, December 03, 2018

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

In part 5, we focus on the word “glory”. We either give Satan glory by continuing to sin or we give God glory by ceasing from our sins. Peter even wrote, “For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God” (1 Peter 2:20). So, when things do not go well, who do you give glory to? Satan by complaining or God by taking it patiently?

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

In part 4, regarding this verse, we focus upon the word “power”. This is something that most Christians would deny exists (2 Timothy 3:5), while others believe “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). So, do you deny God’s power to overcome sin or are you overcoming sin by His power?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

In part 3 regarding this verse, we will now look at “thine is the kingdom”, which is different, believe it or not, from “Thy kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). As stated prior, “Thy kingdom come” is our personal relationship towards God in the state of repentance. “Thine is the kingdom”, put in modern speak, means that “it is all about God’s kingdom.” It is still on a spiritual basis but this addresses the principle, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 19:19). In other words, we will now, because our wants and desires ought to be different now as a Christin, be willing to be used of God to go out and reach others so that they too can enjoy God’s kingdom. So, how active are you in sharing the gospel?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Isaiah 10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, [that] when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

In the last days, Assyria represents Babylon, the king being “the beast”. What shall happen to the antichrist beast? “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20). Now, the followers do not get off the hook. And what determines if one is a follower or a non-follower? “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). So, do you have the right doctrines?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

In part 2 regarding this verse, “Deliver us from evil” can be understood by Jesus’ own words, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). Evil is all around us and becoming a Christian does not make it all disappear. Becoming a Christian means that we do not participate in it. We need a desire to be kept from becoming contaminated with evil. There is evil in food choices, entertainment, social events, etc. We need to choose wisely what we feed our bodies, watch with our eyes, and participate in. And the home, above all else, should be a safe haven. True Christians do not watch entertainment that uses foul words justifying it by saying, “Well, that is what the real world is like.” We ought to be able to have an evil free zone within the borders of our home. So, despite having to go out into the world, how guarded are you regarding your home?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

There is too much to cover in one simple post, so focusing upon “lead us not into temptation” is not regarding God leading us in and out of temptation for “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” (James 1:13). We are basically asking God to not let us to our own desires for the heart naturally desires to sin. We are asking God to show us the way out of the temptation. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, do you embrace temptation to the point that when you fall into sin you claim, “Well, I’m only human”, or do you seriously pray to God in the time of temptation to show you the way out?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

We are not forgiven of our sins if we are not forgiving others of their sins towards us. So, are you holding a grudge against anyone?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

And that is not referring to food on the table but rather a reference to God’s Word. Daily we are to be in God’s Word, not in a formality way but in serious searching the scriptures to become a better vessel to be used of God, to actually become a holy person. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you spending daily time, like an hour, each day in God’s Word?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.

People who are surface readers do not see the deeper meaning. Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17), therefore, “Thy kingdom come” is a call to repentance. Stop sinning and be sorry for it. Again, surface readers do not see what is meant regarding God’s will being done. The whole earth is not going to do God’s will. Besides, this is supposed to be a personal conversation with God. So, what on earth compared to Heaven is Jesus referring to then? “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). And on top of that David tells us what God’s will is: “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). Live in obedience to the Ten Commandments, even perfectly. And if you do not think that is a possibility, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). How? “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 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” (2 Peter 1:3-4). And again, if you still do not think it is possible then you are part of prophecy: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). Now, will you repent of all your sins by the grace of God, stop doing those sins by the power of God, and obey God’s commandments, or will you continue to fool yourself thinking you are saved?

Friday, November 23, 2018

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Please note that Jesus said that He was giving a manner, a pattern, an example, and not specific words to be repeated over and over. Jesus just got done criticizing the worthlessness of such activity. Then Jesus directs the attention to the Father. The beginning of each prayer should be a directed to the Father getting our eyes off of the problems we have. Further, by properly addressing the Father, identifying Who He is with more than saying, “Our Father”, we begin to see that our problem is but a small matter in comparison to God’s mighty power. The next reflective part of the prayer is regarding God’s name. This is not where we begin thinking of the names Yahweh, Jehovah, God, Father, Lord, etc. In Exodus 33:19, God said to Moses, “I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee” (Exodus 33:19). And in Exodus 34:5-7, when God proclaimed His name, it was all about His character. In other words, name and reputation and character and even the word “glory” all mean the same thing. And so, we are told to behold God’s name, His character, His glory, which in turn allows a principle to take effect in us: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). This is the important part of the prayer. It is not the petition but the character we have regarding the petition. It ought to be Christ-like. So, do you pray the “Lord’s prayer” vainly, or do you approach God to be more like Him?

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

So, how much time do you spend asking God for things of the world instead of spiritual items?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Isaiah 10:4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.

Continuous rebellion against God’s ways, primarily obedience to His commandments, will be met with anger. The ultimate anger is called “the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:10), which is defined as “great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). So, do you live in rebellion to God’s commands or obedience to them?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

God wants us to talk to Him from the heart. If we were to talk to someone face to face and simply say, “I am doing well. I really like being with you. I am doing well. I really like being with you. I am doing well. I really like being with you.”, how productive would that conversation be? Not very productive in generating a long-lasting relationship. As a former Catholic, that is exactly what we were taught to do – vain repetitions of what was called Hail Marys, Our Fathers, Glory bes, and many other canned prayers. But even as a non-Catholic, it is so easy to fall into the same trap of constantly using the same words towards God. When we are to press our petitions to Him until we get an answer, we still have the ability to change up the wording. “Lord, I have this decision to make. Please help me.” “Lord, I really want to make the right decision, please guide me.” “Lord, I don’t want to make a mistake in a decision that I have before me, please inspire me to make the right choice.” So, do you just babble to God, or do you give heart felt wording to your prayers?

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

The closet is a private place and not a literal closet. Plead your case before God, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). That is what the reward will be, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). In other words, a righteous person will not be asking for a new car, new house, even to make more money. A righteous person will be asking for the power of God to be an overcomer and a productive witness winning souls for the kingdom. So, even if you pray in a secret place, is your expected reward physical or spiritually focused?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

It is not only prayer but all forms of outward display of Christianity is condemned here. Only our good works are to speak outwardly. Wearing Christian jewelry is actually wearing pagan idols on top of the fact that many Christians who wear such do so while committing sin. Even some mafia thugs wear Catholic symbols. Madonna in the 1980’s put out very provocative videos while covered in Christian jewelry. So, is your Christianity something you wear or declare, or are you a Christian?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Matthew 6:3-4 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Another way of saying it is, “Don’t mouth what you are planning to do.” Some people speak their mind out loud not intending for anyone to hear them, but when it comes to doing righteous deeds, performing sacrifices, etc., it is to be done in secret. We cannot always do it in secret, but we surely can do our best to minimize the publicity. So, do you do righteous deeds in secret, or do you let others know, even by not controlling the tongue?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Matthew 6:2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

So, which reward do you want? The quick, here on earth, soon to be forgotten, or the one that will last throughout eternity?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

We are not to do good and then tell others so as to receive praise. Now, this is different than testimony time if the motive is right. When done, souls can be prayed for. So, when you do good towards others or you sacrifice for a godly reason, is it between you and God, or do you go and tell others too outside of testimony time?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

So, do you believe you can be perfect? If not, you call Jesus a liar, over demanding, and exaggerating. We are supposed to “be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). That is being perfect. The reason people cannot be perfect is because of selfishness. They do not want to be completely holy. If they were, they cannot eat anything they want; they cannot drink anything they want; they cannot watch whatever they want; they cannot go to anyplace they want; they cannot be with certain people that they want…. Basically, their life ends. But this is what is meant by “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). If a person looks upon true Christianity as a drudgery, then do not sign up! It is true that there are a whole lot of things that people who become true Christians cannot do anymore but “no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11). In other words, not being able to watch foul language movies helps our character; we will not be using such words, even by accident. It is for our benefit. Restricted diet helps with staying healthy and not having to pop pills just to live, a requirement of a Christian. The bottom line is that all the preachers that teach an easy salvation are lying to people, hence why the Bible teaches that most Christians are going to hell (Matthew 7:21-23). So again, do you “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14), or do you not want to experience depravity and enjoy the world instead?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Matthew 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?

Kindness for strangers and even those that people in generally do not like is what sets a true Christian apart from the average person. So, are you above average, just average, or below?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Matthew 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

Does not everyone enjoy the company and willing to do things for others that are pleasant and do nice things back? Of course. But are you able to keep it up for those that do not appreciate it or even are nasty?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Isaiah 9:17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one [is] an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.

The fatherless, the widows, and even young men are to usually be sympathized with, however, God sees through the hypocrisy of putting on the outward show of being needy when in fact they are not. Today, we have a whole bunch of Christians that put on disobedience because they nailed the law to the cross and God’s anger is not turned away from them. Those that should be His representatives are actually bringing on a bad reputation. So, what do you show forth as a Christian, disobedience or obedience?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Just because a person becomes a Christian, there is no special treatment. Both the good and evil, just and the unjust receive God’s blessings. If anything, it is Satan that turns up the heat towards Christians so that they give up their faith. Now, are you one that thinks they receive special privileges because of having the title Christian, or do you realize that your special reward awaits you in Heaven?

Friday, November 09, 2018

Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

What is meant to love your enemies? It does not mean a person has to be in their presence, treat them as a friend, or go out of one’s way to pal with them. Instead of saying, “Well, they’ll get theirs in hell!”, we ought to be looking for ways to win them to Christ, more so than those that we would consider our friends. Therefore, we will not curse them to hell but bless them with trying to bring Christ into their lives. Do the good thing instead of the revengeful thing, like not waving a fist at someone who is rude. And when we encounter such people, we ought to be praying for them instead of giving up on them. So, do you love your enemies?

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Now, as wise stewards of what God has blessed us with, this is not a blanket verse that tells Christians to help every beggar, every thief, every person that just is greedy to take. If that were the case, then Satan would send such people to every Christian to bleed them dry and the Christian movement would go bankrupt. Jesus Himself stated, “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always” (Matthew 26:11). Therefore, we need to be wise with our funds. Help the truly needy. If our neighbor needs to borrow something, even though every week they ask to borrow the same thing making us think, “Why don’t you just buy your own?”, we are to still give and not turn them away. So, do you get annoyed by the numerous requests to borrow or be in need, or do you graciously and properly give?

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

We are not to consider doing favors for someone as a drudgery but rather to see what else we can help with. This is not just about a journey as it is that if someone asks for help, do more than help them, see what further help one can offer. If someone asks, “Can you help rake up my leaves?”, offer to bag them and take them to the curb. If someone asks, “Can you help me with a leaky pipe?”, if you can help, offer to cheek for other leaks. So, just how helpful are you towards others, or are you selfish with your time?

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also.

In fact, we ought to avoid “brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 6:6). Even though we may be in the right, we always have to keep in mind what the world will think of our religious representation of God’s kingdom. So, do you go to court against your brother, and if you are the one being sued, do you appeal, or do you turn the other cheek?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Matthew 5:38-39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

The spirit of getting even is not in a true Christian. They surrender such, even if they are disadvantaged. This does not forbid walking away from a situation, but many not only get even, but in attempt to prevent further retaliation, they will up the response a little above that which was received. And that is definitely unbiblical. We do not see Jesus hanging on the cross commanding the angels to slaughter those responsible for His death. It is this self-control that hopefully changes the other person or at least an observer. So, what spirit do you have? Making sure all is even, or concerned for winning souls by biting the tongue, withholding the name calling, withholding a get even response?

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Matthew 5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Too many times people will try to fool others. They will say one thing and use their eyes or body language to indicate another. Sarcasm of using the opposite of what one means is also condemned speech. So is exaggeration, the so-called little lies, and holding back pertinent information that would cause the other person to change their mind. This may include major issues with a car for sale, major issues with a house for sale, or even knowing inside information that may net a substantial gain. Our answers are also not to be covering both sides. They are to be either in the firm one way or the other if one has such a response. Not knowing which to decide and being wishy washy about it is not covered here. It is knowledgeable responses that are trying to give a yes and no answer at the same time so as not to appear in the unexpected light to the person asking the questions. So, how is your communication?

Friday, November 02, 2018

Matthew 5:31-32 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Only adultery is the basis for divorce yet, even in the Christian community, divorce over non-adultery situations is prevalent. Additionally, the one that caused the divorce is never to remarry and yet they do. So, are you involved in anything like this and have to make things as right as possible, or are you staying far away from the tangled affairs of divorce and remarriage by trying to live happy married life?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Literally, we are not to disfigure ourselves, therefore, spiritually the right hand as opposed to the left one is approval. If a person’s actions lead to sin by approving each activity that leads up to it, then we need to stop and walk away, sometimes literally like Joseph. Some people feel they are strong to still go to a bar and not participate in drinking, dancing, gambling, and some places, even smoking. That is a lie. It still has an effect. The Bible says, “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word” (Psalms 119:101). So, do you watch your actions avoiding those things that lead to sin?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Literally, we are not to disfigure ourselves, therefore, spiritually the right eye as opposed to the left one is approval. If a person is easily persuaded into sin by the approving eye, watching content that ought not be watched, we are told to spiritually pluck it out, which means, literally to close our eyes, to turn our eyes away. So what if everyone is watching porn, close your eyes to it! So what if people go to the beach and look at hot bodies, do not go! So what if society finds brief nudity and suggestive acts as well as blood and guts being spilt acceptable in a movie, do not watch it! “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). Do not let the eyes lead into sin is the point of the verse. So, how are you doing in closing your eyes to sin?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Again, Jesus did not do away with the Ten Commandments but defined what it meant to walk after the spirit of the law and not the letter only. Again, the word “whosoever” is for everyone. And here we see that the spirit of the law is that which is in the mind. Of course, no one would jump physically into adultery without first crossing the spiritual line. In other words, no one can break the “letter” of the law and yet say, “I’m keeping the spirit of the law!” My point is that such is true for all Ten Commandments. Those that keep Sunday holy without a bible text to support such claim to keep the spirit of the fourth commandment to which is directed at keeping the seventh day holy. What nonsense! Such a person is a lawbreaker and lawbreakers are not going to Heaven. So, how are you doing on that keeping of God’s commandments spiritually as well as physically?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Matthew 5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

This is the result of being sent to prison when one has left pride try to get a better deal than settling out of court. Again, we are not to compromise on the Word of God, but will you settle matters quickly that can be settled out of court?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Some people who have a disagreement may wait for a trial to get a better offer when it is better to just settle the matter as quickly as possible if they are open to it. Obviously, this does not include matters of conscience, but if an accident happened, it is better to settle the matter than to take it to court risking increased costs or even prison. So, would pride get in your way of settling a matter, or would you do as the scriptures say to do?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Notice that the person giving to God, which not only includes a gift of money but even of time and coming to God in prayer, if they have the issue with another that gift is to be put on hold and apologize to the other person, otherwise “The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 15:8). Remember, if a person is not right with God, they are wicked. Now, it does not tell us the reaction of the other person. If they continue to hold a grudge, that is between them and God, but the person with the gift can have a clear conscience and offer it to God. This is especially true on doctrinal issues. We are not to come to a compromise with another person but rather stand on the truth and if the truth is not agreeable to the other person, there is no forcing a change, but we have done our duty. So, do you have a grudge against someone, or do you have a clear conscience?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Matthew 5:21-22 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Jesus said, “Whosoever”. That is not just the Pharisees. That is not just the Jews. That is WHOSOEVER! That includes everyone. And so, if a “saved” Christian avoids killing yet is angry without a spiritual cause, they are in danger of going to hell. That means there is no “once saved, always saved”. Any Christian can change their mind about Christ at any time and choose to be selfish. This is what is meant by “we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6), and “the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). In other words, Jesus did not do away with the commandments, He made people realize how deep it goes. Literally by the letter a person may not kill but do not think such a person will be going to Heaven. They must also keep the spirit of the law. So, do you disregard the commandments? Do you simply cast away the “letter” for the “spirit” of the law thinking that one can break the literal commandments as long as the spirit of the law is kept? Or do you keep the spirit of the law fulfilling the letter also?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). So, it is not that Jesus made life easier doing away with the commandments but rather the difference is to do the commandments, in God’s strength, from the heart. The Pharisees were all about form. Jesus addressed the heart by declaring even our thoughts are of concern. This why the new covenant is not the doing away with the law, but rather, God says, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). So, is your righteousness exceeding the Pharisees of old or not?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

There are not two sections in Heaven. This is from Heaven’s perspective looking down at us. And when Heaven declares a person to be least, they are lost. When Heaven declares a person great, they are saved. So, are you breaking the commandments and telling others that the commandments are not important, or are you living them and teaching others to obey them as well? Are you least or great in the eyes of Heaven?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

And all is not fulfilled! How do I know? Heaven and earth have not passed away yet, therefore, none of God’s commandments have been changed or be done away with. So, do you call Jesus a liar by believing the cross ended commandment keeping, or do you take Jesus at His Word and love Him by keeping His commandments as He asks (John 14:15)?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Fulfill does not mean that Christ followers are not to obey the law and the prophets, the Old Testament. Jesus in fulfilling was living out the prophecies and show an example of how to be an overcomer. For us, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21). So, are you obeying the law and the prophets as God expects, or are you carelessly contradicting the verse thinking that fulfill is some synonym to destroying the requirements thereof despite the verse telling us that such is not the objective of God?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Fulfill does not mean that Christ followers are not to obey the law and the prophets, the Old Testament. Jesus in fulfilling was living out the prophecies and show an example of how to be an overcomer. For us, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21). So, are you obeying the law and the prophets as God expects, or are you carelessly contradicting the verse thinking that fulfill is some synonym to destroying the requirements thereof despite the verse telling us that such is not the objective of God?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Good works is not only doing good towards others but also “the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12). So, included in your good works, are you also keeping the holy, just, and good Ten Commandments, which is symbol of the transformation power of God turning sinners into holy, obedient people?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Many people, including Christians, believe that religion is a personal choice and relationship with God. This verse clearly teaches that it is not. Our light that we are to be is not just showing through our actions to be a Christian but to share the knowledge that we have. For instance, if a person discovered a cure for cancer with no side effects, should that information be kept private? Of course not! Then why is it that the saving message that is found only in Jesus Christ, which Christ is where we get Christian from, are so many willing to hide it? Are you hiding it or sharing it?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

So, what light are you showing? Sin showing that Satan is greater than God, or are you showing that you have overcome sin showing God is greater than Satan?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Now, if a person loses their relationship with Jesus, backslides into the world, they are no long saved. How much clearer do we get that “once saved, always saved” is a security lie? So, do you still have that positive Christian influence in the world, or does the world influence you?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Again, it is not just an all-out attack simply because one is a person, a Christian, but it is for those who are actually living the principles of Jesus. When one lives according to the commandments, the utterance of “legalist” or “works” is a false attack. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). When people make it difficult to live the Christian life by being upset over the diet, the lack of worldly music or entertainment, the needing of ending the work week early on Fridays before sunset, etc., that is a type of persecution. When people jest with “goody-two-shoes” and harsher phrases, that is a type of reviling. We ought to not get upset but rejoice and not only be glad but exceedingly glad. We shall have a great reward when we get to Heaven. And during those challenging times, it is not easy to take the reviling, persecution, and false accusations, so remember the prophets and how they were treated. Now, do you expect to be treated any differently when prophets and even Jesus were reviled, persecuted, and falsely accused?

