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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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 for having to be part of that party where everyone got so drunk and …? What benefit is there today for having committed any sin, even if it was yesterday? The answer is none. More importantly, are you ashamed for participating in those sins? So, how wise are you in making the godly choice instead?

Monday, September 04, 2017

Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Notice the past tense. We are not to be continuing to sin. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not" (1 John 2:1). When we do sin, righteousness is not present with us for God cannot condone a single sin. That does not mean we are constantly sinning, but if we are asking for forgiveness every time we light up a cigarette and we do that ten times a day, God does not provide righteousness for periods of two hours at a time. So, are you still a servant of sin or of righteousness?

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Those that give into whatever their body craves for, which by doing so are compounding the desires for iniquity, are being called unto righteousness that leads to holiness. Have you come to holiness or do you need to be called still to stop giving into being servants of iniquity and be servants of righteousness instead?

Friday, September 01, 2017

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

So, are you free from sin or do you still sin on a regular basis?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Does this apply to you? The doctrine of truth that you have received, are you obeying it?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Romans 6:16 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?

Please notice that this verse appears well after the baptism verse, which is in verse 4. My point is that those who think they are born again, get baptized, and cannot be lost should rethink that theology because well after baptism verse, we have the continuous right choices to make. If a supposed born again Christian chooses to sin, they will die. If a born again Christian chooses to live in obedience to all that is commanded, they will be considered righteous and receive of Christ's righteousness to live. And choosing to obey sin is not a constant choice either. To be considered guilty of choosing to sin just takes an inconsistent life. God is looking for consistency, not convenience. Too many Christians may resist sin until the pressure is too much and will give in because, well, they cannot be lost. That is wrong. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not" (1 John 2:1). That is the desire of God. In fact, Jesus directly said, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). So, which do you choose every moment of your life?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Continuing from the statement of yesterday, those that think that law keeping is the opposite of grace must read this series of questions and answers. Paul quickly follows up on a check of his own words. "What then?" In other words, "What do you conclude?" "Am I giving permission to sin?" "Are you concluding that because I said we are not under the law but under grace that we are not under the obligation to keep the law when I meant we are not under the condemnation for sinning?" And then Paul uses the strongest language short of using foul words by stating, "God forbid!" So, are you weak and anti-law keeping so as to enjoy a life of sin that you think you are saved by grace anyways, or do you realize grace simply takes away the penalty, death, for breaking the law but then we do not abuse grace by continuing to break the law, therefore, we live in obedience to the law?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Unfortunately so many Christians take this to mean that since we are under grace we are not under the obligation to keep the law. This contradicts verses before and after in which we "establish the law" (Romans 3:31). The true meaning is that because of grace, we are not under the condemnation of the law that we have broken. In other words, all of the times that we have broken the law, we need something to wipe that history away. That something is grace. And grace then permits us to live. So, how much do you appreciate grace? Too little that you beat yourself up over your past? Too much that allows you to continue to break the law? Or just right in which your past sins are wiped clean and empowered to obey the law?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.

So, who do you yield or give yourself to?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Does sin still reign in your body? Do you do whatever you please thinking you are saved? That is not what Paul taught. Sin is to cease as a revelation of salvation.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

When temptation comes your way, are you dead to sin and looking for the escape that God has provided (1 Corinthians 10:13)?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Romans 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

One act in death was sufficient for victory! And if one act covers our sins, then one life of living for God should be sufficient to strengthen us as well. So, do you live for God or self?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

And this same victory over death is offered to us. "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. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law" (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). And we see why death was unable to keep Jesus in the grave -- He was without sin! And only the righteous will be granted the resurrection until eternal life (Matthew 25:46). So, are you striving for Christ righteousness?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

If we are dead to our sins, that we do not commit sin, and we live for righteous ways, live for Jesus, we shall have eternal life. Remember, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not" (1 John 2:1). "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, are you dead to your sins or are sins alive in you?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Are you free from your sins?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Is your old life of sin dead? Is your old life that led to sin also dead? Serving sin is not just breaking the commandments. It covers all the careless activities leading up to it as well. People who feed the flesh tend to wonder why they cannot overcome their sins. This includes cutting out most amusements, friendships, sometimes relatives. It also includes what we listen to, what activities we are involved in, and more. But is Heaven not worth it? All avenues must be cut off. Again, is your old man (woman) dead?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:

So, have you died to all your sins? If so, "this mortal shall have put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:54) and eternal life is yours.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

After being buried in baptism, do you live a new life? Do you obey only righteousness or do you make excuses to continue sinning?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

And yet so many Christians continue to live selfish lives. Oh, it may not be obvious because many are so giving, yet they gratify their own appetites, continue to hold onto habits, seek their own amusements, wear clothing for fashion and not for godliness, etc. So, have you been baptized into Christ's death, or do you still live for self?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

If every Christian would simply take this verse to heart there would be no question about the balance between faith and works, grace and commandments, and whatever other confusion there is. We are saved by faith, since there is no message provided that tells us personally that we have been accepted, and we take the Bible by faith as we did not see it be brought into existence. We are saved by grace because it is a gift from God. But we are not saved by grace through faith so that we can continue sinning. We are to be dead to sin. We are not to live in sin. We are to "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11) "according as his divine power hath given unto us" (2 Peter 1:3). So, do you think the commandments are dispensed with so you can sin under grace, or do you see grace more as covering our past disobedience encouraging us to live in obedience?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

See, so many people think that we have permission to just break the commandments as we desire and that is not so. Now, do you read the book of Romans thinking it does away with the Ten Commandments?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Romans 5:20-21 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Many jump on the law being the Ten Commandments. How can that be? Most Christians erroneously believe the Ten Commandments were given to the Jews through Moses yet the offence came in the garden as all of chapter 5 has been detailing. Moses received merely a copy of the original commandments in which Lucifer himself actually transgressed so that law certainly did not enter in because of offence; it was what revealed an offense occurred. The law that was instituted at the time of the offense from Adam and Eve was that of the sacrificial system. That is how Adam and Eve left the garden with animal skins (Genesis 3:21), Cain and Abel fought over Abel's animal sacrifice (Genesis 4:4-5), and why all the patriarchs continued the animal sacrifice (Genesis 8:20, Genesis 22:8) consisting mostly of the lamb, pointing to the Lamb of God as John the Baptists said (John 1:29, John 1:36). So, do you believe this law does away with the Ten Commandments contradicting so many passages that call people to continue to keep them, or do you see it is the sacrificial law that pointed to the grace to be revealed?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

And the wonderful theme where despite being subject to this sinful planet over one man's disobedience, it is much more thrilling to focus on how One's life of obedience saves. Instead of testing each couple one at a time and upon each failure providing no hope of salvation, God chose this plan instead. So, how thankful are you for the gift of being made righteous?