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Matthew 5:10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Please notice that a person is not blessed just because they are being persecuted as a Christian. It is persecution for righteousness’ sake. And the definition in the Bible is “he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). And what will such people be doing? “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2:21). Keeping the commandments is the answer. And “the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:4). So, how are you in regards to the doing of righteousness sake?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Matthew 5:9 Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Seeing that Jesus is “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) that means that all of the godly peacemakers are those that lead people out of sin and connect with Jesus. So, how many souls have you worked with to lead to Jesus?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Matthew 5:8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

So many people think that it is all about actions. If all the actions are good then they are right with God, and that is not so. It is the heart - what people feel and think. Just because a person does not have opportunity to commit the sin, by keeping the desire alive in the heart, it is sin. So, what is in your heart?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Matthew 5:7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

While “the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12), God’s people are merciful. While many expect mercy but do not want to dish it out (Matthew 18:23-35), God’s people do and do it before they receive mercy themselves. So, how merciful are you?

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Matthew 5:6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Only the righteous get to go to Heaven, therefore, wanting to be righteous should be a desire of ours, however, this verse states that we must go deeper than just a desire and actually hunger and thirst after it. To hunger means that a person is so hungry that they are about faint and would eat just about anything. Likewise, to thirst means that they are so parched and the first opportunity for a drink of water would be very much satisfying. Now, every day, do you have that hunger and thirst, or are you hungering and thirsting after the next movie to come out, the next episode on TV, the next night out at a restaurant, the next gathering of friends or family, the next vacation spot, etc.?

Monday, October 08, 2018

Matthew 5:5 Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Do you want to inherit the earth, which is where eternity will center from? If so, then be meek instead of proud.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Matthew 5:4 Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

This is not continuous sadness for dead people, but rather mourning over the sinfulness of the planet, the accepted deceptions, the blindness that is so thick. Do you have such a concern for the fellow human beings?

Friday, October 05, 2018

Matthew 5:3 Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Those that think they are smarter than the Bible are definitely not poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to be open to God’s Word. So, are you?

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Matthew 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Do you believe what Jesus taught, or do you believe everyone is allowed to believe whatever they would like and still go to Heaven?

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

Climbing a mountain can be steep, at least it was steep enough to keep the multitudes away. A mountain, as you know, is a higher altitude. Jesus’ disciples did not shirk their relationship with Jesus because He went up into the mountain but came up to Jesus at the higher altitude. Likewise on a spiritual basis, Paul wrote, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” So, do you personally meet that higher calling of Jesus to live a life very much different than what the world offers?

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Matthew 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and [from] Decapolis, and [from] Jerusalem, and [from] Judaea, and [from] beyond Jordan.

Galilee means "Circuit"; Decapolis means "ten cities", Jerusalem is the “City of God”, Judaea means "he shall be praised", and Jordan means "the descender". Jesus said, “Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:16-17). And we do praise God for out of the heavenly Jerusalem descended His Son. So, are you a faithful servant that is willing to follow Jesus wherever He leads?

Monday, October 01, 2018

Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

Interestingly, the same was said of the apostles as well (Acts 4:16-17), but why is it not so today? Well, Christians have a false hierarchy in which the ministers are to go forth while non-ministers simply attend church and donate, which is wrong. All of us are to go forth. Secondly, Christians live like worldly people putting no difference between those of the world and those that are to be Christian, hence, nothing stands out as a difference. So, how is it with you? Are you a true Christian or just in name only?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

And we too are preach “the everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6) as well as bring the health message to others, but it begins with us obeying the gospel and living the health message. So, how are you doing with both of these?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Matthew 4:21-22 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

Again, we draw the attention to James’ and John’s reaction. This is not a verse about Jesus collecting two more disciples but rather upon how quickly they responded. Today, God calls everyone to know Him by spending each day in His Word. And when a passage is encountered to cause one to choose between selfishness and obedience, again we are called. The question is, do you respond to both callings immediately?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Matthew 4:18-20 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left [their] nets, and followed him.

Are you like Peter and Andrew responding to God’s calling doing so immediately, or do you drag your feet?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Are you listening to Jesus’ words? Have you repented from all of your sins, which means to not only be sorry for sinning but to stop by the grace of God?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Matthew 4:15-16 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, [by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Many today sit in great darkness despite going to church every week. People are being taught to disregard the scriptures in one form or another, usually presented in a way that sounds correct. They say that Hebrews was written for Hebrew people; Luke was written for physicians; etc. Even the commandments are said to be written for Old Testament people, yet preserved to us by miracles is the whole Bible. So, will you accept all of the light or listen to these fancy preachers shred up the Bible?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Matthew 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

Again, Jesus fulfilled prophecy and for us, we are to fulfill His prayers (John 17:11), His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13), His intentions for us (Ephesians 1:5). So, how are you doing on living up to fulfilling these?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Matthew 4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

Capernaum, "village of comfort", Zabulon, “a habitation”, and Nephthalim, “wrestling”, reveals to us that Jesus brings comfort and a promised habitation in the future and a present indwelling in the heart but it involves wrestling “because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:7-9). So, do you follow the desires and cravings and the dictates of the body or do you follow after the conviction of the Holy Spirit, Who “will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8)?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Matthew 4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

John is an example of what will happen in the last days. “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake” (Luke 21:12). Worry not though for Jesus will separate Himself to give power to endure. So, how much do you trust in Jesus to strengthen you through difficult times?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” So, we have the same power over the devil as Jesus exampled. This requires a constant submission to God, which again, is what Jesus’ life was all about. So, will you live a submissive life to God every moment of your life?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

So, do you worship yourself by thinking about yourself first, or do you worship God and be used of Him in the manner in which He calls you to be despite what consequences may happen to yourself?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

So, the devil lies, cheats, and steals. As Jesus saw through Satan’s words, we too need to see through the words of people we speak with. How many times do kidnappers, thieves, and other criminals propose an ultimatum? Do people really believe that such people who are already breaking the law are going to keep their word? And if they do, what stops them from putting people into the same position again later? This is why a good leader will not discuss plans with terrorists. Nothing belongs to a terrorist. They simply need to stop. They should not be given money, an agreement, or anything. Likewise, when a rapist says, “Give me your body and I will let you go unharmed”, the answer should be, “No!” And so, when anyone offers any compromise with sin, the answer should be “No!” So, to keep friends and make peace with the family, do you compromise? Or do you stay firm to your godly principles?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

James 4:4 says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” True Christians will have a sacrificing life. They will cease much of the movies, TV, music, going to popular places, enjoying the company of worldly friends and family, and much more. In the eyes of those driven by fun, it is a deprived life just as Jesus’ life was, but we are told, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). Now, what the devil does is tempt people by saying through others, “Do you really want to be a Christian? You won’t be able to…”, but Jesus said, “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). Unfortunately, many respond to the devil, “Yes, I want to be a Christian because I don’t have to stop enjoying those things. Religion is a private relationship with God.” What a lie! We are to be a public witness. So, how effective is the devil in your life in fooling you into enjoying the world and yet trying to claim being a Christian?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

So, do you tempt the Lord? “Lord, I know this is a sin, but I know you will overlook it.” What a foul and risky statement! But so many Christians do this on a regular basis by indulging in open sin and excusing the “little ones” forgetting that it was a little sin that caused this mess to begin with. So, do you tempt God with your habits?

Friday, September 14, 2018

Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Just because people use scripture does not mean it is used properly. Yes, just about all beliefs are found in the Bible, but we are told, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). We are also told, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), which means that there are wrong ways. The only right way is found in Isaiah 28:9-10, which says, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts. For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little.” Basically, a person needs lots of verses to establish a doctrine of God and not simply find a verse to support one’s own personal agenda. So, do you rightly or wrongly understand the Bible?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Matthew 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple

Spiritually, the devil also takes us to high places. He masses fame, friends, family, belongings, anything to have a difficult time to let it go. So, what is in your life that God would have you let go but instead you have become quite attached to it?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Bread is equated here being God’s Word. In the Lord’s prayer, we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). And so, do you spend a significant time each day in God’s Word?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Satan comes in many forms using people doing the same thing. “Prove you are a man by….” “Prove you got guts…” “Prove you are not afraid…” So, how often do you take up the sinful challenge of proving yourself?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Anything you are trying to overcome, set a 40-day complete abstinence plan and see if you do not overcome or have an easier time afterwards. So, what are you going to set forth to overcome?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And each of us have a daily experience of such. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Every day, all day we are tempted of the devil but we need to be like Jesus in the desert: have scripture ready and then “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, how much scripture do you have committed to memory?

Friday, September 07, 2018

Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

And we are to follow after righteousness bringing such reaction to God for the Bible says that we are to “do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22). So, are you doing such things that are pleasing to God or self?

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Now none of that happens at a person’s baptism but that does not mean Heaven is not interested in such a person as ourselves. “I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10). So, if you have not been baptized, what are you waiting for? If you have been baptized, can you appreciate today what the angels celebrated then and continue to thrill with your choice?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Matthew 3:13-15 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Jesus is our example (1 John 2:6) and our substitute (1 John 3:5). All of us are to be baptized the Bible way, but if there is a situation in which prevents us, His baptism covers the lack thereof, for instance, after being born again, the thief on the cross had no opportunity to be baptized. Jesus’ baptism covered his lack. So, have you been baptized the biblical way?

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Keeping the wheat and casting away the chaff means a shaking up of one’s life. The chaff surrounds the wheat and must be broken off. Through thrashing against the side of a pan, back in the day when this was stated, tossing the contents into the air to let the chaff fall out while keeping the wheat inside, was the only way to break off the chaff from the wheat symbolizing a Christian who claims to be born again but there has been no shake up in their life from their old lifestyle to a new lifestyle, then they are not truly born again. Being a Christian is not mere words; it is a complete change of life. So, how much of a shakeup have you gone through?

Monday, September 03, 2018

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:

So, first is repentance, which is not only asking for forgiveness of sin but stopping it. Then comes the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which means, “he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13), so if a person is indifferent about doctrines, they are not baptized with the Holy Ghost. Further, “when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8), so if a person is indifferent about sin, living a righteous life, and not realizing properly the judgment, they are not baptized with the Holy Ghost. And “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7). So, are you baptized with the Holy Ghost?

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Sure, John the Baptist was talking to the Pharisees, but it is true of everyone that claims to be of God. If the fruit is sin, such is not saved despite claiming “once saved, always saved”. So, is your fruit unto righteous living or sinful living, even if it is just periodically? In other words, do you just carelessly excuse sin in your life while claiming to be saved? If so, John says, “Bring forth the fruit!”

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Excusing sin means you have not truly repented while living in obedience to God’s commandments shows you have repented. What do your fruits say about yourself?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

As history usually repeats, the same is true with today’s leadership. They think they are above the people in theology and how dare an “uneducated” person challenge them. And do not think that your minister or even yourself is with exception. Such ministers will appear nice and pleasant but are simply “transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13). Over 99% of ministers today are in error. The very thing that separated protestants from Catholics is the very thing that protestants have conformed to. They have taught Christians that the Bible is not the basis of the faith, it is in error, and an ancient book without application for today as a whole. But today’s ministers are vipers, as in, they are spreading their poison. So, have you been bitten, or is everything you believe solidly found in the Bible?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Matthew 3:5-6 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Back then, it was localized. Today, “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). And when people hear the true gospel, what are they to do? “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). It is called repenting of sins, which means to stop sinning, but also confess that one has been sinning in the first place. And then “whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). So, are you confessing and forsaking all of your sins?

Monday, August 27, 2018

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

A rebuke to the fashions and diet of the time, John came in a simple life. By the way, locusts refer to the locust bean that were plentiful and not the creature. Beans covered in honey makes more sense than eating the creature. So, are you into fashion and eating whatever you like, or do you wear simple clothing and have a simple diet, eating to live and not living to eat? Or do you waste God’s money on the latest fashions and foods?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

And today the same message goes forth while a counter message undoes it. The counter message is doing away with obedience to God, especially through His law all in the name of grace and faith. So, are you preparing your life by confessing and forsaking all of your known sins, or are you living however you feel like living without consequence?

Friday, August 24, 2018

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

That same message is throughout the Bible. Too bad people do not understand the word “repent”. It means to be sorry for sinning in the first place and to stop doing it. We expect kids to repent. If we tell a child to stop playing with matches, we expect them to stop and not just say the words, “I’m sorry.” So, why do we treat sin any differently? Do you treat it differently by continuing to sin, or do you truly repent and, by God’s grace, cease from doing it again?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

With the arrival of the Messiah in John’s day, John was the lone voice, not in the city but in the wilderness. Today, since Jesus is coming to the whole world next time at the second coming, many John the Baptists will arise. They too have come out of the wilderness (Revelation 12:14) to preach. Those people are identified as those that “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, are you a modern-day John the Baptist obeying God’s commandments as well as His testimony contained in the Word of God, the Bible, or do you just think you have no duty to be such?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Nowhere in the Old Testament is there a mention by a single let alone multiple prophets regarding Jesus being called a Nazarene. That does not make it a false quotation as what is recorded in the Old Testament of a Nazarene is mentioned for more than a mere declaration. As David the king represents Christ the King, as Solomon the wisest represents Christ the Wisest, as Moses the meek represents Christ the Meek, Samson represents Christ in strength as well as coming from Nazareth. Further, Moses speaks of how a Nazarite was “to separate [themselves] unto the LORD” (Numbers 6:2) though, like Samson, did not shave His head. So, have you separated yourself from the world to serve the Lord?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

If we are willing to obey God completely, God says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalms 32:8). In fact, “he will be our guide [even] unto death” (Psalms 48:14). But are you willing to say to God, “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel” (Psalms 73:24), which is the Word of God, the Bible?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Matthew 2:21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

Once again, we see Joseph simply doing what God stated to do without reservation, but how is it with us? Do you look for the exceptions for God’s commands, or do you simply obey them?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Matthew 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

The goal in life is to be in Israel. Even for ourselves, we ought to want to be part of spiritual Israel even if we have found safety and holiness on the earth because of wise choices we have made guided by God’s will. So, what is your goal in life?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Matthew 2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

And this is a lesson to all when we go through trials… it is not forever. One way or another it will end. So, do you endure trials “Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:3), or do you fret and complain?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

With Bethlehem set on a hill, which Rama means, Rachel being buried in the area of Bethlehem, it is a symbolic prophecy of the mourning that would take place for the lack of children existing as Rachel wept over the inability to provide children at first to her husband Jacob renamed to Israel. Now, just who can control the actions of a king who slaughtered all of those babies? It is one thing to claim to be born from Bethlehem fake it, which Jesus did not fake, but it is another thing to time the event with this type of activity happening in the world being specific to one’s birth place. So again, do you see that there is more to the Bible than what mere human beings could have put together or do you seriously think everything is by happen stance or coincidence, even exaggeration?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Matthew 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

Before we look at Jeremiah’s prophecy, we are reminded how the predictions of the life of Jesus at His first coming were laid out. Many writers wrote regarding it. Among them were Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, David, Daniel, and others. Alone, these prophecies make no sense. Together, we see who really was the author of the writings in scripture. So, do you believe the Bible is written by mere men, or do you believe “holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21)?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

But this time it will not be just the two-year olds and younger. “Had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15), but the attitude we ought to have is that “they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). So, do you live by “whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25), or do you live by compromise?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Similarly, when Jesus comes again, He will take us to the mansions that He prepared for us (John 14:2) safe from Satan’s harm, hence why an angel will lay “hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2). Now “the meek shall inherit the earth” (Psalms 37:11), but this is not until after God will “bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee”, referring to Satan (Ezekiel 28:18). Once all is fulfilled, “they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them” (Isaiah 65:21), and “affliction shall not rise up the second time” (Nahum 1:9). Are you looking forward to the death of Satan and temptations and sin, or were you unaware of how the final events become fulfilled?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

No questions asked, Joseph was well trusted of Mary, but today, many women would see this as male dominance and would have question Joseph’s actions despite it being for their own good. What is your attitude towards the “modern” women’s movement, and we are not referring to equal pay and such but the rejection of God’s ordained position of godly men?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

And for the hundred and forty and four thousand (Revelation 7:4) in which “as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15), and “as it was in the days of Lot” (Luke 17:28), “the angels hastened Lot” (Genesis 19:15), we are expecting the same to happen for this group and other faithful followers. So, will you be faithful to God that you may be led by angels to safety, or will you cave to the oppression of the enforcement of the mark of the beast just so you can buy and sell (Revelation 13:16-17)?

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Matthew 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

We call that prophecy. And in the last days, “it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:28-29). And that is how one ought to identify God’s last day church as well because they are the ones “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17), and “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). So, if you want to be kept safe in these last days, will you turn to God’s spirit of prophecy?

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

The wisemen showed up while Jesus was a young child and not a baby. It was also a house and not a barn. So, the wisemen did not show up shortly after the birth of Jesus as so many movies and cartoons depict. The gifts they gave were physical, but there is a symbolic meaning behind each of them. Gold, a symbol of faith being tried (1 Peter 1:7); frankincense, a symbol of memorial (Leviticus 2:2) or prayer; and myrrh, a symbol used for embalming (Bible Lexicon) or death, are all gifts we can give to Jesus every day. We can allow our faith to be tried without murmuring and complaining, offer prayer on a continuous basis, and die to our own selfish ways and live for Christ (Galatians 2:20). So, are you willing to give spiritual gold, frankincense, and myrrh to God?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

They did not worship the object; they simply knew what it meant. We do not see them making stars, hanging stars, even worshipping stars. Likewise, we ought not worship the objects either and yet so many Christians do. No matter the good intent, if it is not according to God’s Word, it is pagan. So, how much paganism is in your life despite it being a Christian symbol?

Monday, August 06, 2018

Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

The Bible says, “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1), so respecting the government is proper, however, when there is a conflict, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, when you disagree with the government, how much respect do you have, and do you obey what is being dictated when not in conflict with God?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Matthew 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found [him], bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Of course, this was a lie but applying government tactics to today’s generation, forget about being off the grid. Unless a person is a woodsy person building a house without the government knowing and able to grow one’s own food without buying anything, surveillance cameras will easily spot anyone. And if that all fails, satellites can watch bears hibernate in caves these days. So, searching diligently will not be difficult with today’s government, therefore, how lack of trust do you have towards God and reliance upon yourself trying to minimize tracking of yourself?

Friday, August 03, 2018

Matthew 2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

Herod, acting for the government, takes the wise men away privily or privately, signaling to us of how our own government today is behind the scenes preparing for the mark of the beast. The credit card and chip and much more are all a distraction. The real progress on the matter is happening privately. So, are you distracted with the physical objects that the media is distracting with, or are you watching what is actually happening in the government?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, [in] the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

So, do you allow Jesus to rule your life? Keep in mind, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Matthew 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

So, God says, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Basically, God would send a Savior. Seeing that Eve was the mother of all mothers that could be any woman giving birth, but over time, God gave specific insight to where the Messiah, the Savior, would be born. It was so specific that the exact town was identified. Those that believe Jesus to be a false rabbi, false prophet, or just an ordinary man, consider the odds of that prophecy alone, and consider how much control a mere man had over where he would be born. That alone is astronomical pointing to the fact that Jesus was not ordinary or a false person! So, do you believe Jesus to be the prophesied One?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Matthew 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And this is the danger of the state controlling the church. Not only is it control but it is persecution. All through history we have seen example after example of such. So, how much are you in favor of the current administration’s efforts regarding Christianity working with the government and the other way around?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

That is because he and people today do not consider the spiritual kingdom. The King of the Jews was not for political purposes nor is even peace that people talk about ever going to come to this world. People just do not have a spiritual mindset, but do you?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Now remember, “he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:28-29). So, do you accept Jesus as your King?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

As the wise men came from the east bearing a message of Jesus’ arrival, so the second coming is described as “the way of the kings of the east might be prepared” (Revelation 16:12). Are you preparing your heart to receive Jesus, the ultimate King of kings (Revelation 19:16) from the east (Matthew 24:27)?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Clearly the Catholic teaching that Mary remained a virgin for life is in error. Joseph knew Mary in such a way after the birth of Jesus that she would no longer be a virgin otherwise the verse would state that Joseph never knew her that way ever. The worshipping of her virginity comes right out of paganism, and for non-Catholics to go along with it is yet another step away from God’s Word. And yes, every obvious minor point is important because God says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). That is “every word”! Now I say that this is minor because the status of Mary’s virginity does not affect me in the least. Who cares if they knew each other or not? But what does matter is that it is scriptural and to believe the doctrine that Mary remained a virgin is to choose to obey the dictates of humans, specifically the Vatican, over the Bible. And the Bible predicted this situation by stating: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). The Bible is called the “Word of God”. But the Vatican declares to be above that and demands obedience to that fact, which is a form of worship. So, who do you worship or obey, God through His Word, or the Vatican through their unscriptural, even pagan doctrines? Just remember, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

It may not be an angel, but God has given us His Word, the scriptures. It is still a message from Him despite going through human hands. Remember, God is the author (1 Corinthians 14:33) while the humans were just writers (2 Peter 1:21). So, do you do as God commands you?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

This is a fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14, which says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The Muslim faith holds Jesus as just a prophet. The Jewish faith holds Jesus as a type of rabbi, at best. But true Christianity sees Jesus as God with us. Therefore, if God was so specific to walk among us in human form and build His church (Matthew 16:18), there is then no way all other religions can be correct. Further, Jesus established specific doctrines, including reaffirming the Ten Commandments (Matthew 5:18), therefore, any denomination not adhering to the seventh day Sabbath as commanded explicitly in the commandments, without any interpretation necessary, cannot be His true denomination. He even said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you believe Jesus to have been “God with us”, or do you see Jesus as just an inspired human being?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Before seeing what the prophet said, this is the most remarkable thing about the Bible. It was not a random thing that Jesus showed up claiming to be the Son of God. There are over 300 prophecies describing all kinds of things and for Jesus to be the Messiah, all of them, without exception, had to be fulfilled. So, do you take Christianity as just a happenstance, or do you see it as fulfilled prophecy?

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

So then why do so many Christians believe they are saved IN their sins instead or FROM their sins?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

In this case, a direct messenger was necessary to be sent before any mistakes were to take place. If Joseph were to blab a mistaken understanding to others, it would be hard to correct afterwards and maybe not be able to at all. Other times, God allows mistakes to happen. Revelation 10 tells of a last day message from one of the small books of the Bible, Daniel, that was closed but would be opened. It would involve a time prophecy, namely Daniel 8:14, but the mistake about the event would not be stopped (Revelation 10:3-4). And so, when the mistake of predicting the second coming happened, the result was “in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (Revelation 10:10). And now “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (Revelation 10:11). And it is hard because a lot of people dismiss the correct prophecies simply because those that are teaching the prophecies correctly are said to have come out of date setting, which is condemned by the Bible. Although this is a distortion of the facts, the mission goes on, but the point is, God uses direct messengers and sometimes He does not. It is not for us to question but just do as we are told. Joseph surely did. Will you?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

People are so short sited today. They call the Bible “old fashion”, when in reality the loose sexual activity is only a recent phenomenon with brainwashing. Even up through the 1950’s, though a double standard, women actively active in multiple sexual relations were shunned, called names, and were not marriage material. Public schools and TV certainly changed over the years to the point that they promote sexual activity younger and younger that preteens and younger are encouraged to experiment with their sexuality. The Bible has not changed, people have! And it is a sign of the last days. No wonder Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (Luke 17:26-28). Marriage and given in marriage is not just reserved for pieces of paper acknowledged by a government between married and divorced. Search the scriptures and one will find numerous examples of how sexual activity is actually a marital agreement. So, are you indifferent to all the sexual expressions acceptable in society, or do you see it as a fulfilment of prophecy and even sadden at it happening with so many, even of the Christians?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Many try to point to Christianity as a copy of paganism stories and that Joseph was truly the father, however, people seem to give Satan too much credit. He basically has won if people look at it from the point that Jesus was born after those pagan stories, especially the one out of Egypt, which is one of the earliest versions. But the promise was made to the first couple that a baby was to be born to save the world. And a mere human being could not do that. This further was confirmed in Isaiah 7:14, which says, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” It was not Christianity that copied the story, but it was paganism counterfeiting the event before the event happened. It was done in a manner to take away the specialness of the event, and here we are even questioning it. So, has Satan stolen the miracle from you, or do you believe it was Satan trying to discredit the event?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Matthew 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David [are] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon [are] fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ [are] fourteen generations.

The number fourteen is actually a double of seven, and like the dreams of Pharaoh with Joseph telling the meaning, the double is a certainty in the event. Abraham, David, Babylon, and Jesus Christ are all major events precisely timed. Also, three sets of fourteen is forty-two, which is also six times seven. Similar to the six days of labor and the seventh day of rest, in Jesus we have the laboring of these generations leading us to Jesus our rest. Additionally, from Adam to Jesus is four thousand years and from Jesus to the present moment is also four thousand years making the next thousand years the rest for this planet for “the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:5) and an angel “laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2). So, in all of your labors, are you laboring towards or “striving against sin” (Hebrews 12:4) and resting in Jesus?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Matthew 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Joseph means “let him add”; Mary means “their rebellion”; and Jesus means “Jehovah is salvation”. Jesus is most definitely our salvation rescuing us from our rebellion and adding us unto the kingdom of Heaven. Of course, if we continue in our rebellion by continuing in our sins, there is no salvation. Jesus “became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:9). Salvation is not available to continue to sin. So, do you have the proper understanding of salvation, or are you thinking you are saved in your sins?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Matthew 1:15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

Eleazar means "help of God"; Matthan means "gift", and Jacob means "heel-catcher or supplanter". When we look to ourselves, “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9), but when ask God for help, “unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7). So, are you relying upon your ways, or do you seek the help of God for the greatest gift ever?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Matthew 1:14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

Sadoc means “just”; Achim means "the Lord will establish"; and Eliud means "God his Praise". Putting these meanings together reveals the true message of justification which hardly any Christian is taught properly on. Most are taught that Jesus died making Christians permanently saved and sent back into the world to live in sin, and that is wrong! First, “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). No amount of obedience or any works for that matter can justify us. We are just because Christ makes us so through forgiveness, however, “not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13). This may sound contradictory, but it is not. If a person sins and then goes to God to ask for forgiveness while still doing the sin that would be hypocritical. Likewise, saying after the sin, “I will never do that sin again God so I deserve to go to Heaven” is equally wrong. Living in obedience cannot make up for that sin. But, if we realize we sinned, determine to resist such in the present and future by the power of God (2 Peter 1:3), and then go to Christ and “confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9), it is at that point that we are now JUST and He ESTABLISHES us in right paths to bring PRAISE TO HIMSELF (God). If we return to sinning, we bring praise to Satan. So, who are you praising in your actions, God or Satan?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Matthew 1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

Abihud means "father of reknown or famous"; Eliakim means "raising up by God"; and Azor means "a helper". Our Father is famous for He provides “grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16) and “hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). So, have you been raised up from the old life of sin receiving of His grace helping you to be an overcomer?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Matthew 1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

Shealtiel means "I have asked of God", and Zerubbabel means "born at Babel, i.e. Babylon”. The Bible says in another form of asking, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13), and though one may be born into confusion or Babylon does not mean one has to stay there. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). So, are you born again, or are you still in the world of confusion?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Matthew 1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

Jechoniah or Jehoiachin means "whom Jehovah establishes", and of course Babylon means confusion. Applied to today, God has appointed people to preach the last day warning message in the greatest period of confusion. “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (Revelation 10:11). The message to be preached is outlined in Revelation 14:6-12. So, are you one of the established ones that know the message and preaching it? Are you one at least listening to it? Or do you see the days we live in as nothing important or unusual?

Monday, July 09, 2018

Matthew 1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

Manasseh means "forgetting"; Amon means "builder"; and Josiah means "whom Jehovah heals". So, do you accept Jesus as your Healer (1 Peter 2:24) who forgets your sins that you confess (Hebrews 10:17) and builds a relationship with you (John 15:14), or do you just want to continue to injury yourself by continuing in sin?

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Matthew 1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

Jotham means "Jehovah is upright"; Ahaz means "possessor"; and Hezekiah means "the might of Jehovah". And so true it is that “The LORD [is] righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works” (Psalms 145:17). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16), therefore, if we are obeying God, He possess us or owns us. When we disobey, the devil owns us. And obedience to God is only by His might for “God [is] my strength [and] power: and he maketh my way perfect” (2 Samuel 22:33). So, who possess you, God or Satan?

Friday, July 06, 2018

Matthew 1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

Jehoshaphat means "whom Jehovah judges"; Jehoram means "whom Jehovah has exalted"; and Uzziah means "strength of Jehovah". Following along with those definitions, the Bible says, “the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22). So, Jesus indeed is the judge. Then, “at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people” (Daniel 12:1). Michael, as every Protestant used to believe, is another title for Jesus. This is so without a whole lot of investigation for only God can stand for people. An angel has nothing to stand with. Jesus’ shed blood gives Him the right to exalt His people. Even the Father has the right to stand for His people for giving His Son to begin with. And then once judgment is set, by His strength, “he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, are you part of the righteous group for Jesus to stand up for and declare that you shall remain that way by His strength, or are you part of the other group “that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still” (Revelation 22:11)?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Matthew 1:7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

Rehoboam means "enlarger of the people"; Abijah means "my father is Jehovah"; and Asa means "physician or cure". Jesus, also referred to as “Father” (Isaiah 9:6) enlarges his people by the role of being the Great Physician (Luke 4:23) for instead of sending the people to the grave, they get to live to serve Him more fully. So, are you part of the enlarged people of spiritual Israel actively sharing the gospel with others, or are you allowing the enjoyments of the world to have their ways with your body that instead of simply going to sleep in old age, your life is being cut short by the poor lifestyle choices?

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Matthew 1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her [that had been the wife] of Urias;

David means “beloved” or “friend” while Solomon means “peaceful”. Also, Uriah means “light of Jehovah”. And Jesus our friend surely does bring us peace. Of course, there are many people who are not at peace for they are not the friend of Jesus. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). So, are you worldly and an enemy of Jesus, or are you godly by the grace of God and a friend of Jesus?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Matthew 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

Boaz means "fleetness", which is defined as quickness, rapidness, and speediness; Obed means "serving"; and Jesse means "wealthy". Now at the time of Jesus’ burial, rapidly came Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus, both wealthy men, were able to serve with their wealth to the immediate need (John 19:38-39). Today, a false teaching on wealth is being promoted and that is a selfish use thereof. Also mentioned in the verse is Rahab, which means "wide", and Ruth means "a female friend". And referring to our hearts, they should be wide and open to befriending people, just like the Samaritan did (Luke 10:30-37). So, what do you do with God’s blessings both physically and spiritually? Are you serving and befriending or hording and being selfish while the cause of God is lacking?

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Matthew 1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

Pharez means "a breach"; Esrom means "enclosed"; and Aram or Ram means "high". Also, secondarily addressed are those not actually in the lineage by blood by is referenced, we have Zara means "a rising (as the sun)", and Tamar means "palm tree". Did you know that enclosed in the high standard of the Ten Commandments is something that has been breached or broken down and is need of repair? “And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it]” (Isaiah 58:12-14). On the other hand, we have “from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name [shall be] great among the Gentiles”, and on the Sea of Glass “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). So, are you a repairer of the Sabbath honoring God all the day long striving to be on the Sea of Glass on that great and glorious day with a palm in your hand?

Friday, June 29, 2018

Matthew 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

Abraham, “father of a multitude”, begat Isaac, “to laugh”, who begat Judas, “he shall be praised”. As we pray to “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9), God is the ultimate Father Who shall be praised! And as we praise Him, those that are not wholly committed to God but may even pretend to be a Christian, all of their plotting towards speaking lies and even discrediting the righteous, God has a reaction. “The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming” (Psalms 37:12-13). So, does God laugh at you when you toss the Bible away as being authoritative? Or are you one that praises God by living according to those things revealed in God’s Word?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Today we begin a new book and we will now walk through the gospels starting with Matthew. The purpose of the opening verse is to declare that Jesus Christ is of the proper predicted lineage. Abraham reveals that Jesus was indeed a Jew, an Israelite. David reveals fulfillment of Jeremiah 23:5, which states, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” So, already we have at least one major prophecy that Jesus needed to fulfill to be the biblical Messiah and that is not to be taken lightly. It is not a 1 in 12 chance as to simply be born to the proper tribe. Jesus had to further be born in the lineage of David. Who knows how many other male figures belonged to the tribe of Judah at the time of David. Statistically speaking, of all nations that Jesus could have been born to, He was born to the one started through Abraham. That has to be at least 1 in many for who knows how many little nations there were at the time. Then Jesus had to be born to the tribe of Judah, which is 1 in 12 chances. Then Jesus had to be born of the lineage of David, which may have been 1 in a 1,000 or even 10,000, give or take. These are high expectation numbers. So, do you cast the birth of Jesus in the right nation and the right lineage as just luck or as actually calculated fulfillment of prophecy?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Romans 16:27 To God only wise, [be] glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

And we conclude our verse by verse look at the Book of Romans with the realization that God is the only wise one. In fact, when we think we are wise in our own ways, we are but fools. “The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise” (Proverbs 12:15). So, are you wise in guiding your life according to the reveal Word of God, or are you wise in your own mind and are but a fool because you will miss out on eternal life?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

So, why was Jesus manifest? Was it just to pay for a free ride to Heaven? Nope. It is that but only for those in “obedience of faith.” Faith, in this context, is not just believing in God and what He has done. Faith is to also believing that He can remove every single known sin from our lives. Do you have that much faith? Or do you obey self instead?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

And yet, we see fulfillment of prophecy in that most Christians are “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). Do you believe that the “divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), or do you believe you are stuck in sin?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Romans 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.

And remember, “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20), but it is not a license to continue sinning. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). So, do you abuse grace or appreciate grace?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Romans 16:23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

Gaius means “lord”; Erastus means “beloved”; and Quartus means “fourth”. Interestingly, if one uses the Bible lifelines and not mix in evolution, from creation to the cross was about 4,000 years. Therefore, our beloved Lord Jesus Christ was sent to us during the fourth millennium. Yes, that means another 2,000 years brings us to our day, which makes perfect sense as it fits in with the rest of the practices of the Bible. There is “Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 5:13-14). There is “six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: But the seventh [year] thou shalt let it rest and lie still” (Exodus 23:10-11). And so, there is six thousand years of sinful activity from Adam and Eve until Jesus returns, then “the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2). Even creation week is considered “one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). So, how much do you appreciate our beloved Lord Jesus Christ? Enough to example Him to the world every moment of your life?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Romans 16:22 I Tertius, who wrote [this] epistle, salute you in the Lord.

Tertius means “third”, which does not offer much towards insight, therefore we simply have this to offer: Tertius had the opportunity to append the works of Paul, just as you and I in our teaching the same things to others are able to do also. We will not be mentioned in the Bible or have even a little contribution, but our lives can speak volumes. What does your life speak?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Romans 16:21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.

Timotheus means “honouring God”; Lucius means “light bright white”; Jason means “one who will heal”; and Sosipater means “saviour of his father”. Jesus is definitely one who honored God, healed, and was provided by the Father as the Savior described in Revelation in light, bright, and white. All of these things are offered to us as we represent Jesus in character. We honor God in our obedience, used by the Holy Spirit to heal, offering Jesus the Savior to others, having our sins washed away and “be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). So, how are you doing in representing Christ?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.