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.

As you see, the free gift is for justification sake. The sanctification part is not so free. It requires us to "Resist the devil" (James 4:7), "establish the law" (Romans 3:31), "Put on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:11), basically, "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17). So, do you accept the free gift of justification realizing that sanctification is a different matter, or are you deceived into thinking that justification is sufficient for eternal life?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Romans 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Paul continues his theme of comparing the fall of Adam that although we suffer for one persons fall by the perpetuation of sinning we have Christ whose righteous life gives us another option to choose to live for and a reward in the end of eternal life. So, what choice are you making, to continue in sinning and die eternally or live for Christ and live eternally?

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Romans 5:16 And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto justification.

So all it took was one sin to have condemnation but Jesus paid the price for the many offences since then, even to the justification of all who believe. Do you believe?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Romans 5:15 But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Some think it to be unfair to be condemned to this planet because of one couple's actions, Adam and Eve. At the same time, is it equally fair to save everyone through on person's action, Jesus Christ? That is how things have been set up, and we ought to look at the actions of Heaven in sending Jesus as truly a gift. God could have simply blew the planet apart and started over. Everyone witnessed the deliberate disobedient act by both and all knew the consequences, unlike Satan's which was more in the mind having the form of coveting at first. That means God would have been justified in His actions, yet, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). So, how thankful are you to having the Gift?

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Although Enoch was taken to Heaven (Genesis 5:24), Moses is the first to have been resurrected from the dead (Jude 1:9). This personal resurrection of Moses was a figure of Jesus, Who said, "I lay down my life, that I might take it again" (John 10:17). Those that did not sin along with Adam are those of other planets that know not what sin is firsthand. So, do you appreciate the power that Jesus has over death, even the death we deserve?

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Romans 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Another way of saying this, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). We cannot be charged with a sin if we do not know it is a sin, but when we know, we are to cease. So, do you excuse yourself continuing in sin because that is how you lived your life, or do you realize that it was by the grace of God that you were allowed to sin unknowingly but now it is time to stop?

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

So Adam opened the gateway for sin to be passed to all descendents. We are so tainted by sin that even good deeds have selfish motives. How sad what one act of disobedience could lead to. Do you consider your actions and extending ramifications?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Romans 5:11 And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

And just how much joy do you have thinking that Jesus atoned for your salvation, assuming you have chosen salvation instead of sin?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

What an amazing God! While we were His enemies, instead of giving us what we deserved, we received what we did not deserve -- an opportunity to live. And it cost God's Son's life. So, how much do you appreciate what God and His Son has done?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

The only way to be saved is completely through the justification of Jesus' blood. Keep in mind, justification is just part of salvation. Do not forget about sanctification. So, do you freely accept your payment for Heaven by the blood of Jesus alone?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

He died for us even though most of us don't really become true Christians until later in life. We are not born a Christian. So Jesus died basically while we were yet in a lost state. How much do you appreciate what Jesus has done to save us?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

Would you give your life if it meant saving eternally another person's life?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

At some point in our lives, we were considered ungodly and Christ died for us. While we were without strength to overcome any sin, Christ had compassion upon our race. And to think, we barely show Christian kindness to those we actually like. Does that seem right to you?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

And that hope that God will see us through the tribulations, hope to have victory over sin, hope to having the right words to share will be realized in a way that shall not make us not ashamed of having such hope. The reason is that God's love shall be shed abroad in our hearts. It will flow in us and through us to be seen of others. Is that your experience?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Romans 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

So after experiencing tribulation and accepting the patience it works, this in turn develops experience. The experience is that of building trust with God. Once that experimental relationship is formed, we have hope, hope that God will see us through, hope that we shall have victory over sin, hope in having the right words to share. So, are you experiencing God in this manner?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Romans 5:3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

So, do you glory in tribulations or do you murmur and complain? Do you worry or concern yourself about the future when Jesus said, "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"? Stressing out about events of the future, complaining about problems instead of just dealing with them, all does not work patience. So, are you on the path of working patience or against patience?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

We only have access to grace by faith because it is not something seen nor is it physically confirmed. When we confess and forsake our sins receiving of God's grace, it is not like an angel comes down tells us that all is well, and there is no writing on a wall the word, "Forgiven!" But through faith, we can rejoice and have hope of the glory of God. So, how strong is your faith?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

The reason we have peace is because sin that separates is removed. Justification is allowing Jesus "to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 1:24), therefore it is as if we never sinned. So, are you weighed down in all of your sins or have you confessed and forsaken them by the power and grace of Jesus Christ?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

No wonder it is said of the Messiah, "Messiah be cut off, but not for himself" (Daniel 9:26). He would be cut off or die for us. How undeserving we are. We have created all these offences and the people that have repented become justified by Jesus' life while He got to suffer the second death despite the righteous life He led. No wonder we cannot earn salvation, but we sure can be appreciative of it by living in obedience and no longer in sin. So, do you make a mockery of what Christ has done by continuing to sin, or have you appreciated what He has done and ceased by His grace from sin?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Romans 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

And as we led people yesterday to wait for an answer to our question, today is the day we get to know who else Christ's righteousness is imputed to. It is imputed to us! That should thrill our souls. Now, do you believe or do you believe? "What is the difference?", you may ask. The difference is that there is a whole lot of people that acknowledge that God exists and that He sent His Son, but few believe that such belief generates power towards victory over sin. The right belief is important. Which type do you have, a powerless one or a powerful one?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Romans 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

So imputing, placing on, given as a gift is not to Abraham alone, as we have been saying. In the next verse it will explicitly state who else it is imputed upon, but what we are to take from reading what is written is how Christ righteousness is imputed and not earned, not worked for, nothing. But do keep in mind, Christ's righteousness being imputed is only part of the salvation plan. So, do you see how Christ's righteousness was given and not earned by Abraham, which means, there is no difference between Old and New Testaments regarding salvation?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Romans 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