Even John wrote, “the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12). Two thousand years may not be so short to us but to God “a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). The good news is that things are wrapping up and Jesus is coming soon, very soon. So, are you looking forward to it, or are you indifferent towards it?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all [men]. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

The word “simple” in this case means to be ignorant concerning the evil. Many people observe or even participate in it just to see what it is about so that they know. That is the deception of Satan. Even bank tellers study only the real dollar bills and do not examine fake ones. Eve fell over the desire to know what good and evil was instead of just being satisfied with good. So, how is your example? Does it speak well abroad beyond your little local area? Are you wise in doing that which is good and ignorant of that which is evil?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

It is so sad. If people do not want to follow the Word of God, just say so, but this whole need of justifying actions by excuses is not going to fool God. There should simply be two distinct classes. Those that want to go to hell for not obeying and those that want to go to Heaven revealed by their obedience for “whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16). But instead, we have those that are bent on self-destruction coating it with a Christian excuse bringing along many others into disobedience. The fact that one thinks that the Bible is an ancient book written by mere men does not excuse the disobedience. Just because one thinks they are covered by a blanket of grace permitting sinful lives is still disobedience. Those that think that once they are saved they do not have to worry about obedience is still disobedience. Just because a pastor, a denomination, or even one’s own self thinks and teaches in a certain manner that is unbiblical is still disobedience. And so, are you one that is justifying your disobedience? Are you one that has been deceived by the many lies into disobedience? Or, are you one that actually lives in obedience? As you see, there are three choices instead of two. Which are you?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

So, anyone that does not teach the specific doctrines that we hold in our hands today as the Bible, we are to avoid them. Pastors, priests, teachers, even parents, friends, and other relatives of influence are not to be listened to. Avoid them of course does not mean to never talk to them again unless such influential people are too overpowering or just conversation just turns into one direction – against you. At the very least, do not be accepting the erroneous doctrines and the criticisms of the Bible for which they have no true understanding of. Logical reasoning of Romans 16:17 concludes that there must be a whole lot of wrong ways to under stand the Bible and then one way of “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) resulting in the ability to “trust in thy word” (Psalms 119:42). If such is not concluded, how can there be a test of doctrines then that this verse calls for if everyone is allowed to have their own opinion accepted as truth? And, “Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5), which means that we cannot just toss Romans 16:17 out because of society’s push for COEXIST and Ecumenism, both of which reject absolute truth, which God is. It is one thing to respect another’s practice but that does not mean a person holds back sharing the truth. One can share the truth respectfully. Of course, the unconverted recipient or observer may feel otherwise, but that is on them and God says to you, “Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” (Ezekiel 33:9). Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). So, who do you trust? Teachers, ministers, or other human beings that discredit the Bible and teaching a different doctrine than what is revealed when a person rightly studies the Bible in the only manner stated in Isaiah 28:9-10? Or do you trust the Word of God as accepting “his way [is] perfect; the word of the LORD [is] tried: he [is] a buckler to all them that trust in him” (2 Samuel 22:31)?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Romans 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

Many churches have greeters and some of those greeters are overly friendly. They love to embrace and even encourage a kiss. The Bible basically states, “Hands off!” A separation of the genders in such expressive manners is to be practiced. And in this day and age of Sodom and Gomorrah, the practice of same genders exchanging a kiss on the cheek or an embrace ought not be practiced in a general basis. No wonder Jesus said, “as it was in the days of Lot” (Luke 17:28), “even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:30). So, are you careful in giving and receiving proper affection?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Romans 16:15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.

Philologus means "lover of the Word". Julia meaning "soft haired". Nerus meaning "lump". Olympas meaning "heavenly". So, do you love the word so much that you allow it to “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened” (1 Corinthians 5:7)?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Romans 16:14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.

Asyncritus means “incomparable”. Phlegon means “burning”. Hermas means “Mercury”. Patrobas means "paternal". Hermes means “Mercury” as well. So pagan connected people can become Christian. How much more then can a Christian become a true Christian?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Romans 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

What a small world! Paul knew Rufus. Who is Rufus? Mark 15:21 says, “And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.” Rufus’ father was the person who carried the cross for Jesus. A simple encounter evidently converted Simon to the point that Rufus was “in the Lord”. It does not take much if the heart is ready. There were many that day watching Jesus struggle, yet one heart responded. That means we ought not be surprised that it takes a lot of people to encounter until someone is open to the true gospel. So, are you willing to share with as many people that which you know not counting the rejections but looking for that one person?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Romans 16:12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

Tryphena means "luxurious", Tryphosa means "luxuriating", and Persis means "a Persian woman" showing that any lifestyle can become converted, even those who have glorified themselves with luxurious living by having them become principle financers of the message. And “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34) for “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Therefore, even nationality has nothing to do with being kept from Jesus Christ. So, what is distracting you from a complete life in Christ? Is it the things of the world like entertainment, possessions, or other objects? Is it the traditions of your family that are actually not of God?

Friday, June 08, 2018

Romans 16:11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the [household] of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.

Herodion means “heroic”, while Narcissus means “stupidity”. All of us should want to be heroes of Christianity and not stupid. Simply obeying God always and not sinning while teaching others the right path to dwell in makes one a hero, but at some point, since all of us have not been born as true Christians, we were living stupid lives. Although “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So, are you a hero living for Jesus or are you still stupid living for yourself?

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Romans 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' [household].

Apelles means “called”, while Aritobulus means "the best councilor". And just when people quickly dismiss Romans 16 as a salute to the acquaintances of Paul, we find a deeper meaning. When we are called to be a Christian, we are called by the Best Councilor of all, Jesus. And when he calls us, He says, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), and “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). So, have you surrender all your wants and desires to the point of living a life of denying yourself from all that the world has to offer through entertainment, food and drink, goals in life, and much more? Have you faced every temptation bearing the cross between choosing to give in and choosing victory over it by choosing to live a victorious life? Do you follow every Word of God and not the opinions of churches, ministers, or other human beings including yourself?

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Romans 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

Urbane means “city of polite”, while Stachys means “head of grain”. Being polite is a Christian character while becoming grain, also known as the corn and not the corn on the cob either, is what we are to grow into because the process is “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mark 4:28). So, are you a polite Christian even when arguing scripture, and are you growing into that head of grain, the corn kernel?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Romans 16:8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.

Amplias means “large”. And being large towards God, which is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37), is what all Christians ought to be. So, are you such a Christian, or do you reserve certain things to yourself that God calls them sins?

Monday, June 04, 2018

Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

Andronicus means “man of victory”, while Junia means “youthful”. So, are you a person that has gained the victory over the imprisonment of sin, or does sin still control your life? It does not get any easier as you get older.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Romans 16:6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.

If an evangelist came to town, how much labor would you put forth so that they could focus on preaching the message and doing the ministry work?

Friday, June 01, 2018

Romans 16:5 Likewise [greet] the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

Epaentetus means “praise-worthy”, while Achaia means “trouble”. Therefore, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). Will you?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Romans 16:3-4 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Do you have such love?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Romans 16:1-2 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

A succourer is one who cares over another. Phebe means “radiant”. And Cenchrea means “millet”. So, would such a recommendation be said of you? Are you a radiant care taking person?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace [be] with you all. Amen.

What does peace mean? Does the God of peace bring peace between people and nations? Absolutely not as long as one party is living in disobedience to the commandments of God. Does the God of peace bring tranquil peace like a vacation? Again, absolutely not if it is simply used for laziness. Does the God of peace bring us closer to God as we confess our sins, forsake them, and live according to His commandments? Absolutely. In fact, that is the Bible definition because between people and nations, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). As for the laziness, “[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So, shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man” (Proverbs 6:10-11). As for the relationship including obedience, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). Now, there is one more type of peace that God does bring and that is in the time of storm, He can calm our waves of concern and stress. So, are you receiving the right peace from God?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

Paul is seeking godly, human companionship. He would like to be refreshed. Working for souls is a draining task. It is so draining that Paul said, “I will very gladly spend and be spent for you” (2 Corinthians 12:15). Now keep in mind, it is a joyous work and nothing compares to it, but there are times that soul saving workers need to be refreshed by the company of strong, like believers. I cannot imagine how Jesus handled this. All day he was hounded by those that nowhere nearly understanding Him, let alone the enemies of the gospel at Him constantly. He even met with people at night (John 3:2) that gave Him some more draining experiences. I say draining because Nicodemus should have known what Jesus said and went as far as to say back to Nicodemus, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” (John 3:10) Then Jesus was surrounded by twelve unconverted followers arguing over unimportant things day in and day out as well even through the evening hours. No wonder Jesus sought all night prayer sessions with the Father. That is how He was refreshed. So, are you spending yourself for soul winning and being willing to become spent? Do you have a means of refreshing?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Romans 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which [I have] for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

So, in Christianity, we still have believers and unbelievers. I am not talking about Christians and non-Christians. I am stating that there are many, so many, that call themselves Christians and do not follow the doctrines of Christ. How do I know? We would all believe the same thing then if we followed His doctrines, but we do not. Therefore, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God” (2 John 1:9). So, those Christians that do not follow Christ’s doctrines, we need deliverance from for they are truly the enemy of Christ by spreading lies like the Bible is basically to be ignored, all religions are true, and much more. The messages provided hopefully are reaching and encouraging the saints to live in obedience to all the light the Bible has to reveal. So, which are you? Rebellious towards Christianity and specific Christianity being true, or are you part of “the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17)?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in [your] prayers to God for me;

Prayer is not magic. It is not about saying certain words. It is not ritualistic. It is to be earnestness from the heart. So, are you earnest in your prayers for the salvation of others, even yourself?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

Can the same be said about yourself? Do you live the gospel?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Romans 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

How is your priorities? Do you put soul winning in front of life’s enjoyments? Do you even participate in soul winning?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Romans 15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

Ever hear the phrase, “You don’t know my heart?” That is usually given by someone who outwardly is sinning but claiming to have the right heart with God. And this verse basically is saying that such is erroneous thought. If the spiritual relationship is right with God, the person will also demonstrate such in the physical or carnal world. Therefore, the actions reveal the heart. Does your heart and actions match?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Romans 15:26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

Does it please you to finance the gospel in poor lands, or do you not even give that a second thought?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Romans 15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

Saints are living human beings and not those that supposedly have passed to Heaven and are considered an elite class. So, which do you believe, the Bible or the pope? The Bible or the media?

Friday, May 18, 2018

Romans 15:23-24 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your [company].

Can you imagine if this situation was applied today? This is Paul who had very little time to bring the gospel to people who already have received the gospel. He did not want to stop expanding into new territories, as impressed by God. He longed to take a moment to spend time with such people, but for years, he was unable to. And yet today, so many people who have been given the message for these days, when visiting with people, including relatives, have a conversation on worldly things. In other words, it is a waste of time, not realizing they are wasting God’s time that has been granted to us. So, are you careful in how you spend your time and what your conversations contain?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Romans 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

Sharing the gospel in a land that has already heard the gospel while there are lands starving for the message makes it challenging on time. Today, we can pop in and pop out with a quick visit because of the ease of travel. We can also use media to deliver messages both recorded and live. Back in Paul’s day, it was a journey to retreat from the work to be with those that have heard it and then to journey back to where he left off. But even so, just how much time do ministers hover over those that have heard the message when they should go forth to unchartered areas? And just how much do you encourage such ministers to stick around when you have already heard the message and could be a fellow laborer?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Romans 15:20-21 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

Do you share the gospel with those that do not already know it or already have been exposed to it? Paul is our example that we ought to follow.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Romans 15:18-19 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

And today, people not only speak of those things that are from the human but they incorporate the world so as to draw attention. The gospel is a plain message and was intended to remain plain without the need of puppets, rock and roll stars, movies, and other such things. Just because the devil is distracting people with such in an evil way does not mean we are to use the same attention-grabbing techniques. From Adam to the apostle Paul, it was always the words of Christ plainly spoken. In fact, it was sufficient all the way into the 1900’s. So, do you need the gimmicks to attract you?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Romans 15:17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

So, are you happy in all things pertaining to God and cannot care any less about anything that does not pertain to God?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Romans 15:15-16 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

To some, we do not take things so slowly, and in these days, time is running out fast, so please realize, when I speak boldly, it is not to condemn but to make all aware as quickly as possible, the world is being deceived, and by the power of the Holy Ghost, those that are willing to receive the Word of Truth will be sanctified by it, while others will resist. Of which are you?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Romans 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

To tell people to admonish one another is to tell people to judge other people actions because one does not admonish someone for living in obedience to God’s Word. Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), and “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). So, do you understand the proper judging, or are you given to the notion that we should not be judging at all and have to throw away many scriptures?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Romans 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.

And if we are filled with hope, then anxiety and depression, sinful desires even, will all disappear. And if we really have the power of the Holy Spirit, then there are four things we would receive for “he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13) and “will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”. So, are you joyful and in peace knowing God’s truth avoiding sin but living in righteousness ready to be judged?

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

Of course, Isaiah was pointing to Jesus. To reign does not mean the earthly type. On earth, people many times have to comply with laws and rules that do not benefit us in anyway. In fact, quite a few laws work against obedience to God, yet the governments also reign. If we live in loving obedience to all that God commands, He then reigns over us. The commands of God appear to be for our benefit according to this verse because the reaction we are to have is that of trust. I do not trust the government with my money yet I comply with their authority by filing my taxes. I do not tell lies because I do trust God that lying is not good for me. I do not have to be stressed ever for someone to find out the truth because lying is stressful and can even cause heart attacks from the stress. So, does Jesus reign in your life, and do you trust Him in all that He commands even if you do not understand completely?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Romans 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.

Do you praise God for the true gospel, “the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16)?

Monday, May 07, 2018

Romans 15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

Do you rejoice in the fact that salvation is made available not just for one nation but for all of us?

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Romans 15:8-9 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

One promise was that a 490-year timeframe from the rebuilding of Jerusalem would be given to Israel before being cut off as His special people. He confirmed it by saying, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not” (Matthew 10:5). He confirmed it in time, “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). And in this time Jesus said, “I tell you of a truth” (Luke 4:25), “verily I say unto you” (Matthew 5:18), and other truth declared statements. Then to those of the Gentiles who did not receive this truth, “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So, have you received the truth and God’s mercy because of your ignorance of the truth, or are you purposely avoiding knowing the truth?

Friday, May 04, 2018

Romans 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Today’s society really does not want to hear what other people have to say. It is all about themselves. So, are you open to hearing what others have to say to help become likeminded?

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, do you have the same understanding of God’s Word as Jesus would have everyone, and do you speak the same thing as well? We are all to be in agreement when it comes to God. Everyone is not to have their own private religion or beliefs.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Romans 15:5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus

Therefore, the notion that everyone is allowed to believe whatever they want is of Satan. So, do accept every religion as being right, or do you see that we are all to believe as Jesus would have us believe?

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

So, is the Bible to be looked upon as a book that was simply put together by men? Is the Bible to be looked upon as a book of errors? Is the Bible to be looked upon as a book that is out of date? Elsewhere, the Bible says, “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” (1 Corinthians 10:11). The specific people that the Bible has been preserved for and written for are for those living at the end of time, yet this generation is the most critical of it. So, how do you treat the Bible? With a satanic excuse to avoid submitting to what is recorded as God’s commands, precepts, and statues, or do you live by every word of God (Luke 4:4)?

Monday, April 30, 2018

Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

So, if you inherited some money, what would you do with it? In that list, did you include take a trip? Buy a better vehicle? Buy more clothes? Now, if you are in debt and part of the list included paying off your debts, by all means, that is a biblical thing to do, but how can we spend money needlessly upon ourselves while so many souls are eternally dying each day from the lack of knowledge?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.

Why make life unnecessarily harder on someone? But, when it says that we ought to please our neighbors that does not mean we help them to sin nor participate in sinning. Now, acts of godly kindness goes a long way, especially in trying to win souls. So, do you simply ignore your neighbors, or are you seeking for ways to please them?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

So, do you have a ministering spirit about you, or are you blinded from the work before you?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.

As in all things, if one doubts that it is alright to do something but does not know for sure and goes ahead claiming ignorance, then that is a sin. So, do you search the scriptures to see if whatever you are doing is sinful or not before you do it?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Sometimes we have the faith that we know these things and it may be so but keep that between ourselves and God instead of causing disputes over minor issues. There is no need to condemn ourselves over that which is allowed but do be careful between one and another. Again, do you take into consideration of how your actions will impact another?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Romans 14:21 [It is] good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor [any thing] whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

Again, it goes back to the premise, though it may be lawful or allowed to do something that does not mean we ought to. We ought to take into consideration how it will impact our brothers and sisters. So, are you considerate towards others, or do you just do whatever you feel like doing?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Romans 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed [are] pure; but [it is] evil for that man who eateth with offence.

To eat food purposely to cause offence is an evil act. In fact, doing anything that is antagonizing is evil, even if it is teasing. Christians do not tease one another or try to stir up people’s emotions in a wrong manner. So, are you careful with your actions that it does not cause offence (excluding proclaiming the truth)?

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Seeing that sin works against peace, do you seek to avoid all sins in your life or do you use grace and faith to allow yourself to continue in sin? Do you work with your fellow brethren and sisters or do you see it as a competition?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Why do so many people worry about what they are going to be deprived of? The Bible says of righteousness, “he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7), and this after the discussion about the Ten Commandments. Being at peace with God and not letting sin separate that relationship is the second item. And the joy in the Holy Spirit is not some manifestation of language but that we can “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). So, do you prioritize food and drink above righteousness, peace, and joy, or do you seek after righteousness, peace, and joy with all of your heart, mind, and soul not worrying that you may be missing out on certain foods and drinks?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.

What things? Righteousness, peace, and joy from verse 17. So, do you follow after righteousness, have peace with God because you have ceased participating in that which cuts us off from Him, which is sin, and find it joy in all things by the Holy Spirit?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

It is possible to be in the right, but have people condemn it as evil because we are not careful with how we present the truth, conduct our lives, and other mannerisms. If we are harsh with words, have any ounce of hypocrisy, have any jesting in us, we can cause all the good that we do to be spoken of in an evil manner. So, are you careful of how you present the good in your life?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Romans 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with [thy] meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

Refer to the prior post on Romans 14:14 regarding the fact that this is not a discussion about clean and unclean meats. It is about clean and unclean clean meats based upon the ceremonial washing. But in all things, the principle is the same: Let us not antagonize one another over these matters. As Paul writes, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient” (1 Corinthians 6:12), therefore, just because we can do something does not mean we should. So, do you respect the practices of others over matters of no real concern?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.

Jesus addressed this and it has nothing to do with clean and unclean meats, well, not how people are thinking. “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man” (Matthew 15:17-20). In putting it all together, the Jews declared that even clean meats (allowed meats to be eaten) were considered unclean unless they went through some religious, spiritual washing with hands, furniture, and the product itself. The confusion here is that in the Bible there are classes of animals called clean and unclean (Leviticus 23). There are classes of people called clean and unclean (lepers, women during a period, etc. as compared to someone not like that). Now, we see there are classes of clean meats that are clean and unclean (ceremonially washed or not), and unless one reads the Bible in a manner that does not contradict itself, a person can easily become confused. Acts 10 clearly tells us that Peter had it understood for he said, “I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:14). And that was referring to “all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air” (Acts 10:12). Those that advocate that pork products and shell fish are now eatable are ignorant of the fact that the declaration that was first identified with Noah and not Moses was not a distinction for ceremonial purpose but in identifying for health reasons. Pigs, shell fish, dogs, cats, vultures, etc. all concentrate the digested food into poison. That is what we should expect from God’s garbage disposals. That means that even though all animals may eat the same thing, a cow will poop out a perfectly intact candy wrapper while it will be completely digested in a pig. So, if someone declares eatable food unclean because of lack of the ceremonial washing, that is on that person and not so in reality. And that fits the verse. A clean animal is not unclean of itself, it is the lack of ceremony that some declare it to be so, while a pig is born unclean of itself. So, do you see that we are still not supposed to eat actual unclean animals for health reasons?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in [his] brother's way.

Do not confuse this with what Jesus said: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20) and “Judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Further, Paul also asks, “Are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (1 Corinthians 6:2). Therefore, judging is not wrong. What we judge may be wrong. We are to judge fruit or the works of people. That means if there is bad fruit on someone, it is our duty to help that person out of that lifestyle if they are willing to be helped. And besides, people judge every day. People only get upset with the more finer details. For instance, if a person sees someone stumbling out of a bar and fiddling with keys, we are quick to judge that such a person in that condition should not drive and ought to stop them. At the same time, when foul words are flying, we ought to speak up and say, “It is not necessary to be using such language around me.” It is the latter one that usually draws the response, “Who made you judge?” We do not condemn them even though they should not have been drinking in the first place. Judging is never to be done in condemnatory manner. So, do you judge properly and not judge people but actions, or have you completely gave up on judging?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Stop comparing yourself with others! All of us must give an account for what we know and living up to what we know. It is not a matter of being godlier than someone else, nor to try and reach the goal of another. If someone is new in the faith and does not know much of the Bible yet dies, they are judged only upon that which they knew. For us, we may know a whole lot more than them. That does not mean that we can be satisfied in being godlier than that person who died. And the opposite is true. Some times people see another person and they seem to do every thing perfect and know all that the Bible requires of a Christian and seems to have all of the answers from the Bible. Do not think, “I will never get there” and give up. That is not what we shall be judged upon, but then do not sit back and relax for we are to constantly be moving forward in our faith. “But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). “He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God” (John 3:21). It is basically the attitude of always improving and open to be improved. So, are you living up to all of the light you have and seeking more?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Romans 14:11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

So, when shall that happen? Because many have already gone to the grave without acknowledging this, without confessing to God. Now those words are found in Isaiah 45:23, and it is there that we also get some extra information from Isaiah: “Surely, shall [one] say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: [even] to him shall [men] come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed” (Isaiah 45:24). For those incensed against God to bow the knee and confess that God is true that means this scene must occur after “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29). So, before they are damned for eternity, they will come face to face with Him Whom they warred against in one way or another. The righteous of course will have no problem in acknowledging God in this manner: “In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory” (Isaiah 45:25). Remember, we are now spiritual Israel for literal Israel (Romans 2:28-29) is no longer His favored people (Matthew 23:38). So, which group are you preparing to be in, those forced to bow the knee by meeting God in reality, or by choice because you get to spend eternity with Him?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Why would anyone actually choose to sin? Of course, those that claim that their continuing to sin does not cause loss of salvation do not care about this verse, but for the rest of us that live in the reality of the gospel, do you concern yourself of the record you shall present before the judgment seat of Christ? Have you confessed all your known sins and ceased from them that you may stand in Christ’s Righteousness?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Jesus says, “I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18). Therefore, He is able to have “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29). The question is, which resurrection are you preparing for?

Monday, April 09, 2018

Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Paul also wrote, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20), and Jesus said, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). That means we retain no selfishness at all. Sure, we need to eat and get our rest, which may be about us, but even in that, we eat to live and rest to what is sufficient and not lazily sleep in on the weekends for instance. Basically, any time we say, “I deserve…”, self is still alive. Never is there to be a purchase to gratify self, but that does not mean what we buy cannot satisfy the taste buds or look good. Never is there supposed to be a choice to go somewhere for our own pleasure, but that does not mean we are never to travel. We art to “be spent” (2 Corinthians 12:15) for the gospel sake. Our way of life of enjoying the world is over when we become a true Christian. We then live 100% of our life according to how God would have us live. So, are all your selfish ways completely gone?

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Romans 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

The phrase “No man is an island” is applicable with this verse. Some way, somehow, we affect others, even in our death. Hopefully, it is a positive exposure, even for God’s sake. So, do you really think your body is your own?

Friday, April 06, 2018

Romans 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth [it] unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard [it]. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

So many Christians think that this verse eliminates keeping the true Sabbath day holy as well as being able to eat whatever they want, including body destroying filth like swine, shellfish, and many other things. First off, Romans 14:2 stated that the eating was a matter dealing with herbs and nowhere is clean and unclean meats discussed. Second off, in the commandments, is there anything directly associated with eating? No there is not. Therefore, to drag the Sabbath commandment into this verse regarding esteeming a day is more than overstretching the application. Again, the true understanding is that the guidelines regarding the feast days are no longer a requirement, and so both the days of observation and restrictions of diet to that of herbs has been lifted. So, do you overstretch the use of this verse, or do you avoid unclean meats and keep holy the seventh day as the Sabbath commandment commands?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day [alike]. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

This has nothing to do with the fourth commandment regarding the Sabbath. The word “Sabbath” or even the “seventh day” does not even appear in the Book of Romans. The word “rest” is used in the sentence “the rest were blinded” (Romans 11:7), so even referring to the Sabbath as a rest day is not even in the Book of Romans. Therefore, it is a complete implication by unconverted Christians to insinuate that this verse can be used to do away with the obligation of keeping the Sabbath day holy. In the actual context of following the discussion about the extra dietary restrictions, the only other esteeming of days is that of the feast days, which fits perfectly into the discussion of the dietary restriction context. Certainly, those that advocate businesses to be closed on Sundays would not say they are wrong for esteeming their day? Then why would there be a double standard when others try to compel people to keep God’s Sabbath day? With God, there is no double standard. The fourth commandment has nothing to do with herbs but Numbers 9:11-12 certainly refers to an old esteemed day call Passover and connects herbs with it. So, do you ignore Hebrews 4 arguing many arguments in favor of keeping the Sabbath day holy by applying this verse as a reason not to keep it, or do you see this verse applied to the feast days and not the Sabbath commandment?

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

None of us should judge the ultimate master’s servants, Jesus’ servants. Yes, we can judge activity and encourage one to walk in a righteous path if they are not doing so, but none of us are able to judge the soul for destination sake. Even a lonely servant God can use and lift up. Maybe you were once downtrodden by life. Has God upheld you?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Romans 14:2-3 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

These two verses are used by unconverted, in name only, Christians. They use it to justify eating whatever they want, including pork and shellfish and even the latest exotic animals. If one reads all of Romans 14 and take into consideration other arguments found in the Book of Romans alone in addition to many other scriptures elsewhere, a true Christian will see that the subject matter has nothing to do with what is called clean and unclean animals. The focus is upon keeping the feast days and the further restrictive diet during those times. Some Christians believed that in commemoration of Christ fulfilling the feast days, they would continue to keep such feast days and expect others to do the same, while other Christians stated that because Jesus indeed fulfilled the physical law of feasts that such is no longer required. And Paul is basically stating that if such people want to keep the diet and days that they may but do not look down upon others who do not. Likewise, those that felt that such is not necessary then do not keep them but certainly do not pressure others to do so. Therefore, keeping the feasts is not a salvation issue. Now, do you respect people today on the opposite side of your belief?

Monday, April 02, 2018

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations.

A person new to Christianity is not going to know everything, so do not be judging their lack of knowledge. A person who comes from a different background may not be so strong as others. Again, do not be judging. Enlighten the people but do not cast condemnation upon them. So, how patient were people with you when you first became born again?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

So, do you watch sitcoms making provision for the use of sarcasm? Do you have in the house anything for the “weak moments”? Do you listen to music with foul words and thoughts and wonder why it is hard to stop having those words and thoughts come forward periodically? Basically, are you feeding the flesh or have available to feed the flesh allowing for the want, the desire, the craving to be fulfilled? The best way to quit smoking is not to have cigarettes or any other form of tobacco in the house? The easiest way to give up caffeine is not to buy it. The second part that is not mentioned here is to replace those things with godly things. If you are reaching for a device to listen to music with? Make sure it has hymns on it. Reaching for something to read? Make sure religious material is readily available. We need to be making provision for the Spirit to work and cut off the provisions for the flesh. So, what are you making provision for?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

When people see terms like rioting, drunkenness, chambering, wantonness, strife, and maybe envying, people have a tendency to look only at the extreme side of things and declare themselves fine. Rioting, though, is inclusive of uncontrolled anger, road rage, and even being rude. Drunkenness does not need to involve alcohol but people can get drunk on binge watching TV, for that matter, spending night after night watching TV while Bible study an hour minimum a day is ignored. Drunkenness also includes being caught up in the activities of the world while not having a strong interest in God, such as concerts, shopping unnecessarily, sports, etc. Chambering is any sexual immorality, which includes lewd comments, innuendos, and even pressuring the opposite gender. Wantonness includes gluttony, unbridled lusts or wants (just have to have it), lacking self-control. Strife includes political, sports, or other such arguments that just causes animosity. Envying, of course, is any form of jealousy, coveting, and such. So, does any of that exist in you?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

So, what are you wasting your time on if you are not spending your time in God’s Word, sharing the gospel, or tending to necessary duties? Is it TV, movies, sports, concerts, something else?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Each day is a day closer to Jesus coming. Each day is a day closer to when the seven last plagues will begin coming down when “no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (Revelation 15:8) of which we enter through prayer but will not be able to seeing “[there was] no intercessor” (Isaiah 59:16). And of course, we never know when our personal lives will be judged, called the close of probation. So, are you ignorant of these things, or are you awake regarding your salvation?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

And the law defines how to fulfill that love as was stated by Paul in the prior verse. So, do you demonstrate that love by respecting them, not killing, not committing adultery, not stealing, being lying, and not coveting?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Now when Paul wrote, “If there be any other commandment”, he was not advocating that the commandments that are not identified here were done away with. How do I know for sure? The focus is upon “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Is not taking the name of God in vain an act of loving one’s neighbor? No. It is an act of loving God. Also, there is a second reason that this verse does not do away with the unmentioned commandments. Such understanding would mean that it is alright to have other gods before God, make and worship images, take God’s name in vain, in addition to avoiding the Sabbath day. Yet, many willful Christians are determined to avoid keeping the Sabbath based upon this verse. Even Jesus made it clear by saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). The first four commandments are to show love to God and the last six showing love to our neighbors. That is all of God’s law, as recorded in the Ten Commandments. So, will you submit yourselves to the commandments that show our love to God, or will you continue to disregard the Sabbath day because of this verse?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

This is a great principle both physically and spiritually to live by. Love, in the Bible sense and not the one confused with acts of kindness, is the true fulfillment of the law for if one truly loves another, they will obey the fifth commandment that goes beyond obedience to parents but respect in general. One would not want to harm another person verbally or physically, and in fact, where they can, they will help another person who is suffering. They will not take advantage of another person but respect them as a son or daughter of God, which means all the lewd conversations would cease and pressuring the opposite gender for activity that is reserved for marriage would not happen. They would be honest with people to the point of being trusted and definitely avoid all forms of stealing. Likewise, they would be truthful with one another and not lie. And finally, when another gets something, even a promotion, there would be no hint of jealousy or coveting. But what makes this verse a greater principle than simply repeating the words of Jesus is the beginning. If we wronged someone, do not owe them an apology—apologize as quickly as possible. In addition to that, physically do one’s best to stay out of debt for debt is usually used to control others. So, will you consider a better relationship with people than you already have?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Like Jesus, we are not to take political positions. There are people who fight with a religious reason to not pay taxes. Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's” (Matthew 22:21). By definition, God’s money is in the form of tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8). Anything beyond that is for the purpose of living in this world. Even the government allows people to deduct these “donations”. The same is true with the laws that we disagree with but ought to comply honoring the makers of the laws unless they conflict with God’s laws. So again, what type of citizen are you?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

And so, who does the money go to? The ministers that God uses where not all who are in the ministry are God’s ministers. First, “there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). Second, many treat it as just a job. So, will you be selective where you send your finances?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Romans 13:5 Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

So, do you obey out of avoiding wrath, or do you obey because your conscience convicts you?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.

So, when a minister gets worked up when sin or bad doctrine is being promoted, do you think they are not being Christ-like, or do you see that they are actually fulfilling the Bible commission for a minister of God?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

In short, obey the rules of the government and we do not need to be afraid of any ruler, and in the United States, that would be whichever party is in control. We may not like the rules, and of course “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) when the laws of God and men conflict. So, how good of a citizen are you?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

And this resistance is found in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” None of these sins that are practiced in the church are believed to be able to be overcome especially that which is believed as being born with, identified as “without natural affection” and defined in Romans chapter 1 as homosexuality. These people just are playing church or having an outward form of godliness, but the heart is not converted, therefore, by denying the power existing to overcome, they are resisting God’s gift of the divine power to overcome (2 Peter 1:3). So, do you resist the power to overcome sin thinking you will sin until the second coming, or do you believe you can overcome every sin in your life by submitting to His power?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Yes, ultimately God is the power to be subject to, however, God ordained ministers to teach people what God expects (Matthew 28:19-20). Therefore, people are to submit to preachers teaching the proper gospel. In fact, “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” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Perfecting of the saints includes dealing with sin, so the attitude of people saying, “Don’t be telling me what to and not do” is wrong. Obviously they are not on the path to being a saint. So, do you submit to God and His ordained ministers?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Now do not simply try to resist evil, instead, look for what good you could put in its place. Instead of going to the bar after work, consider going for a walk. Instead of listening to raunchy music, try listening to hymns. So, what in your life do you want to avoid doing that is sin or leads to sin that you actually should be looking at replacing with good?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

By surrendering vengeance to God, these kind acts, selfishly accepted by the enemy, will cause a more retributive result in hell. Of course, if the enemy does repent, all shall be forgiven. So, how quick are you to turn your back upon your “enemy”? Or, do you show acts of kindness letting God to deal the justice in His time?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Misunderstandings is one thing, but when people outright attack character because truth has been spoken, do not spend time avenging yourself. The God of Heaven that is watchful of every moment for every person will intervene as He sees fit, and in the end, vengeance is God’s and not ours ever be it today, tomorrow, or in the future. So, do you waste time in arguing with people who are just bent on character assassination, or do you just leave it with God?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

That does not mean they will make it peaceable, but for ourselves, we are to do our best to maintain the peace while obeying Jesus’ words, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). Basically, if a person shares the gospel and it is rejected, that is on them. That does not grant the person permission to treat that person as a hostile enemy, but rather, as much as is possible, live peaceably with them. Do not purposely create a hostile situation. So, will you strive to live peaceably and give up revenge, give up the need to hound them, and also cease from purposely avoiding them unless they make it hostile to even be kind to?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39). So, are you able to turn the cheek?

Friday, March 09, 2018

Romans 12:16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

And what is that mind? “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We ought all agree on biblical doctrines. However, there are people who make beliefs based upon selfishness, even become conceited. No wonder “few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14) being life eternal. So, are you willing submit your pride, selfishness, fleshly desires to have the mind of Christ?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

There is a built-in definition to this verse: No one is to rejoice with those rejoicing when truth is being be persecuted. No one is to weep with those that weep over a failed plot to sin. Therefore, while inside the context of the Bible, do not be a contrary person, an unfeeling person. Where one can rejoice, do rejoice. Where weeping is justified, weep with them. So, are you a contrary person or a properly sympathetic person?

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44), and “Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11). So, are you still a blessing to such people, or are you quick to think or say, “You just wait; you’re going to burn in hell!”?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

I hate to come across as promoting selfishness, but the reality of things is that “ye have the poor always with you” (Matthew 26:11) and if we give to just any poor person, Satan will make sure he sends them all to us to drain the funds for furthering the gospel. Please take note that we are to distribute or take care of the poor primarily among us – the saints. Why? So that they are not struggling in being poor preventing them from working in some ministry capacity, which all of us are to be involved with. Unfortunate things do happen to the saints, and we need to take care of the saints in those situations. To not give at all is wrong, but to give to every cause is even worse because in many cases, funds would be used to encourage sin, be it theft, encouragement to personally sin like alcohol abuse, or something else. All those commercials about helping a child, helping groups of people, etc., do you know a lot of that goes towards the commercial spots in which if they would just use that money they could supposedly feed a whole lot of people. I say supposedly because where do you think all involved get their salaries? From the donations. They are not all volunteers. Further, report after report tells us that such food donations and monetary donations usually end up in the hands of corrupt governments as they starve those people and nothing can be done to rectify the situation. Not all causes are that way, but again, “ye have the poor always with you” but preaching the gospel to bring on the end (Matthew 24:14) is not an everyday occurrence. Stay focused and let the unconverted take care all of those needs. So, when you see a stranger, the hungry in Africa or central America, or animal causes, are you quick to give, or do you discern being good stewards of the funds entrusted to you truly helping the right poor?

Monday, March 05, 2018

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

What is to be our hope? “For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19) And in hoping for the second coming, no wonder it is said, “Here is the patience of the saints” (Revelation 14:12). And in addition to this hope and patience, we need to be taking everything to the Lord in prayer. So, is this your hope, your patience, your constant relationship?