This is what is available to each of us. Basically, through the imputed righteousness of Christ all who receive Him by faith can show their loyalty by living in obedience to all that God commands, even the law contained in the Ten Commandments. So, will you pray for Christ's righteousness to be imputed to you?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

This is the type of God we serve. When He promises something, He performs it. So when He tells us, "Be ye therefore perfect" (Matthew 5:48), "it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). So, do you believe this or do you lack belief?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Romans 4:19-20 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Do you have that much faith? Against all scientific reasoning, Abraham had faith that he would have a son. He did not know how, but he knew he would have one. We are not talking about the physical barriers regarding passing a test, getting a job, even paying the bills. We are talking only about the way of God. That means being right with God and sharing the gospel is our focus of where impossibilities require a miracle to happen and our faith that it will. So, what physical things seem impossible for you in regards to God? Is it sin in your life? Is it being afraid to speak to others about God?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Romans 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

Ever hear of the phrase, "Against all odds?" That is Abraham. Even when hope seemed to be fading away, he had hope. Too many cave when there is a little resistance. "I pass out hundreds of tracts on Bible subjects and I haven't received one response." Who says responses are the expected result? We are to leave the results with God having hope in Isaiah 55:11, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it." "I try to set an example for others to follow but do you think there is even one person that wants to follow?" Who says today is the day to respond? When the time really counts, we may be really surprised when all of the seeds we planted bears fruit. So, will you continue your life of living for Christ against all apparent earthly hope having heavenly hope?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Abraham believed in God, the God that is able to give life to the dead, able to predict the future accurately and not based on the past. So, do you believe in the same God as Abraham did, Who can work a miracle even in your life to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14)?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Romans 4:16 Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all

Again, before and after Abraham, we are saved by grace. In other words, all humans are saved the same way -- grace. Why? Because "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). One sin requires grace and seeing all of us have sinned, we all need grace. So, do you treat Old Testament people differently from New Testament? You should not.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Romans 4:14-15 For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, [there is] no transgression.

It must have been a big deal in Paul's day with people thinking they were justified by keeping the law, but do know that if there is no law, as in, it has been done away with, then there is no such thing as sin. Such cannot be the case as we know sin seems to be reigning today. But regarding justification, all the law keeping is meaningless. So, are you relying upon your works to be justified, or by the grace of Christ?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Again, Christ righteousness cannot be added unto nor does it expect a certain amount of obedience. It begins with the free gift of His righteousness, which will lead to holy living, but that is not the point. The contrast is that righteousness is offered to both those that have received the commandments and those that have not because it is by faith in Christ. Keep in mind, this is just one part of salvation called justification. There is more to salvation than justification, but when it comes to justification, are you reaching out to Christ to receive it, or are you trying to become a better person on your own before coming to Christ?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Romans 4:11-12 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which [he had yet] being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which [he had] being [yet] uncircumcised.

A lot of words basically to say that both Jews, the circumcised, and the Gentiles, the uncircumcised, would be granted Christ's righteousness. Now it is not just to any Jew or Gentile but to those that walk in the steps of faith, which is more than an intellectual belief, it is also a way of life. So, do you walk according to the faith that people of God are supposed to have, which is "the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12) while also walking to "keep the commandments of God" (Revelation 14:12)?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Romans 4:9-10 [Cometh] this blessedness then upon the circumcision [only], or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Abraham was considered righteous before circumcision was introduced revealing the true weight of the practice, hence it is not important after the purpose of it regarding Jesus, and so since it has served its purpose, we ought not make it point of contention. It is not like circumcision was introduced with Adam and Eve. Now do you concern yourself about it at all?

Monday, July 03, 2017

Romans 4:8 Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

If God were to place our sin upon us, we would die the second death. So not to have our sin placed upon us means potentially eternal life. By not confessing and forsaking all of our sins means we actually retain them all for "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination" (Proverbs 28:9). Therefore, if we refuse to hear, which includes obey, even one commandment, the confession of all of our other sins is actually an abomination. So, do you want your sin imputed upon you, or will you forsake all of your sins by the grace of God?

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Romans 4:7 [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Some confusion exists with the "sins are covered" part. That is not forgiveness for iniquities and all other sins are taken care of. The only sins that are covered are those that have been confessed and those of ignorance. So, have you confessed and forsaken your sins so they can be forgiven and covered?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

Declaring a person righteous is done without the works. We cannot earn righteousness. We cannot add anything to it. All righteousness is imputed through the blood of the Lamb. Do you accept Christ's righteousness, which is forgiveness as well as a desire to not repeat the sins one is being forgiven of?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Yet another way of saying, "Works does not contribute to justification. It is by faith alone." So, do you have that faith?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

No wonder we pray, "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12). How much debt are you carrying and looking for another solution outside of God's plan? Why not surrender all your debt to Him?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Righteousness is holy living, not justification, therefore, do not take all the texts that state that works have nothing to do with justification as license to live carelessly. After justification, we are to live a righteous life for "he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous" (1 John 3:7). So, are you living a righteous life?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath [whereof] to glory; but not before God.

People get salvation and justification so mixed up. Justification is the forgiveness of sin but salvation also includes sanctification or holy living. Works play a role in sanctification but not in justification. So, Abraham was not justified by his works. If he did glory in the works, it would not be before God because works do not play a role in justification. So, do you know the difference between salvation and justification? Do you live just in the life of justification ignoring the rest of the plan of salvation, which is sanctification?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Romans 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

Flesh is equivalent to works. And so, what did Abraham recognize regarding his own works? The greatest of all his works of course was the willingness to sacrifice his own son! What he recognized was not even that great work contributed to his own justification. No works can contribute to such. Justification is purely a gift of God. Do you accept this gift?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

So all those that believe the keeping of the law works against faith, think again! We establish or live it by God's grace! And if you do not think it is possible, "ye of little faith" (Matthew 6:30). So, how much faith do you have?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Romans 3:30 Seeing [it is] one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

We serve one God, not multiple, and we do so by faith, especially since there is no messenger that tells us that we have been justified. So, do you believe when you have confessed your sins that you are justified, or do you listen to the devil that keeps stirring up guilt for confessed sins?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Romans 3:29 [Is he] the God of the Jews only? [is he] not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

And yet, so many Christians attribute prophecy for the Jews only. They believe in the secret rapture leaving the Jews to evangelize the world. This is nothing short of deception. God is not the God of the Jews only. The last day message, which ought to be given even now, is to be given by all believers. So, how active are you in listening to the God of the Gentiles also?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