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Therefore, no matter how dull, mundane, or unimportant we think our job is or our duty is, we must do it to the best of our ability. This goes against the popular expressions others make in which they say, “Why do you put so much effort into it? It’s not like anyone is going to see what you are doing.” God does. And “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). We are to give our all because we are actually serving the Lord despite being employed, being contracted, even in doing chores around the home. So, how much effort do you put forth in whatever you do?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Romans 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

So, how can sports figures, who are idolized, demonstrate preferring one another? Can you imagine the quarterback for one football team saying to another, “I really hope you do well against us and win this game”? What about singers who go as far as to declare themselves to be a god or even God? Is that showing preference for other singers to be better than themselves? Of course not. Then why do Christians even give them a moment of their time? More importantly, do you give them any attention in any form?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Romans 12:9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

People use love for selfish reasons, but among Christians, it ought not be. The word “abhor” is pretty strong but then again, the Bible says, “The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil” (Proverbs 8:13). Interestingly, people must not hate or abhor evil because the last day warning message states, “Fear God” (Revelation 14:7). However, it is not good enough to simply hate or abhor evil, we need to cleave to the good. So, are you doing all three? Expressing true love, abhorring evil, and cleaving unto that which is good?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Romans 12:6-8 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Elsewhere, Paul writes, “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:27-28). In both cases, notice who gives out the gifts when necessary. God does! Therefore, holding tongue services is a mockery of the gifts, and besides that, “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in [those that are] unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?” (1 Corinthians 14:23). And the purpose of the gifts is to “edifieth the church” (1 Corinthians 14:4). So, do you practice the gifts, especially tongues, for selfish glorification, or do you allow God to use you, if He chooses, to give the gifts to glorify His church?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Romans 12:5 So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Remember, one body does not mean all of Christianity, it means all that believe according to God’s way, His truth. Anyone can call themselves a Christian, even the devil is willing to do that much. So, are you a Christian in name only, or do you believe all that God says to observe (Matthew 28:19-20)?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Romans 12:4-5 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

So many Christians misquote and/or misapply this verse. They think the Christian title is the one body and all of the different denominations are individual parts. This is not only error but what do they do now in light of the ecumenical movement in which now Allah and the various Hindu gods along with the Jewish beliefs are all considered correct? Even voodoo is acceptable. The truth of the matter is that the one body that God speaks of is that of the single truth that Jesus taught for Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). There is a single way of believing, a single truth, and only one type of eternal life. There are not multiple ways since Jesus condemned all other ways as being from thieves and robbers (John 10:1). There are not multiple truths allowing you to have your truth and I to have my truth for how can truth set anyone free (John 8:32) if we have our own versions? Further, life of reincarnation, life of blowing oneself up, life immediately after death, or life only provided at the second coming are all very different, where only one can be true. And speaking of “one body”, the Bible says, “[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Since there is only one Spirit and one Lord and one God, should we not all believe the same thing leading to one faith and one baptism? So, are you part of the movement that discards the Bible let anything go, or do you find unity in the Word of God properly studied (Isaiah 28:9-10) connecting with like believers (Hebrews 10:25)?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Paul says it again with different words, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Whenever one thinks that they are spiritually greater or can handle certain forbidden environments because they are so strong, be careful lest you fall spiritually. There are some Christians who believe that they have gained the victory over alcohol and can go into bars trying to evangelize. Be careful. People who say they can attend sporting events and not be affected, be careful. People who say they can watch TV and movies without being affected, be careful. People who say they can listen to worldly music, be careful. People who say they are not affected by novel reading, be careful. So, what in your life do you know for others is temptation but you do not think it affects you?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Now if Christians are not to be conformed to this world, why are Christians going to movies, watching the same curse word filled TV shows, listening to the same raunchy music, idolizing sports figures and other celebrities by even watching them, and wearing the same revealing clothing? Even politics has people involved in candidates and issues when the only thing that should be involving our time and effort should be the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, employment and family are worked in there too, but we ought not be taking political positions even if our position agrees with the Bible. Let them kill babies. Let them take your guns. Let them keep God out of public schools. Let them take your money through taxation. Eventually all these things will go away. There is NO example of protest found in the Bible against any political issue at all, so why are Christians wasting time when even if they win, another administration will simply swing it the other way. In fact, all of these issues will go away by sharing the gospel and having souls converted. So, how effective are you in sharing the gospel?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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.

Now, is overweight, lazy, sickly, etc. presenting a body as a living sacrifice that is acceptable? When the Israelites were directed, “Your lamb shall be without blemish” (Exodus 12:5), being sickly, lazy, and overweight through eating too much is definitely not acceptable. And if one thinks that it does not matter what one eats and drinks and that a proper diet is too much to be asked of for one to practice, God did say that it was our REASONABLE service. If we cannot do that much for God, how can we be so greedy in accepting what Jesus has done for us? Besides, “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). So, do you carelessly feed your body inappropriate content, or do you strive to put into your body only that which is proper?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.

So, do you live for Jesus, through His power, to be with Him in all that you do, or do you allow Satan to use you?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Romans 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

No one can give anything to God. Everything is His. All He asks for is that all would be kept His, especially since He created all things. So, are you giving yourself all to God, which you are of, or do you steal from God giving yourself to sin, Satan, self?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Romans 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

Basically, God is greater than any human being and no one even comes close to knowing the mind of God. All we have basically is God’s Word to go on, and that is just a miniscule glimpse into His mind. And we humans cannot even agree on that part. Of course, at any point if we truly disagree with God, we can always choose a different path, but just remember, only God offers eternal life, and we will have a thousand years to come to the conclusion that God acted justly in every situation. So, do the difficult passages in the Bible cause you to doubt, or do you trust in God’s righteous ways?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hosea 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Assyrian is synonymous with Babylon. And that is exactly what we see happening in last day events, according to Revelation’s use of it. Babylon, meaning confusion, definitely describes today’s Christian world. Everyone is allowed to believe whatever they want even if it is polar opposites of each other. No one wants to settle on absolute Bible truth using Isaiah 28:9-10 as the guideline. I mean either a person walks the streets of gold, goes to be burned, is reincarnated, ceases to exist, or is asleep waiting the resurrection. It cannot be all of them. Sunday is either the Christian Sabbath or the seventh day is or none at all is. It cannot be all three. Either humans can forgive sins or we can go directly to God, where there is “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). It cannot be both. At least many Christians do leave somewhat their old lives, represented as Egypt. That does not mean today’s Christians are not openly sinning. They certainly are. So, have you left your old life of spiritual Egypt only to enter into confusion, or have you entered into God’s truth, where “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

If we could explain every aspect of God, then God would be no greater than human beings. It is that superiority that makes Him God. Those that use this lack of knowing every answer to every question to justify atheism misunderstand God’s greatness. Others who justify not knowing simple truth as revealed in God’s Word are simply lazy Christians who will find themselves lost because they excuse themselves from receiving the light (John 3:17-21). So, do you justify atheism or lack of needing to know absolute truth because of this verse, or are you balanced with not knowing all about God yet know what truth is and His existence?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Said in more understandable language, God has declared all Jews as unbelievers, so the notion that Jews are God’s favorite people is nonsense. Now with that declaration, He is able to have mercy upon all, as in, all Jews that become believers, as restricted by the context of scriptures previously studied in this chapter. All Jews that remain in their pride will die in their pride, but in reality, this is how God treats all of us. No one is born saved, not even the Jews. So, have you set your pride aside and accepted the gospel?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Romans 11:31Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

God still has mercy upon the Jews, on an individual basis. As Gentiles, we are to take the gospel to them as well as to the rest of the world. So, if you have any Jewish friends, are you afraid to share Jesus with them, or do you share Jesus with them?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Romans 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Ever hear some of the insane arguments that unbelievers use against God, the Bible, even creation? Does it strengthen your belief and come to God for mercy?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance.

In today’s language, God’s gifts and His calling are not revocable. He will not say, “Just kidding!” Some mistaken the verse by saying, “I don’t even have to repent. God will give me the gifts and calling anyways”, and that is just wrong for the “Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive” (Psalms 86:5). Why is He only ready to forgive? Because He is waiting for something. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, are you glad that God’s gifts and His calling is something He keeps and can be trusted upon?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, [they are] enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, [they are] beloved for the fathers' sakes.

Jews who reject Jesus Christ are enemies of the gospel, while those Jews that elect to accept Jesus are beloved for the father’s sake, just like He loves each of us who elect to accept the gospel. Do you accept the gospel?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Romans 11:27 For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Are your sins taken away or are you still holding on to them?

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Hosea 10:13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

When people try to live life according to their own desires, they end up pushing against wickedness dealing with the results of their own iniquity or sin. No wonder Jesus said, “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). “[As for] God, his way [is] perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he [is] a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalms 18:30). So, which way do you put your trust in? In yourself or God?

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

How is Israel saved? In fact, how are we saved? Through the Deliverer, Jesus. Has Jesus turned you away from all ungodliness?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

And many Christians are blind today. They think God is still working with the literal nation of Israel when God has moved on to using the Gentiles. Gentiles are considered spiritual Israel, meaning, prophecies unfulfilled regarding Israel are actually for the Gentiles now. But this does not mean Jews are unsaved. If they believe in Christ, they shall be. So, are you blind like the Jews back in Paul’s day thinking that Israel is still God’s favored people, or are you fulfilling the Gentile commission helping to spread the gospel, even unto Jews?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed into their own olive tree?

Those growing up in the faith simply have to allow all they know in the truth to convert them. It should be so much easier for such people, as compared to the people in the wild life that do not know God. In addition to getting to know God, those in the wild life have to learn all that God expects as a representative of a Christian (Matthew 28:19-20). So, in either case, have you been grafted in or are you still a loose branch that should be attached or even a wild one that needs a bit more work?

Monday, February 05, 2018

Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

Let us say it without the negative direction by stating, if you believe, you can be grafted in. Are you grafted in?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Do you work God’s goodness “for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9), or are you like “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness” (Proverbs 20:6) thinking that it is God’s goodness when it is not working against truth, right doing, etc.?

Friday, February 02, 2018

Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). So, do you guard yourself with the Word of God lest you set yourself up for a fall?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

So, when people “depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1), yet you are able to see the truth clearly, do you look upon them as saying, “Good. The unfaithful are gone”, or do you “weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?” (Joel 2:17)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Romans 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

So, if other branches that were originally attached to the root, Jesus, are broken off making room for you to be grafted in, would you think yourself greater than those that left or be sad that they left?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Romans 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Never think you are greater than the other branches, church members, and if there be any boasting, it is Who we are connected to that has made us to become who we are. Therefore, we cannot even say, “Look! I have quit smoking!” Instead, “God has given me the victory.” So, how much boasting do you do?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Even a wild life (wild olive tree) can be grafted into the root via the fatness of the olive tree, the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4) unto Jesus the root, the vine (John 15:5). So, are you too hard on yourself thinking that you have been too wild to be Christian? God says that you are not, and that you should let Him transplant you.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit [be] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]: and if the root [be] holy, so [are] the branches.

Who are you connected to? “Christ the firstfruits” (1 Corinthians 15:23) and Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Friday, January 26, 2018

Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them [be] the reconciling of the world, what [shall] the receiving [of them be], but life from the dead?

So, casting away Israel as a nation to save the world, what will receiving the gospel from the Gentiles lead to? Having life from being dead “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The wages of sin is not life in hell but death. And if one does not want to be eternally dead, never to exist again, then receive the gospel, which is now in the hands of the Gentiles, and live! And receiving the gospel involves obedience (1 Peter 4:17). So, do you accept the saving, everlasting gospel (Revelation 14:6)?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Romans 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation [them which are] my flesh, and might save some of them.

So, do you let people believe whatever they want, or do you provoke or suggest to people to follow the doctrines of Christ?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

He’s not bragging about the position of being the apostle to the Gentiles but rather glorifying God who wanted an apostle to the Gentiles. Paul simply was placed into that office. The office or position glorifies God in that He no longer works just with the people of Israel but rather is open to the Gentiles now. So, do you further the activity of the office by also taking the gospel to anyone that is willing to listen?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Romans 11:12 Now if the fall of them [be] the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

Do the riches of the world, not necessary money or gold, distract you? It can be anything, including binge watching TV programs, collecting a certain object, visiting the capital of every state, etc.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but [rather] through their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Salvation has always been available to the gentiles. We have Rahab, King Nebuchadnezzar, Ruth as three examples of non-Israelites receiving salvation personally. The meaning of the verse is that instead of the salvation being housed in Israel to teach the world, it now belongs to the Gentiles to go to teach the world. Therefore, the fall of Israel in crucifying Christ transferred the holders or people responsible for evangelizing the world from Israel to the Gentiles. Now, are you picking up that responsibility and teaching others?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Romans 11:9-10 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

Those that do not follow God’s commandments, statutes, and precepts, let their table full of unclean, unhealthy food be basically a wakeup call. There is no reason that people should be so sick as we are today. Cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, even bone degeneration, and much more is prevalent, and it all comes down to what we are eating for the most part. Of course, as people listen to doctors and scientists instead of the Bible, their eyes do become darkened, but even too much sugar leads to blindness, dimness of eyes. So, will you consider studying God’s health principles and avoid all of these things?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

God did not purposely put these people to sleep, but “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). If light is given but people refuse it, there is but one option left, darkness, sleep, blindness. This is repeated in essence in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” God does not say, “Because you don’t believe the truth, I will make you believe delusions.” Rather, it is the result of not believing in the truth that delusions are then believed. The reason it is said in this manner as if God purposely puts it into people is because even though God is right, He takes responsibility for even wrong results perpetrated by the receiver. So, are you asleep, in a delusion, blind, or do you see the truth, the light? Of course, people who are asleep, blind, and in a delusion, cannot answer such because they believe they have the truth and are enlightened.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Romans 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Why did Israel, even Christians today, not obtain salvation for which they seek? “And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The election or few are the only obtainers, just as it will be. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). What about the many? Are they truly blind today? “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17). So, do you seek God with your whole heart? Are you going against the majority striving to be one of the elect? Are you taking Jesus’ counsel seriously (“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” - Revelation 3:18)?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Just remember, if one uses this verse to do away with the works of keeping the commandments, Paul did write, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16). Again, no amount of works can add to receiving God’s grace, His justification, our salvation, but this does not negate then, the obedience to the law, which is a sanctified life. “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). And remember, “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy” (Leviticus 20:7). That means sanctification and holiness are synonyms. So, do you pit grace and works at each other, or do you understand how they harmoniously operate that without the one or the other we are not right with God?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal.

So, do you sometimes feel like you are the only one living according to the Bible? Given the vast world we live in, there is at least another 7,000, and according to Revelation 7, there will be 144,000. Out of nearly 8 billion people on this planet, that is not many. And no wonder people feel like they are all alone in this battle. Putting things into perspective, there are 195 countries. Thinking that each country has the same number of committed Christians, that is only 738 souls in each country. In the United States, there are 50 states. That means of those 738 committed souls to Christ, only 15 exist in each state! This is assuming all things are equal once again, which they are not. But even so, 15 scattered throughout Texas or Alaska or even California means that the likelihood of coming across a like believer will be far and few in between. One may bump into another like believer in smaller states. Now, when Jesus said, “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14), we see why. The important thing though is to not compare ourselves to others but rather “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24) and be one of those 144,000. The good news is, these 144,000 evangelize to bring in a few more, but I would rather be part of the 144,000 than to take my chances on being part of the secondary group. So, are you striving or are you waiting around for more signs?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Romans 11:2-3 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

Death of Jesus and now here we see the prophets as well as tearing down the altars, that was some serious apostasy. And though the nation of Israel is no longer God’s favorite nation, He has not forsaken individual people. The Gentile nation is now responsible to sending the message to the world. Again, how active are you in doing that, even to Jewish people?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin.

Just because God no longer favors Israel as a nation does not mean every Jew is now condemned. There is opportunity for everyone to come to Christ. But are you completely handed over to Christ no matter your background?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

History proves that Israel was disobedient and gainsaying. Interestingly, spiritual Israel is doing the exact same thing, only this time they use the excuse that grace or faith or both permit the disobedience. So, are you a disobedient spiritual Israelite or do you live in obedience?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

God does reveal Himself to others not of the faith. Look at King Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh in Egypt both receiving dreams. But if you are a Christian, are you seeking Him and to know the true God?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you.

Yes, Israel knew these things and yet, they provoked God by joining the false worship of other nations and enjoining themselves in foolishness, they got God angry. And yet, Christians do the same thing. By participating in worldliness, joining Christianity and paganism together and passing it off as approved and pleasing to God, and much more just angers God so much so that He draws a line between those that follow Him as opposed to those that follow antichrist. So, do you know these things and avoid these false Christian activities, or are you blinded with the attitude that there is nothing wrong with it as long as Jesus is referenced?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

And that is where we are today. Technically, the Word has gone into all the earth. Not every individual has heard it yet, but are you helping it to be so, even in our own country?

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Romans 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

All those that lack faith more than likely lack in hearing the true Word of God. So, how strong is your faith?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Here we see “believe” means to “obey”. So, are you obeying the gospel or just believing mentally about the gospel?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Too many preachers are preachers because it is a job or they like the attention. Every example in the Bible of God’s preachers happen to be those that have been sent. And they are sent with a message. Today’s message is outlined in Revelation 14:6-12. Many do not know who the antichrist beast is. Many do not know what the image of the beast is. And many definitely do not know what the mark of the beast is. That is definitely one way to know if a preacher is sent or not of God. So, do you know the details of those things? Will you study it out? Will you go forth with it?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

As explained yesterday that one cannot simply take a verse against other verses of the Bible, now we see that by hanging on the belief that all one has to do to be saved is “call upon the name of the Lord” is to take it out of context. It was never intended to discredit complete belief in which actions represent those beliefs. It was not to negate hearing the Word of God. And it was not intended to negate the preacher bringing the Word of God. Again, do you take all of the scriptures with the proper intent, or do you read into them what you want?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

And people say, “See, that’s all you have to do to be saved!” Really! That’s it? So, we are going to ignore the verse that says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). And are we going to ignore the verse that says, “He that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). Those that say, “Yes” are the ones that do not know how to study the Bible to get it to be God’s Word instead of human interpretation. Proper understanding in joining the pieces together is that a person who calls upon the name of the Lord does so with a complete surrender to Him, for “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). So just calling on the Lord while living in sin with no desire to let go of it will not result in being saved but is actually an abomination to God. Now a person that wants pulled out of their sins, will want to also be baptized and will want to stay away from their sins even until the end of their life or the end of the world enduring all temptations. So, how lax of a Christian are you because of claiming this verse and this verse alone going against the proper method of Bible study outlined in Isaiah 28:9-10? Or how strong of a Christian are you because you do take in all of the verses to get a clear “Thus Saith the Lord”?