That is correct. There is absolutely nothing that can contribute to justification. Jesus paid it all. Sanctification on the other hand is a different story. So, are you trying to earn justification or have you freely accepted it?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Romans 3:27 Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

And just how much faith do you have? When I say that I have faith in Jesus to save that is not the same as the average Christian. I have faith that Jesus "shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21) and not a continuation of sinning. I have faith that Jesus "is able to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24). I have faith that He shall help me "keep the commandments of God" (Revelation 14:12). Those that do not believe one can keep the commandments simply do not have faith. So, how much faith do you have?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Romans 3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Remember, Jesus is just. That means that He balances forgiveness and punishment for sin. Basically He is "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation]" (Exodus 34:7). If He simply forgives, then Satan ought to be left back into Heaven and this whole mess that we are in since Adam's and Eve's fall is all for nothing. If He simply strikes people with lightning for every infraction, we would all be destroyed by now. So there is a balance where, "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). Now confession of sin means we also do not want to do it again, therefore, we stop sinning by His grace. We are then justified and permitted entrance to Heaven. So, have you confessed and forsaken all of your sins?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Christ righteousness covers past sins, not planned future sins, yet, so many Christians carelessly sin thinking once they are a Christian, their activity then has no bearing upon salvation. So they curse; they sexually fool around unmarried or with someone who is not their spouse even in conversation; they watch sin for entertainment; they listen to sin in music; they go to places they ought not go; and pretty much allow people to believe whatever errors those people like because they do not want to be caught judging any people. What a mockery! After remission of sins, Jesus says, "sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14), "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak" (Matthew 26:41), and "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James 5:20). So, how much watching, and praying, and not sinning do you do along with how much do you care about the salvation of others, or do you simply mock the use of Jesus' blood and not care if people go to hell?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Here we see that justification or forgiveness of our sins is freely given to us and only means is by the blood of Jesus. With that said, that means we have requested such. Jesus does not just simply pour out redemption for all. It is only made available to all. Further, when we ask for justification, then that means we are now willing to submit to a Christian lifestyle and not continue in our old ways. So, do you really see how much more involved justification is beyond simply saying, "I'm saved"?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Joel 1:12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, [even] all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

God says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 1:4). Too bad so many Christians do not believe in God having truth that we are to conform to. They believe that everyone is allowed to believe whatever they want and call it truth. Nonsense! So, do you walk in God's truth or your own?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Please notice the past tense. Yes, we all have SINNED, but we do not all have to continue to SIN. In fact, if we really believe that Jesus is our Savior, then we ought to believe "greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4) "For if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not" (2 Corinthians 8:12). Why is it acceptable? Because then God can work with us. The end result is "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life" (Revelation 2:7), "He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death" (Revelation 2:11); "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written" (Revelation 2:17); "he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations" (Revelation 2:26); "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels" (Revelation 3:5); "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God" (Revelation 3:12); "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Revelation 21:7); and "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). He that does not overcome does not get these things. So, won't you start with giving God your mind?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Christ's righteousness is truly by faith, which is right doing by the power of God for "he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous" (1 John 3:7), hence why the last day group is described as having the "faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12) and yet also "keep the commandments of God" too (Revelation 14:12). So, how much faith do you have?

Friday, June 09, 2017

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

There are people who live righteous lives by the manifestation of God's righteousness in them as they allow God to use them. And their lives will be brought into accordance with the law and the prophets. This is the ultimate testimony of a converted soul. So while so many Christians resist obedience to the commandments and want to nail them to the cross, here we have people unaware of those commandments being led by the Spirit into obeying them. Now, are you letting God's righteousness work through you, or are you resisting obedience?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

No one can be JUSTIFIED, forgiven, even saved by obeying the law, but the law has not been done away with for it tells us what sin is. And therefore, it is the expectation that we keep the law. Once again, we do not keep the law to be saved, but once we are saved, we keep the law. So, do you throw the law completely out or do you live in obedience to it?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:37), in fact, He also said, "every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36). So, how careful are you to speak to others or even mumble under your breath?

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

"The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate" (Proverbs 8:13). That is just it, even among Christians at large, where Christians do not HATE evil. For the most part, evil is tolerated. Many are entertained by evil. Many listen to the music containing evil. Many go to places of evil. And evil is as simple as foul language and dressing inappropriately. Let us face it: if we hate evil how can we even attend pools in the summer where the skimpiest clothing is revealed? So, do you hate evil, or do you tolerate it especially with your eyes?

Monday, June 05, 2017

Romans 3:17 And the way of peace have they not known:

Such people that do not seem to get the victory over sin do not get to actually experience the true peace that Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). It is not a false hope but a power that transforms the soul. So, what type of peace do you think you have?

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Romans 3:16 Destruction and misery [are] in their ways:

When truth is revealed, ever notice how those that disagree with it tend to ignore that whole "freedom of speech thing?" They want book burnings, boycotts, marches, etc. Such miserable people they are. Personally, I would defend the rights of a Satanist's free exercise of speech for to restrict one group will eventually affect all others. So, how worked up do you get over the truth?

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Romans 3:15 Their feet [are] swift to shed blood:

Those that are only partly converted hate being called on their hypocritical ways so much so that they, like Cain, are willing to shed blood. And it is coming again. "I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17:6). So, are you the one that easily gets angry and could be driven to shed blood, or are you potentially a person that the blood could be shed from?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Romans 3:14 Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness:

Unprofitable servants (verse 12) are full of cursing and bitterness. They complain about obedience. They complain about there being Christian standards. They complain about discipline. They complain. So, how much do you complain?

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Romans 3:13 Their throat [is] an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps [is] under their lips:

So these people are pretty on the outside but dead on the inside being deceitful and poisonous because as the deceit is told, it poisons the mind of the recipient all the while the errors are leading people to hell. So, how serious do you take the truth? Enough to study things out in God's Word to make sure you are not being poisoned?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Of ourselves, none of us do good, not one, but do keep in mind, "it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13), therefore we do happened to do the good for His righteousness shines through. Now, are you letting Christ's righteousness flow through you?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Do you really "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37)? And God means ALL and ALL of the time.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Romans 3:9-10 What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

In fact, there is no difference between those saved or lost. All of us are under the condemnation of sin. All of us have to reach that point of being born again (John 3:3). It is just that some now have had that experience and now are more responsible. We are responsible to living up to all the light we have, seek more light, and inform others. And if we are lax in any area, then we are not in the born again spirit anymore. So, just because you might be a Christian, do you see yourself superior to atheists? To rejectors of the truth? Or do you see that we all are at different stages in our lives in our relationship to Jesus?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Romans 3:8 And not [rather], (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Ever say, "Well, it's a good thing that I made the bad choices in life or I would not have met you"? Or, "Well, It's a good thing that I made those bad decisions or I would not appreciate how good I have it now"? Are we justifying damnation? That is exactly what is going on there. So, are you truly repentant for all the sins you have committed, the sinful decisions, the sinful choices, or not?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Romans 3:7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

By everyone believing whatever they want to believe, how can God call a sin a sin? He would not be able to, for to one, it is a sin, to another it is not. So, do you believe whatever you want, or do you believe the truth of God only?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Romans 3:5-6 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? [Is] God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man ) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

An example of this is the understanding of the Bible. By saying, "Everyone has their own interpretation of the Bible" and "Everyone ought to be allowed to interpret the Bible their way" is declaring that our unconverted understanding of the Bible is acceptable to God. It is not. God even tells us how to "interpret" the Bible. Isaiah 28:9-10 tells us to gather lots and lots of verses. In fact, pick a topic and gather all the verses containing that word and their synonyms, for example, "Sabbath" and "seventh day". Then categorize them in the way of what is proved, either for or against. Usually the longer list is the correct understanding. Then the ones that appear to speak against that understanding must be explained by the Bible why they may only appear to be on the opposite side for the Bible does not contradict itself. We do not just toss out verses that do not support our understanding. And if we do not practice this, how is God going to judge people according to His standard, the scriptures, when everyone has their own interpretation? God forbid if we do not believe in a single understanding of truth. Do you believe in the single understanding of truth, or do you serve the false pluralistic god?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Going along with yesterday's question, the answer basically is that God is always correct, and it is people who give a false testimony, even lie. So, what part of the Bible do you proclaim to be untrue through your actions being the opposite?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

And so if a person turns away from the message and yet is a "good person" does their unbelief show God's ineffectiveness? Of course not. Our definition of a "good person" is not the same as God's. Besides, God reserves character judging for Himself. All we can do is "by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:20). So if we see someone sinning, we can judge that in a desire to help and not condemn. As for final destination, that is left to God. So, do you defend the thought of certain "good people" going to Heaven, or do you leave it to God completely?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

Those who have been given the oracles of God, the truth as it is in the Word and the Commandments contained in the Most Holy place (2 Chronicles 5:7), can only be in apostasy if they are not obeying it. Those that never received the oracles of God are in Babylon, the spiritual land of confusion. Ideally, we ought to be in the position of receiving the oracles of God and obeying them. So which are you in? Have you rejected the Word as it reads or the Ten Commandments as being part of salvation, then you are in Babylon. Have you believed it taking the Bible as the Word of God and even know the Ten Commandments but are not living up to the standards contained therein, then you are in apostasy. Are you living the Word and the Ten Commandments, then you are one of God's disciples.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit [is there] of circumcision?

None. Circumcision of the heart, and both Jew and Gentile are saved the same way: individually. Are you circumcised of the heart?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Romans 2:28-29 For 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.

Christians are spiritual Jews. This concept unlocks Revelation so much so that where most of Christianity still thinks on a physical level when it ought all be on a spiritual one now. So, are you circumcised in the heart and are a spiritual Jew, or are you uncircumcised and are a lost gentile? Do you think Jew and Israel and tribes in Revelation refers to literal Jews today, or is that code for spiritual Jews?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Romans 2:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

So if the physically uncircumcised can keep the Ten Commandments, do they not judge those that are in transgression of the law? Of course they do and they did not even have to open up their mouths. If the uncircumcised can keep the law, surely the circumcised ones should be able to. This is no different than saying that if an atheist can act in accordance to all that God commands, why cannot the Christian? In fact, we have so many ungodly people who claim to be Christians that are judged by such people as being fools if they think they shall be saved. So, what representation of God do you show, one in obedience or disobedience?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Romans 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

What Paul is trying to bring out is that the formality of religion does not reveal righteousness but the spirituality. If Gentiles are obeying the Ten Commandments and even living better spiritual lives as compared to those of the circumcised, would that not count as spiritual circumcision? Yes it would. So, is your relationship with God a formality or spiritual relationship?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Romans 2:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

What Paul is trying to bring out is that the formality of religion does not reveal righteousness but the spirituality. If Gentiles are obeying the Ten Commandments and even living better spiritual lives as compared to those of the circumcised, would that not count as spiritual circumcision? Yes it would. So, is your relationship with God a formality or spiritual relationship?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Now Paul is drawing from the physical act of circumcision that if it is done while breaking the Ten Commandments, then the spiritual circumcision is not circumcision at all. So, are you spiritually circumcised?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Romans 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Hypocrites are worse than atheists making up lies. Hypocrites are worse than other religions attacking Christianity. Living for Christ, all of the time, is the single most influential preaching to the world that there is a mighty God who not only forgives sins but also empowers to live godly. Instead, we have Christians living in the lie that we will just sin for the rest of our lives, which then opens up opportunity for frequency and level of sinning. That blasphemes God and His Word. Nowhere in the Bible are we taught that we are saved to go and sin some more. The real reason why Christians are not taught, "Go and sin no more" (John 8:11) is because they do not want to keep God's commandments for if such agree to keeping God's Ten Commandments, that means that they must also keep the Sabbath one, which people hate. Therefore, one cannot rid the Sabbath honestly without taking down the commandments. One cannot take down the commandments without telling parishioners that they will continue sinning. Unfortunately no one is looking at the end in that belief: Hell. So, is your life glorifying God or blaspheming God?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Romans 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

Those that teach the truth but live in sin are not just hypocrites, they dishonor God. It is a bigger deal than most people believe. Do you dishonor God in any area by teaching His truth but living the opposite way?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Romans 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

We continue the theme of teaching other's God's ways while committing the same sins is an ineffective way to spread the gospel. In fact, it is actually impossible. So, do you even teach anyone God's ways? If so, do you also live it?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Romans 2:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Now we get to the verse that finally declares all that we have been saying as nothing but a hypocritical person who is trying to share the Word of God yet does not live it. How can anyone tell another not to steal while they steal? Better yet, how can one rightly condemn the act of smoking while holding a glass of alcohol? It is ineffective teaching. So, do you live what you teach others?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Romans 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