Monday, January 01, 2018

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

God does not make any distinction between people based upon nationality. Therefore, all those that are hyped up about end time prophecies involving today’s Israel are actually working against the teachings of the Bible. Salvation is not housed in the truth found only held by Jews today. In fact, they no longer have the truth. The truth is now found in Christianity, which is offered to the Jew and the Greek equally, where Greek is basically a reference to a non-Jew. So, how do you see end time prophecy regarding Israel? Physical fulfillment or spiritual fulfillment?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

It does not mean that everyone will understand or agree, but nonetheless, when one ends up walking the streets of gold, it is not going to matter. So, what is important to you in this relationship with Jesus? Jesus or what others think?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

What do people believe? 1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” It is not just believing in God or even that the Bible is the Word of God. It is believing so much that there is a complete transformation of character that they obey it. And confessing simply that Jesus is the Son of God takes on a deeper meaning “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If we do not confess our sins, we shall be lost. So, do you believe in the transforming power of the Word of God that leads people to confess and forsake all of their sins? That is what leads to salvation.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Romans 10:8-9 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

What is so significant about believing that Jesus has been raised from the dead? Is it just simply to believe Jesus is not in the grave? Is it simply to believe that Jesus is alive again? Is it simply to believe that if Jesus came out of the tomb that He has power to pull us out of the grave if we die and are buried? Or is it all of this plus the fact that sin could not keep Him in the grave as He did not sin? That means He had the victory over sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). And if we believe that then He can grant us such victory as well, and if we believe that, we shall be saved. Do you believe with your whole heart that you can have victory over all of your sins?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Romans 10:6-7 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

“We have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God” (Hebrews 4:14). We do not have an uncaring Savior Who someone must fetch. And He certainly is not dead somewhere. He is alive and serving in the temple of which we may “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). So, where do you see Jesus at in your life?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

Keeping the law is not a list of do’s and don’ts but rather a way of life. So, how do you live?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Romans 10:4 For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

This is a verse that is so misunderstood. The law has not ended thanks to Christ, but Christ is the RESULT of the law for righteousness. The law points out sin. We are hopelessly lost “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Christ provides the righteousness that we need. So, do you continue sinning thinking the law has been done away with, or do you live in compliance to the law because Christ has washed away your past transgressions of it that you have confessed (1 John 1:9)?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

“All our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6), but that does not discredit commandment keeping. In fact, “he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). We keep the commandments because we are saved, and not to be saved. So, do you keep the commandments at all?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

People may be on fire for God but mistaken. Nothing wrong with being mistaken as long as we understand that “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So, are you willing to change your perspective on things as God’s Word enlightens, or are you just stubborn like the majority of the Jews were in Paul’s day?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

I pray that all Christians today would be saved, but the Bible tells a different story as it did in Paul’s day. “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, will you be of the few that will make it?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Romans 9:30-33 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

This does not put away the law but it straightens out the cart and horse relationship. Unfortunately today, there are so many Christians that point to their good works, including keeping the commandments, as deserving of going to Heaven. “Lord, I kept all the rules!” Basically, we are saved to do good works, including keeping the commandments. We are not keeping the commandments to be saved. So, do you even keep the commandments? If you do, do you have it in the proper sequence? If you do not keep the commandments, why not? The Bible says, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31).

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Romans 9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

They were reduced to ashes, so thank God for the promised seed of Genesis 3:15 and fulfilled in Jesus through the example He set for all to follow and those that do become “the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). So, do you submit to Christ or self?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut [it] short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Believe it or not, according the Bible reckoning of time, this planet is just shy of 6,000 years. Then the planet will rest for 1,000 years completing the 7,000 year period where we are “not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). But according to this verse, we should not reach that point because God is going to cut it short. Are you ready to meet God?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Paul is agreeing even in our day. Despite all of the Christians in the world, only “the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17) will be saved. So, do you keep al Ten Commandments and have, through obedience, the Word of God?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

Although God has chosen the Gentiles to be His people, it is not every Gentile. His people are those going forth with the message entrusted to them instead of the Jews. They had their opportunity to evangelize the world and did not. Now it is the Gentiles taking the gospel to the world instead. So, are you truly a child of the living God, or are you just wearing the name tag?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Romans 9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

Osee means “salvation”. So, in regards to salvation, there is a people that were not originally God’s people. God’s people were the Israelites, but now the Gentiles are God’s people, along with Jews who individually choose salvation through Jesus Christ. Likewise, Israel was His beloved, and now the Gentile nations are. And the reason is because Israel and the Jews overall do not have the salvation message for they rejected and continue to reject Jesus as their Savior. The Gentiles and the Gentile nations have the message now. So, do you still think Israel are God’s people, or do you see prophecy being fulfilled through Spiritual Israel, the Gentiles?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Romans 9:23-24 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

God’s glory is revealed through His mercy, and thank God that He not only called the Jews but now us as Gentiles as well. How much do you appreciate His mercy? Enough to cease from your sins?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Romans 9:22 [What] if God, willing to shew [his] wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Another way of saying this is, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God’s wrath is going to be poured out but for 6,000 years, He has been patient with this race, of which all deserve to receive His wrath “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and yet makes provision to exercise His mercy. What love towards He has in addition to patience! So, do you continue to try His patience, or do you appreciate His love too much to continue sinning?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Romans 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

As any potter would attest, all may start out the same but none end the same due to many factors: air too dry, too much water, not enough clay, too focused upon one spot so it become thin, not focused on others spots so it becomes thicker, etc. As God works in your life, what vessel will you choose to become?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?

Do you really think God made you the way you are. or did years of cultivation by living in a sinful planet contribute to who you are?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Romans 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

Those that do not understand God’s way will still find fault with God that He is not operating fairly, kindly, and is partial. Who are we, finite human beings, to be able to understand the way of God in specific matters. Stop playing God. When God saves a child with cancer by a miracle, praise Him, but when God allows thousands of other children to die of cancer, do not dare curse God, get angry with God, nor cast doubt. We must be like the three Hebrews in the time of Babylon before the golden statue. “If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Daniel 3:17-18). They really did not know if they were going to live or die, but this they did know, they were fully trusting in God. Likewise, we do not know what purpose a miracle shall provide or the lack thereof, but it is not for us to know everything. Like Job, we must trust that “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). So, do you find fault in God at all, or are you at complete trust in Him?

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Romans 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will [have mercy], and whom he will he hardeneth.

When God says He will have mercy upon certain people and harden others, how did Cain become harden? Was it through God’s cursing, condemning, ostracizing? “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Genesis 4:6-7). God tried every opportunity to save Cain but Cain chose the harden pathway. So really, it was not God who harden Cain’s heart but Cain himself. In fact, I see nothing wrong with how God approached Cain to discuss matters. So, do you receive God’s mercy or have you hardened your heart in your own ways?

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Did God create Pharaoh or is God simply taking responsibility? Again, to believe in predestination is about equivalent to saying that this is all some sick puppet show being put on by God and is on an ego trip. But when God simply chooses to pull people out, known as the Israelites, at a specific time and from a specific place under trying circumstances, it is the results of God’s activity that is being declared. After the famine was over, Joseph and family could have easily returned to their original land and avoided the slavery and plagues. But God knew that once people get comfortable, they need a really good reason to simply pick up and move. Through the pharaohs since Joseph, paranoia set in making them enslave the Israelites. As the story of Joseph was being told in the ears of the current Pharaoh of the time, instead of appreciating Joseph’s services hundreds of years ago, his heart became bitter. And to have this pharaoh’s own father consider making a Hebrew born slave to be heir to the throne because God was protecting Moses and blessing him, again the heart of pharaoh became rock solid. And it was at this time that God would received the greatest glory because certainly the Israelites did not set themselves free by any effort of their own. And so, do you see how absurd the puppet show is to be believed, and how much clearer it is to see God simply take responsibility?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Romans 9:16 So then [it is] not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Now, all those that believe in predestination, Paul writes clearly that it is not that God wills people into putting on a puppet show where those that He “loves” He makes them to be godly and those that He hates He makes them act ungodly. It is overall that His mercy is revealed, and those that respond to His forgiveness, He loves. Those that do not respond to His mercy, He hates, even though He still has love for them but not enough to say, “That’s alright that you want to keep sinning; come to Heaven anyways.” The Bibles says, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity” (Psalms 5:5). “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). So, are you on God’s love list or hate list?

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Romans 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

What is the reason God chooses to have compassion on some but not others? Because He knows the person. And He knows them so thoroughly that He knows them better than people know themselves. So again, do you think God is just being arbitrary, or do you see How God is the perfect judge in all matters?

Friday, December 01, 2017

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? [Is there] unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

For those that sense some unrighteousness in God that He would love Jacob, a conniving, deceiving person, but God would hate Esau, who fought many struggles just to please his family, be very careful. As Paul says, “God forbid!” So, when you do not understand how God can maintain being All Righteous with verses like those in this chapter, do you become justified in your own sinful ways, or do you realize that all these things will eventually work out, if not here on earth then in Heaven, but no matter you will do as God commands?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Romans 9:10-12 And not only [this]; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, [even] by our father Isaac; (For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

And just because Esau was born in the right line does not make one automatically the lineage of Isaac. Physically, of course it does, but spiritually it does not. Such was tried on Jesus. The Jews argued, “We be Abraham's seed” (John 8:33), and we know that those Jews are the ones that turned Jesus over to be crucified. God did not arbitrarily hate Esau, but rather God knew what type of person he would be. He was one controlled by emotions of anger, appetite ruled, selfishness controlled, and many more evil traits. Though Jacob did not start out well representing the character of Christ, Jacob was remorseful and repented. So, are you more like Jacob or Esau?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Romans 9:9 For this [is] the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

Physically, the Word came and it was so, Sarah had a baby. Spiritually, there is a difference between Sarah and Hagar. One represented a miracle; the other, the way of human effort alone. Much like today, a person that submits their will to God can have a miracle of transformation in their lives. A person thinking that obedience is their efforts alone are like an attempt at salvation through human efforts only, which is not possible. Both result in obedience, but one is “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” (2 Peter 1:4), and the other, “the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). The third and fourth groups are not even in the picture, and that is those that remain in their sins being Christian and those that live in sin and do not want anything to do with Christianity. So, are you a child of God’s promise or not?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Romans 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

When we look to being “only human” or succumbing to “human nature”, when we look how to “serve God and mammon”, when we look to see how we can be barely inside the circle of inclusion of God’s kingdom so as not to have to really give up everything, we are not the children of God and we will be miserable. When we look to the “divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), when we “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness”, when we “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37), then we are the children of the promise. So, which child are you?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Romans 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, [are they] all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Just because one can claim to be a descendant of Abraham does not make them one of the promised descendants. It is only through Isaac that the promise given. Ishmael does have a line of descendants, but despite having Abraham as his father, they are not considered the promised blood line. Spiritually though, when we submit to Christ, we are of Isaac. When we give into sin, we are of Ishmael. So, whose spiritual lineage are you of?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they [are] not all Israel, which are of Israel

The reason that all of Israel did not believe in the Messiah was not because of the Word of God, it is because so many are called by the name Israel but, in the heart, they are no better than a Gentile. This is much like today. Not everyone that claims to be a Christian is a Christian. True Christians “establish the law” (Romans 3:31), believe that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17), and will “keep [this] commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:14). So, are you a Christian in name only, or do you obey God’s commandments?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Romans 9:5 Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came], who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

When the Bible speaks of “the fathers”, it speak of those in the lineage of Israel to whom Christ, in the flesh, came. That flesh does not mean only skin and bones, but it means that He “was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). It means that “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4). In other words, do not think that Jesus is the only one that can keep the law perfectly. Each of us, from the time we come to Christ, are given “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” (2 Peter 1:4). True, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, do you believe Jesus came in some special manner that we cannot copy, or do you believe that Jesus took on the fallen nature and set an example for us “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom [pertaineth] the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service [of God], and the promises;

Paul’s people are the Israelites. They were adopted of God. Seen the glory of God in fire and cloud. Covenants were made. Both the Ten Commandments and the Levitical laws of services were given to them. And above all, the promises of eternal life, the new land, etc. were also made. Despite the many connections in common, being saved is more important when people are holding back in surrendering to God. So again, do you put earthly relationships before God, or despite the connections, you choose God above all else?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:

Placing this personally, of which we do not relate to races as much as we do towards family when it comes to religion as compared with Paul, but as we get closer to Christ, separation from family members will happen. If it is not happening, then that person is not close to Christ. Those who enjoy the ways of the world are put off by true Christians. It gets to a point that they of the world do not care to bring the likes of true Christians around so often. And even if a true Christian is brought around, it is so difficult to fit in. They will be watching TV, while true Christians do not. They will be talking about sports, non-relevant politics, and celebrities, while true Christians have a more wholesome desire of conversation. We may feel sympathetic towards them, missing them, even so much so that we could wish for our old, “uncaring to be right with God” attitude so as to join in the fun. So, which is more important to you, enjoying the closeness with family and friends but all the while being accursed of God, which means to be lost, or is your focus upon getting even closer still to God’s perfect way, hoping family and friends would be willing to follow, but if not, too bad?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Romans 9:1-2 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

This is what all of us should share, the truth, even if it hurts. We share it not to purposely hurt but to save. So, which is more important to you, other people’s feelings being hurt or their salvation?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Romans 8:38-39 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.

A lot of people look at it from the perspective of God, but in reality, it is from our perspective. How much do we love God for His loving act of sending His only begotten Son? Can facing death, advantages of life, angels with a different message, principalities persuading, powers forcing, things happening now, things happening in the future, etc. affect your loving response towards God, which is obeying Him always (John 14:23)?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Are you a conqueror, or does sin take you over?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Romans 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

In this world, we certainly are taken advantage of. Being a true Christian does come with vulnerabilities. So, are you willing to bear such, or are you not wanting to be a true Christian?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

So, what threat will be your limit in your relationship with Jesus? Hopefully none.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Romans 8:34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Christ is doing everything possible to save us, but in the end, there is “no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1), which means that those who do walk after the flesh are condemned. Therefore, the answer to the question is Jesus who works both sides. He wants to condemn no one, but by our own poor choices, He will end up condemning many. So, do you walk after the Spirit and will not be condemned, or do you walk after the flesh and will be condemned?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth.

In politics especially but in general as well, gossipers love to dig up dirt from years ago, and it seems to be getting worse and worse and worse. It seems that a more conservative a politician is, the likelihood that there will be women coming forth claiming illicit sexual activity. Not addressing the truth or lie about the matter but the timing, is very much questionable. However, when one hears about the timeframe of such allegations, these are things that allegedly happened thirty, forty, even fifty years ago. Even among friends, people love to dig up the dirt to cause contention, especially on those that have gotten closer to Jesus. Now just who can bring up such charges against the truly converted, even God’s elect? It may influence other human beings but God justified that person and those sins are no longer accounted to their record because they have truly repented, confessed their sins, and in some cases, tried to make retribution for the damages they caused. So, are you one that digs up dirt on others, even believing the gossip or believing that people cannot change, or do you have such thrown at you remembering that it does not matter what they think; it is what God states?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Since God gave up His Son for us, why would He not complete the promise of giving us eternal life, the riches of Heaven, and more? That is just it -- He will! People who put all their effort into doing something and quit at the end are in no wise examples of God in what He shall do. No wonder He says, “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). This is what we have to remember, especially in times of doubt. Did God send His Son? Yes. Therefore, I will receive these things, if I am faithful to Him (Revelation 2:10). So, are you faithful to God?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?

So, why can people not overcome all their sins? Why can people not walk after the Spirit all of the time? If God is for us, who then can be against us? The reality is, we can live in complete obedience, as long as we live in constant submission to God and die to self. So, is God truly for you in your life, or do you allow self to rule?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Remember, God is not a Being that predestines some for Heaven and some for Hell as some teach. It does not make sense regarding the hundreds or more verses that offer a choice, a pleading, a call to repentance that are recorded in the Bible. All have been predestined for Heaven, but we get to change that destination through our own poor, sinful choices. All have been called but not all are the called ones. So, the called ones here are those that responded positively to the call. Such is brought out further because it is only those that respond that become justified. Not a single person that remains selfish gets to be justified. And when one remains in a justified state, it leads to glorification. So, are you one of the called, or have you rejected God’s call?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Hosea 5:9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

Ephraim, a fruitful child of Joseph, which is therefore a child of Israel (Genesis 48:19). And if we, today, do not use God’s blessings for His glory, we too shall be made desolate. And nothing should surprise us if we are studying the prophets because “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). Yet, so many Christians hardly give proper offerings, let alone, tithes to God. They focus so much on all the wants of the world. Hardly a Christian studies God’s Word each day for themselves. So, are you actively searching the scriptures to see what is coming while giving to God’s cause the financial boost it needs, or are you selfishly keeping it for your own gain as well as leaving the Bible closed?

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

God knows everyone even before they are born. Everyone is created with the destination of being Christlike and end up with God throughout eternity. That is what all of us have been predestined to become but through our own choices, we can alter those plans to our own damnation. So, are you cooperating with the predestined plans, or are you resisting those plans living according to your selfish ways?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Notice that all things do not necessarily work for good that do not know God. Also, to love God is to answer Jesus’ request: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, living in obedience to God’s commandments means that a whole lot of Christians are not necessarily experiencing this verse because they live in disobedience to one or several of these commandments. And just to reiterate this, Jesus said, “Many be called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:16). So, are you one of God’s chosen because you love Him enough to obey all ten of God’s commandments, or do you simply profess to be a Christian living in disobedience to God’s commandments?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Hosea 5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.

Unconverted Christians beget strange children. They are strange because they are raised under the title Christian but do not know the true God, hence, they are strangers to God. Despite the gains they may experience financially, in a month’s time it will be used to further devour their lives. Today, wealth is spent on entertainment, especially that of TV. And the more they partake of TV, the further they are drifting from God. And a month of TV certainly is enough to devour what little godliness that was in them. Ultimately, in the end, the lost will experience: “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9). So, do you allow such influences into your life and your children’s lives, or do you “Train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6)?

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.

God searches the hearts trying to bring hearts into conformance to the will of God’s Spirit. Our Intercessor, Jesus, does everything possible except forcing us, therefore, it is up to us to respond positively to those promptings. So, how do you respond to God’s promptings regarding the way we ought to conduct our lives?

Monday, November 06, 2017

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Have you ever entered into prayer and not know what you should really be focusing upon only to be directed, even prompted by the Spirit to become focused upon a particular matter while you were praying? If so, you have fulfilled this verse!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].

There will be people waiting properly for the second coming and not be impatient about it. “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). So, are you waiting patiently for the second coming?

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

So do you need to see evidence or is hope sufficient for you?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Romans 8:23 And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

Are you looking forward to the second coming? Does not your body groan with past sins and the ramifications thereof? These aging bodies groan.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Another way of saying “until now” is the phrase “present moment” for the whole creation continues to groan to this day as well. In fact, “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:7). So, are you part of “Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26), or are you seeing these things as the signs of the last days and are “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:12)?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Romans 8:20-21 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Although we lost our high standard though vanity (sin), we have hope, but there are conditions. Obedience is one of them. So, do you have hope in Christ that will help you obey?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Are you waiting in earnest expectation for the manifestation to be a son or daughter of God? Right feeding, right thinking, right doing all contribute to the transformation. So, are you eating, thinking, and doing right, or are you careless claiming that grace alone saves?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Do you focus on the suffering, including having to deal with temptation, more than you do on the reward that awaits the righteous?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.