It is easy to teach those that do not know much, but what are they being taught? Just a form of it if we are not living it. These shall eventually be very knowledgeable in things of God but they will be only "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5). There will be no experience. It will not enter the heart. It will just be a form for if the teacher cannot live what is taught, how will the students be expected then to live it? How do you live?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Romans 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

It is one thing to be able to teach those that do not know things from God's Word, but by not being a living example, all the teaching still keeps people blind and in darkness. So, if you have taken the title Christian, do you live it?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Romans 2:18 And knowest [his] will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

There is nothing wrong to instruct people out of the law, but as we will eventually see, there is a problem when people do not live it. They may be considered hypocrites or simply a distraction from the truth. People may be in position to teach the truth and have to deliver such a message, but it is nothing more than a job. How much greater would it be to live the message one is teaching? Do you live the full Christian message or are you holding back on something?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Romans 2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

Just because one is a Christian, just because one can even point to the obedience to the law, just because one can even point to signs of God in their own lives is no guarantee of salvation. "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalms 51:10). It comes down to the heart being right. Is your heart right?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Do keep in mind, "the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22). Now the reason Paul can say that this is his gospel is because each one of us provide the same message, just in a different manner. Some people understand Paul and some do not. Others understand John and some do not. This do know, that everyone shall be judged by the standard of the Word of God no matter who the presenter is. So, are you living up to the knowledge you have regarding God's Word? Are you teaching others the same message that Paul, John, and others taught?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

So, is the law written in your heart, or have you excused it away in chosen disobedience?

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Romans 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Do you fight off certain natural rules, or do accept those promptings?

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Romans 2:13 For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Now do not get confused. Keeping the Ten Commandments does not justify a person, but God in no wise is going to justify or forgive a person of breaking the Ten Commandments while they are still breaking them. "Lord, please forgive me of committing adultery while I'm lying in bed with the person I'm committing adultery with and have no desire to leave the bed anytime soon." What type of prayer is that? "Lord, forgive me for killing people as I slowly pull this trigger on another person." What type of prayer is that? Those may be extreme, but if we think we are receiving forgiveness without any desire to live in obedience to the Ten Commandments, we are lying to ourselves or being lied to. So, will you keep God's commandments so that He can justify or forgive you of your sins?

Friday, May 05, 2017

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

Not all ignorance will be winked at (Acts 17:12). "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?" (1 Peter 4:17) Evidently the answer to Peter's question is, they shall be lost for the most part. So, how does your life compare to God's Ten Commandments, or do you think "grace alone" [not found in the Bible] is sufficient for salvation?

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

"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). He does not take into consideration skin color, wealth, amputee or whole, country, politics, etc. All of us are judged equally upon the light we have. So, are you living up to all the light you have?

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Romans 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Applying the fact that "he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly" (Romans 2:28), each of us should do good to the Christian first and then to the non-Christian for if we do not know how to treat our own spiritual brothers and sisters, how can we know how to treat those outside of the faith? So, how do you treat those in the faith?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

And today, we can say, "Of the Christians first and also of the unbelievers." Even Peter brings this out. "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?" (1 Peter 4:17) All sin is evil of course (Amos 9:10). So, how much evil do you do?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Romans 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Please note that even the slightest known disobedience to the truth falls into this category, therefore, if you are holding onto a single sinful habit, are you ready to face God's wrath?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Are you patiently seeking after these things, or do you let a fall discourage you?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds

God will give to us according to our deeds, not that our deeds earn Heaven but rather our deeds reveal our relationship after accepting Jesus. We either continue to live in sin showing Satan still has us, or we cease from sinning showing that Jesus has us. So who has you?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Hard hearts and those that refuse to repent of their ways are just going to make the day of wrath that much harder on themselves. So, have you repented of ALL of your ways and softened your heart to the ways of God?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

The patience that God has with us in not striking us dead when we have sinned is tremendous. A lot of people use that to prove that God does not exist, or they think that sin is not so serious of a matter. We ought to be thankful that we do not get what we deserve and use the time to repent of our sinful ways instead. So, what does the time allotted between sinning and being destroyed in hell do for your soul? Do you appreciate God's patience and repent, or "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil" (Ecclesiastes 8:11)?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Romans 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

It is interesting how people will be on other people's cases for things they are doing as well or even other sins. Do these people not realize that they have no right to say a word? Jesus said, "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" (Matthew 7:5). So, have you removed the beam out of your eye?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Romans 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

No wonder Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). No wonder Paul wrote, "For he that is dead is freed from sin" (Romans 6:7), "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" (Romans 6:18), and "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life" (Romans 6:22). So, are you free from sin or is sin still holding you in bondage?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Romans 1:29-32 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them

That death is not execution out of this life but rather they shall be "hurt of the second death" (Revelation 2:11). And to add to the issue, anyone finding pleasure in watching others participate in these things is condemned as well. So, how much TV do you watch containing any of these things?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Getting to the point that God gives up on a person does not happen overnight. What happens is that people believe that it is alright to be naughty just a little and still go to Heaven, and then a little more, and a little more, … until all that a person does is without God at all in their lives. Prayers are even non-existent. So, which path are you on? The one that is stepping away from the perfect will of God, or the one that is stepping closer to God's will?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Therefore again, do not try to provide fake science telling us that people are born homosexual. It is a choice. Some men are turned off by women in general and cannot imagine being with a woman. These men seem to get along with other men so much better and more comfortably. Men may even feel that certain men "get them", understand them. They may pal around and give "bro" hugs. But in the end, it is still a choice. So, do you believe the lie that people are born homosexual, or do you accept that people can consciously turn from what God intended and convince themselves that they are gay?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Therefore, do not try to provide fake science telling us that people are born lesbian or gay. It is a choice. Some women are turned off by men in general and cannot imagine being with a man. These women seem to get along with other women so much better and more comfortably. Women may even feel that certain women "get them", understand them. They may be very huggy too and be a bit kissy. But in the end, it is still a choice. So, do you believe the lie that people are born gay, or do you accept that people can consciously turn from what God intended and convince themselves that they are gay?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Well, I know who. The antichrist "cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered" (Daniel 8:12). That is why it is said, "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). Now the question is, who do you follow? Humans, which make up antichrist, or do you follow Jesus Christ?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

So, does God give up on saving people? Evidently the answer is yes. This also should be an eye opening moment about His work in our lives. We may be experimenting with sin and not see the awful effects that it is supposed to have. Instead of seeing how God is protecting us from such, we actually build up a self-confidence that we think ourselves alright to continue therein. But when God gives up on us because He knows the end from the beginning, he lets us experience the full ramifications. We may even call it punishments from God when all God did was remove His protection. So, do you persist in sin because sin does not seem so harmful in your life? Or do you actually hate sin and avoid it and those things leading to sinning?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Yes, birds, four-footed beasts, and creeping things are mentioned, but that is not the whole list. It starts off with "corruptible man". And many do it today in so many ways. The homosexual movement try to make Jesus out to either promote it or participated in it by making reference to John, the one whom Jesus loved (John 19:26). The sex crazed world try to make it appear as if Jesus had relations with Mary Magdalene. The sin crazed world teaches that Jesus eliminated the Ten Commandments. These are but a few examples of how they fulfill this verse. Do you believe in any of these lies, or do you believe the true God?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools

Ever see evolutionists keep changing things over and over and when one scientific law is broken they make another scientific law that explains the exception. Take for instance the big bang, where it is a scientific law that in a vacuum, something that is motionless remains motionless until an outside force disturbs it, yet the big bang has a motionless start that just exploded one day for no reason. Things that are sent off spinning ought to spin in the same direction, yet in our own solar system, one or two objects spin in the opposite direction, including a planet -- Neptune. What foolishness!!! So, do you believe in foolishness, or do you believe God's Word?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

And today so many Christians claim to know the existence of God but do not know the true God of the Bible. They accept whatever they are told foolishly trusting in other Christians, ministers, and even denominations. This could be the reason why one of the last day messages state, "give glory to him" (Revelation 14:7), referring to God because people may think they are when they are not. Do you know if you truly are?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse

God has placed in this world enough visible things to reveal the invisible such as, humans are way too complicated to have appeared by accident. The universe is way too large to have exploded into existence. This reveals that God, who is invisible, actually does exist. The sanctuary on earth reveals the invisible sanctuary in Heaven. The fact that Jesus, the Messiah, walked the earth surrounded by miracles reveals the invisible Father. There is no excuse to not believe, but the important questions is, do you believe?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.

God does not just smite people without warning. Unfortunately, people reject the warning. When asked, "Should a Christian really be listening to that music?" They fire back, "Don't be judging me!" When asked, "Should a Christian really be watching such content?" They fire back, "Oh, don't be a fuddy duddy! It's not that bad." When asked, "Should Christians be eating and drinking that stuff?" They fire back, "Who appointed you God over my stomach!" In other words, people do not want to hear the warnings. It is not the message of the people to cramp the style of others. It is a message God inspired to see your soul in Heaven. So, how do you react when God's warning, as He said He would use, comes through other people saying, "Stop. Do not walk in that way, but walk ye in 'paths to dwell in'" (Isaiah 58:12)?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

And the wrath of God is "the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God" (Revelation 15:1). And the ultimate unrighteous person are those "which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image" (Revelation 16:2). So, are you seeking the truth or are you careless about the truth?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The just or justified or the forgiven shall live by faith. There are no works involved except a deep sorrow for doing the sin in the first place, and then "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). However, even though we are told that we are forgiven, what sign shows us that we are? None. That is why the just shall live by faith. We have to have faith that we have been forgiven, and when the devil tries to remind us of something that we already confessed, we have the authority to declare, "That sin does not belong to me!" So, how much faith do you have that God forgives you, or do you keep letting the devil stir up those guilty feelings?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The gospel is not the "information of salvation" as so many denominations teach. It is the "power of salvation". The Bible says, "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). The gospel has power. God has already given us the power to overcome every single sin, therefore "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" (Romans 6:12), for God says, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not" (1 John 2:1). So what gospel do you listen to? Is it the powerless gospel that tells us everything God has done including sending His Son? Or the powerful one that includes giving us power to overcome every known sin in our life?

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

That should be everyone's attitude! Are you ready to go anywhere God sends you to preach the gospel? Can you even preach the gospel? Do you know what the true gospel is?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Romans 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

Paul has an interesting way of writing things. Basically, we are all obligated to share the gospel with others, be it Greeks, Barbarians, or whomever. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). So, how are you doing in shining your light?

Friday, April 07, 2017

Romans 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

If we could only be in more than one place at the same time, but it is not possible. We have to choose one place or another, and it does not mean that the place we have chosen to work for God is any more fruitful than another or even more challenging than another. It just means a choice has been made and therefore we ought to be careful that we do not fall into jealousy when a pastor is not assigned to us that we were hoping for. So, what dependency do you place on certain people for their company?

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Romans 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

What brings comfort between people, which is also known as unity? Mutual faith. Is it any faith? "Faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). No. It is in the one based upon the Word of God. So, do you have your own beliefs? Do you have the beliefs dictated by a church? Or do you have the faith from God's Word?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

A synonym for "established" is "sealed", and here it is in action: "In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" (Ephesians 1:13). For God does not want us to be like "children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (Ephesians 4:14). So, are you that serious with God to be firm in the truth, or do you treat being a Christian as some social thing?

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Romans 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

And if we do not meet here on earth, maybe we can meet on the Sea of Glass. "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God" (Revelation 15:2). So, are you looking forward to that reunion?

Monday, April 03, 2017

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers

Are you trying to win people to the gospel? If not, you should be. That is a sign of a converted person because we are saved to serve God; we are not saved to sit and wait for the final events. Now if you are trying to win a soul or two at a time, how often do you pray for success of the gospel into that person? Do not rely on the fact that God is God and if He wants the person saved, it will happen. God has given us the ability to choose, therefore, God cannot force Himself upon those that are not fully open to the gospel, but our prayers can open up the door of allowance. So, how often do you pray for souls?