It is hard to imagine that we shall be heirs with Christ when it comes to the Kingdom of Heaven, but so many ignore the second part. It is the suffering. Suffering is not only life threatening situations that mostly happens in the Middle East. The first time someone is in a situation that others will make fun of them for choosing the godly path, they cave casting it up that they are saved by grace and not by works. So they indulge. How can such expect to be glorified then? They must be lying to themselves. Are you lying do yourself by not expecting to suffer, have to deal with temptations?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Keeping in mind that the Spirit's job is to "reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8), therefore, as we walk after the Spirit and away from the flesh, the Spirit of God bears witness to our spirit. And how do we know we are children of God? "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother" (1 John 3:9-10). So, are you really a child of God or are you stilling sinning the same sins over and over?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

When we go back to serving the cravings of our bodies, the flesh, we ought to stop and ask, "Why do we want to be under that bondage again?" We ought to fear doing that as well. Instead, we ought to be thrilled to be adopted by our Father and cry out with great thanksgiving, "Abba, Father!" So which is greater to you, the cravings of the flesh that you will have until the end of time or being adopted by God as His son or daughter?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

What a title to have -- Sons of God! Daughters too, of course. But the key is, are we listening to the Holy Spirit prompting Who "will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8). Of course "sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4); God's "commandments [are] righteousness" (Psalms 119:172), and "they that shall be judged by the law of liberty" (James 2:12). That means all the people who are not obeying the commandments are technically not being lead by the Spirit of God then. Are you being led by God's Spirit?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

It is a constant mortifying of what the body craves. We will have that all the way until the second coming. Temptation will never cease. Christians just do not give into those temptations no matter how strong they become. If we keep giving into the flesh, we shall die, and that is not the grave but eternal life will be lost. For those that keep giving in, Paul wrote, "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin" (Hebrews 12:4). So, are you living a life that will end in death by being so weak, or are you mortifying the deeds of the body so that you may live eternally?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

Giving into the flesh actually builds up the debt in which only Jesus can pay the price for. In fact, we cannot make up or pay for a single act of the flesh. And if we die in our debts, we are lost. So, how much debt are you holding onto?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Though we are dead to the world we, by the Spirit, can be alive to God that the things of the world will not matter anymore to us. So, does anything that you no longer participate in bother you anymore, or are you spiritually alive by the Spirit?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Romans 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.

If we truly are in Christ, all that we use to do and want will be dead. In other words, we would appear boring now, but if one looks at all the righteousness being done, we would be full of life. So, do you want to live for the world today and lose out on eternal life, or be lifeless to the world and have eternal life?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

A true Christian does not gratify the flesh. The flesh looks for excitement, amusement, to be fed unhealthy foods, to drink unhealthy drinks, to even go as far as to abuse the body. The Spirit on the other hand rejects what the flesh wants and dies daily to those inklings (1 Corinthians 15:31). The Spirit checks God's will in all things, especially the thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5). So, does the Spirit of God dwell in you or are you without Christ giving into the fleshly desires?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Are you trying to please God while doing what the flesh craves? Stop! It is not possible. Jesus said, "Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24), and "Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).

Friday, October 13, 2017

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Now, if one is thinking all about what they are missing out on being a true Christian, seeing how they can excuse certain practices by saying, "What's wrong with this?", and overall not wanting to submit to the commands of God completely, then there is no way that such a person will ever become subject to the law of God. Until we see the beauty in keeping God's commandments, we will always be carnal minded. So, are you trying to obey God's commandments with a carnal mind?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.

So which minded are you, carnal, thinking what the flesh desires, giving into the "human" nature? Or are you spiritually minded thinking what does God want, submitting to the "divine" nature (2 Peter 1:4) instead?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

When people are told, "You shouldn't be watching TV", "You shouldn't be going to movies", "You shouldn't be drinking caffeine", "You should not be wearing revealing clothing", "You should not like looking at cheerleaders", "You should not like eating shell fish", "You should not like…", such people will get all stirred up because they mind what feeds the flesh. "What's so bad about TV and movies?" "Why can't I go and have fun?" "Why can't I wear what I want to wear?" "Why…?" But those that are spiritual will say, "I can see how that sends the opposite message where the Bible uplifts the Ten Commandments and TV and movies contain the opposite", "I can see that wearing the revealing and tight clothing my tempt the opposite gender" (goes for males as well as females, so put your shirts back on men!), "I can see how eating the wrong food will cause health problems", "I understand…". So, what is your reaction to "thou shalt not"? Is it from the flesh or Spirit?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

So, are you fulfilling Christ righteousness by walking after the Spirit instead of the flesh?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

How many look at the Ten Commandments, agree with them, want to obey them, and in putting forth all their human effort possible, end up falling short? Probably all of us have been there and maybe are still there. So many have been there that they then declare that it is an impossibility hence all the theology with a common theme, "We are saved in our sins!" This is despite Jesus' commands, "Be ye therefore perfect" (Matthew 5:48), "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11), "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14), etc. This is despite other writers commands, "The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23), "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin" (1 John 3:9), etc. Now looking at Jesus, He took on our flesh with all of the desires, wants, etc. and turned around condemned sin in that flesh by "in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). Therefore, it is possible. On top of that, He promises to us that He "is able to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24) and provides "divine power" (2 Peter 1:3) to help. So, have you given up obedience to the Ten Commandments? Are you wanting to keep the Ten Commandments but seem to continuously break them? Or have you tapped into the divine power and are each day "denying ungodliness and worldly lusts" (Titus 2:12)?

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

When the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus rules us, we will not participate in fulfilling the law of sin, which leads to eternal death. Again, obey the spiritual and all those desires for sin will be pushed aside. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" (Romans 6:12). So, do you continuously connect with Jesus having the Spirit of Life reign, or do you give into temptation and then sin, which will result in death?

Friday, October 06, 2017

Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

This is one of the verses that modern versions of the Bible twist. It does not read, "[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" only, but the rest of the verse defines who are in Christ Jesus, which is left off in the modern versions. It is only those that choose to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh that are in Christ Jesus. That means that when the flesh says, "I need that piece of junk food", the spiritual response ought to be, "No! It will weaken my immune system." When the flesh says, "I need some nicotine", the spiritual response ought to be, "No! It poisons the body!" When the flesh says, "I want to veg out and just watch TV", the spiritual response ought to be, "No! It just pulls me towards the worldly ways." When the flesh says, "I don't feel like reading the Bible or listening to a sermon", the spiritual response ought to be, "Tough! I need the spiritual strength gained from such content." So, are you in Christ Jesus walking after the Spirit, or are you out of Christ Jesus walking after the flesh?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

What is He thanking God for through Jesus Christ? That he is able to think obedience while living in disobedience? Not so fast. Basically, if we were to be "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5), our actions would follow despite what the flesh will still crave for. There is not one person that can sin without it first being a thought. To cheat on taxes requires calculated thought to carefully conceal the truth. To cheat on a spouse begins with lustful thoughts. To kill someone begins with uncontrolled anger or lack of love for people. So, do you see this verse permitting you to commit physical sin while thinking godly thoughts, which is an impossibility, or do you see where the battle happens to be, which is the mind?

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

And this is the conclusion of all that was revealed. While sin dwells in the body, it is certain death, "For the wages of sin [is] death" (Romans 6:23). Those that advocate living a sinful life while thinking holy is salvation, this verse reveals the fallacy in that logic. It is death, as in the "second death" (Revelation 2:11). So, do you think and act differently, or do you recognize the sin problem in your life?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Romans 7:22-23 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

And that is just it. Our flesh wants to over eat, eat whatever it wants, drink whatever it wants, watch whatever it wants, listen to whatever it wants, do any amusing thing it wants, and spend selfishly, even if it is on others. There is a constant war. The mind knows what is right, and the body does not want to do it, but we are told to "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life" (1 Timothy 6:12). So are you fighting the good fight, or does the flesh break through overpowering the mind?

Monday, October 02, 2017

Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

And the good, if not done properly is described as, being "an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). Too many see the rules, go to work to keep the rules, and then expect to have Heaven. Having Heaven has already been paid through Jesus Christ. The rules reveal the acceptance of it. One does not stop murdering to earn Heaven. They stop because they want to live in harmony with other beings that will not be murdering. So, what is your motive in doing good? Is it tainted with evil?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Romans 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

He is not saying he is guilt free. He recognizes the issue: sin is still alive and active in him. And if sin dwells within, then Jesus does not. So, do you think you can physically commit sin and blame sin for sinning, or do you recognize that sin dwelling in you is the issue and it needs to die?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Again, that is not the life of a converted Christian but one that knows the rules and yet is using the excuse, "I'm only human!" That is because one is looking at the flesh and giving into the wants, and desires, and the begging, etc. that the flesh or human nature craves. The flesh will not ever cooperate. One needs to look forward to chapter 8 to see how one does live in obedience. But too many Christians rely upon this verse to excuse their way of life of continuing in sin. How sad. So, do you use this as an excuse to sin, or do you look at the whole pictures instead?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.

That is right. When we look to our human nature, the flesh, there is no good thing in it. Our flesh wants to be entertained; our flesh wants the unhealthy foods; our flesh wants the amusements; our flesh wants the attention, hence why clothing is sparse and glitter is increased or why people spend money on house trinkets that are more than necessary. And if we look to the flesh and wonder how the flesh is going to do God's will, it is not. In fact, our flesh will never be able to perform that which is good. This is why, "They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Galatians 5:24). In other words, we are going to be hounded to give in to the nagging, the begging, the craving until Jesus comes, but we are not to give into that flesh. It is to be crucified. Is your flesh crucified, or do you from time to time give in and indulge it because you cannot stand the nagging? Many parents are that way. They give into the nagging child eventually which only encourages the child to nag for other things because they know a certain amount of nagging will eventually pay off. This is why "no" is not an answer to many children. We have to have a firm resistance and NEVER give in anymore. Stop indulging both the child and the flesh. Every little giving in strengthens the flesh to come nagging again. And giving into the flesh in one area makes it harder not to give into it in other areas. This is why people fail at quitting habits or keeping certain habits as they work in other areas of their lives. It will fail! It all has to go. No lesser substitute either. It all has to go. "Ok, I will quit swearing but I will still use the lesser offensive words." Nonsense! It is not the words that are the problem but the reason for the words. "Ok, I will quit smoking and get the nicotine patch." Nonsense. All that was eliminated was the smoke in the air. Nicotine is nicotine, a poison to the body. The issue is not smoking. It is the body destroying chemicals that need to stop! So again, have you crucified your flesh?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Romans 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Now, to not read into it too far. Some people think that we are off the hook for being blamed at sinning for if it is "no more I that do it" implies a separation of guilt, but sin dwelling in us is an issue. Sin ought not dwell in us. Have we forgotten previous verses already? Sin ought to be dead to us. And then the shocking conclusion of rhetorical questions are, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2) So, which dwells in you? Sin and Satan or righteousness and Jesus?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Romans 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.

Even though we were to do that which we would not want to do, that revelation means that the law is good, is the standard for holy living. It is good because God made it. It is good because it protects us from harming ourselves even if we cannot see that. It is good because it protects others from harm even if we cannot see how. And it is good because it keeps harmony with the universe as God intended it to be. So, do you recognize the goodness of the law, or are you that blind to what sin really is?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

This is not Paul's regular life, but an experience that many people have when they are first exposed to Christ. There are three types of people. The first are those that do not care about dedicating their life to Christ. They live in sin and make no excuse for participating in it. The second is the ovecomer, the victorious Christian (1 John 5:4). They do not commit known sins (1 John 3:9), and if they do sin in a rare weak moment or by surprise, they immediately confess there sin and repent of their ways (1 John 1:9). And when sin is revealed that was unknown to be sin, again, they repent even though they know God winked at it (Acts 17:30). The third group is in between. They find themselves wanting to do that which is right but fail. They are told to hate sin and want to hate it but end up doing it. This group is in transition and need to get to the root of the issue. Self must completely die. There is a root of selfishness that is still alive, and as long as that root remains alive, they will continue to be tortured with thinking overcoming sin is an impossibility. Paul says, "walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:1) as the solution. So, do you consult self on matters or do you do as Jesus even said, "deny himself [root out the selfishness], and take up his cross [resist giving into the temptation], and follow me [obey what Jesus commands]" (Matthew 16:24)?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Do you find it hard to obey the law, the Ten Commandments? You should. Your flesh resists that which is spiritual, but we must resist the flesh. So, how is your battle going?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

God forbid if anyone thinks that the good law has been done away with. The law reveals how sinful sin really is. How sinful is it? It cost the life of Jesus Christ. So, is sin exceedingly sinful to you appreciating Jesus sacrifice to the fullest, or do you entertain it and make a mockery of what grace is all about?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

For those that think Paul does away with the Ten Commandments, why would anyone then turn around to say that there is nothing wrong with them by declaring them to be holy, just, and good? Holy speaks of reverence as well as purpose. In other words, to change anything about the law could not improve the holiness about them. Also, as we keep the commandments, we are then holy (Deuteronomy 28:9). To be just indicates that everyone is treated properly. No bribe pays the way out of being guilty so the rich cannot purchase their way out leaving the poor soul to remain guilty. Likewise, the commandments do not care if one is a celebrity or an average person. And then the commandments are good for us. Just imagine if no one stole. That means all lock companies would be out of business, and we would feel safe leaving everything in the open. Likewise, if there would be no murder, we would feel safe walking the streets at any hour. So, how much do you tear down something that is holy, just, and good?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].

When we sin, it kills eternal life. It deceives because there is actually promised great things. Eve, "the woman being deceived" (1 Timothy 2:14), was promised "your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). She then acted upon what she "saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise" (Genesis 3:6). There are good things connected with sin for if there was no benefit, it would not deceive. Wasting hours in front of TV helps people escape stress. The cancer causing habit of smoking is also a stress relief. Come to think of it, so is sleeping around, which also undermines the close marital relationship for those that seek this lustful pleasure will never know how it truly feels to be close to a spouse like none other, which leads to divorces multiplying because it is just sex. Alcohol also relieves stress as it kills the liver and important brain cells used for thinking. Sure caffeine gives that needed jolt has it wears on the heart and causes depression. So, are you deceived by sin, or are you wiser than sin?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Romans 7:10 And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death.

Breaking the commandments, living free of the commandments might provide excitement and life in this world, but it will be death for the next. So, which do you want to obey? Excitement, amusement, fun in this world, or joy in the next?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

For the most part, people do not recognize what sin is, and so they, as in, all the wants, desires, inclinations, lusts, etc. are very much alive and functioning. We know this to be true as so many in the world live that way, but when one really digs deep into the meaning of the commandments, their selfish and gratifying ways come to an end. So, are you alive to the ways of the flesh or dead to them?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin [was] dead.

So if there is no law, then there is no sin. The law is what contrasts with concupiscence or lust. And if there is no sin, none of us are guilty of sinning. Then if none of us are guilty, then we do not need a Savior. And if we do not need a Savior, then there is no need for the Son of God to have sacrificed Himself. And if there is no need for the Son of God to have come, there is no need for the gospel to be preached because there is nothing to be saved from and there would not have been a Savior. And if there is no gospel, we certainly do not need a preacher, for that is what the preacher preaches. Therefore, since the Bible does teach that there is sin in the world, that means the law still exists, and seeing we have come short of obeying that law, we certainly need a Savior to save us from our sins. And since we need a Savior, Jesus certainly fulfilled that and that is what the gospel tells us. And since the gospel needs to be told to everyone, we certainly do indeed need a preacher. So, will you listen to only preachers who teach the gospel that the law exists pointing out sin in our lives that need both cleaned up and prevented, which is done by the GRACE and POWER (not just GRACE) of Jesus Christ?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

So all those that use the prior verses to say there is no obligation to keep the Ten Commandments ought to keep reading. And just so it is clear, Paul quotes one of the Ten Commandments. So, do you treat the Ten Commandments as something sinful, or do you gain knowledge of what is sin by understanding the commandments?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.

We are only made dead in the law when we break the law. As long as we are obeying the law, we are alive. Remember, it is not the wages of the law that brings death but the "wages of sin" (Romans 6:23). And if converted, we ought to live in the spirit of the law, which is much harder than the letter. Jesus put it this way, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28). "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matthew 5:21-22). So, do you live in the newness of the spirit by keeping the spirit and the letter of the law, or do you just live in sin?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

As we have been saying, when Paul says that we are to be dead to the law, it is the motion of sin against the law and therefore the condemnation. This by no means is to be understood that we no longer are to obey the law. The ending result shall be death. So, do you think your are free to sin, or are you above the desires of the flesh?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Again, that is not regarding obedience to the law as it is the condemnation. While sinning, we are condemned. Repentance brings forgiveness. And if sin and Satan are dead to us, as revealed in the law, we may marry another. So, who are you married to, Christ or Satan?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Romans 7:3 So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

So the law that obligates the connection to the former husband is released upon the death of the husband. That husband represents sin and Satan. Are you free from Him? If not, if you try to be a Christian while holding onto one known sin, you are committing adultery. So, are you an adulteress or are you free to be espoused to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2)?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Romans 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband.

As it is in the physical marriage between people, with Jesus' exception of fornication involved in the marriage (Matthew 5:32), so it is in the spiritual relationship. We cannot marry Jesus until sin and Satan are dead in our lives. Is Satan dead in your life?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

The law or the consequence and condemnation for breaking the law definitely has dominion over us and there is nothing of ourselves that we can do to correct that. We cannot pay money, volunteer to work or do some duty, or anything. Do you recognize your utter helplessness?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So, as we continue sinning, it leads to death, for that is what is meant by wages. Nowhere in this verse does it even hint at "once you are saved you can't lose eternal life". On the contrary, it states the opposite. Now eternal life has been given as a gift to us, not in a fashion of "come as you are though and stay as you are". It has been given as "come as you are and change" if you want to accept that gift. Jesus said, "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). Paul wrote, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, what part of giving up sins are you confused about, or do you understand that all sins are to cease by the grace of God?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

When we become a Christian, we no longer live for our enjoyment or for what we can get out of lifem but rather we serve God in spreading the gospel, studying His Word, and just living godly lives, however, it all hinges on being free from sin. Are you?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.

Other than feeling good at the time, what fruit since then has sin brought? Those that just have to sleep with someone, now that years have passed away, what benefit is there today to having been with such a person or people? Those that are just into watching TV, movies, sports, etc., wasting God's time, what benefit is it today to know how a sitcom ended in 1980? What benefit is there today for fighting for tickets to see the latest movie that everyone just had to see in the 90's? What benefit is there to having had watched the Super Bowl, the World Series, the whatever, of 2000? What fruit does it reveal today