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Today, what do they say about that faith? Weak? Failed? Hypocritical? Even atheists know that there should be a standard among Christians to obtain but Christians are so worldly today that all they are is "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:5). What does your faith say?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here we see that a saint is not someone who has died and is canonized. We also should see that there is a difference between a saved and a lost person. To be a saint means a change of lifestyle. A saint will cease from sin for "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). So, are you a saint or a worldly person stealing the name Christian?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Romans 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ

Do you just name the name of Christ or Christian, or are you a Christian all of the time?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name

So obedience does not cancel grace nor does grace cancel obedience. And apostleship is that missionary spirit that grace creates for if one feels the true grace, they would want everyone to experience it. Obedience to the faith includes living "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4), but more specifically, "the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith" (Romans 16:26). So, are you keeping the commandments under grace, or do you use grace to allow you to break the commandments?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Romans 1:4 And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

The Son of God has so much power that He can raise the dead and will on the day of resurrection "for 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; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28-29). But that power also is able to make holy lives. Too bad so many are just "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5). I for one do not deny that power for "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). "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" (Romans 1:16). Do you believe in the true gospel that gives power to have victory over sin?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

That word "flesh" confuses so many Christians. So many read the word "flesh" as having skin, blood, bones, but they leave out the spiritual aspect. They then swing to Jesus being God and seeing God cannot really be tempted, none of us can match the resistance to sin as Jesus did, so they continue sinning. And that is an utter lie. Then why would we be told, "Be ye therefore perfect" (Matthew 5:48), "be ye holy in all manner of conversation" (1 Peter 1:15), "walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6), "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1), "be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Peter 3:14), and many more verses? That is because "God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Romans 8:3) and "was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). So, will you or have you stopped making excuses for continuing in sin?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Romans 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

What did God promise through His prophets? The verses following this verse describe the first coming of Jesus. As a sample, God would send His Son to deal a death blow to Satan (Genesis 3:15). He would come from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10). He would be born of a virgin and be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). Born in the city of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). And Daniel 9:25-26 gives the time frame of Jesus' arrival (baptism) and crucifixion. So we have Moses, Micah, Isaiah, and Daniel in a small list of many who prophesied the event. So, do you believe the prophets?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God

Although Paul was separated from the average work of the Christians of the time, separation from the world should be foremost on every Christian's list of requirements today. We cannot successfully teach all that we are to teach (Matthew 28:19-20) if we are participating in the activities condemned by the Bible. Besides, "Friendship of the world is enmity with God" (James 4:4). So, have you separated yourself from the world?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Galatians 6:17-18 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen.

Does your body reflect the marks of the Lord Jesus? We're not talking putting nails through one's own hands. We're not talking about self inflicting lashes on one's back. What we are talking about is the bags under one's eyes because Paul studied with people during the day and worked at night many times. We're talking the scars on his body from the long tough journeys trying to take the gospel to others. Today, many would not skip a meal to meet with someone interested in a Bible study. Many would not spend money to travel to meet with others interested in the gospel. Many would not pull late nights for an interested soul. So again, does your body reflect the marks of the Lord?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Amen! Have you chosen to live by the rule of becoming a new creature not having sin break the peace; to have mercy for only those chose to obey receive such from God; and be part of the saved (Israel of God)? Or do you not believe in any change necessary to be a true Christian despite being told there is supposed to be a change?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

So let us not focus on the outward practices, like circumcision, like Lent, like many other rituals, but let us focus on being a new creature. God does not tell us to pick the bad fruit off of our tree but rather to become wholly changed. As they say, if we really, really have a love relationship with God, then all other things will take care of itself. Every habit will drop off. Every excuse for sinning will no longer be used. Our prayer should be, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalms 51:10). A clean heart does not simply focus on one or two sins. A clean heart, a right spirit hates all of it and stops all of it because it hurts the relationship. If you knew that there were a dozen or more habit items that could wreck a marriage, would you continue practicing ten of them while working on just two at a time? And then when your spouse says after many months, "I can't take it anymore. You're impossible to live with!" Would you say, "Oh honey, I've been working on some of the items already that I agree are wrong. Just wait until I stop those two before moving onto others. I will eventually stop having sexual relations with my ex friends, getting drunk every weekend, and the rest. Right now I'm focused on a couple other things that are wrong like ceasing from using foul language and ceasing from watching TV all day"? Of course not. You would cut back and try to eliminate all of them. We are married to Jesus. Every sin hurts the relationship. Every sin needs to stop. So, how are you doing in becoming a new creature wedded to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2)?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Do you really think winning souls is about gaining counts, reputation, even a pat on the back? The only reason I am even involved is because I do not want Satan to win souls to his side. It just eats me up seeing people deceived, a sign of true conversion when people actually care about other people's destination, which is to "love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 19:19). I would really like everyone to be in Heaven and seeing I know for a fact that I have the truth and so many do not, I am compelled to attack Satan's ways even if people do not understand. If anyone takes it personally that they feel like they are under attack and I have an ulterior motive, that is their problem. And how do I know I have the truth and so many are wrong? Easy. I follow the Isaiah 28:9-10 rule of the only correct method of Bible study. I show the truth on the subject as well as open the eyes to the error being taught via twisting the meaning of verses. People with wrong beliefs typically find a verse, if at all, to support what they believe and ignore all other verses that say the opposite, even if there are over 100 of them. For instance, the truth is that the seventh day is the Sabbath and not Sunday according to over 140 verses. The opening of the eyes is that Sunday is not even a biblical day since God's time is sunset to sunset. Additionally, there is not a single New Testament verse that says that the first day of the week is now the new Sabbath, even though the first day as mentioned in the Bible is sunset Saturday into sunset Sunday. Further, all excuses that are given to keeping Sunday is all by implication. And then Hebrews chapter 4 explains away every possible excuse for not keeping the true Sabbath. Therefore, those that persist in thinking on this subject, which is just one of many, is simply my opinion and my interpretation are just purposefully being ignorant and they condemn themselves to hell for "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). I simply glory in the fact that Christ's doctrine is shining through me, and I don't care that the world offers yard sales on Saturdays, most employer's over time is on Saturday, that it is difficult in the winter to be ready so early when sunset comes in around 5:00pm, that everyone else is enjoying recreational activities on Saturday, that I miss out on family reunions on Saturday, that stores have great sales on Saturday, etc. I am dead to the world. Therefore, I have no glory in your decision whatsoever. I am not the one to be impressed. I glory in the fact that another soul is saved for Jesus' sake and nothing this world offers me is going to turn me away from doing what all of us have been called to do. So, how stubborn are you to keep to your unbiblical beliefs and what attitude do you have towards listening to the truth?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

So many that practice or display outward signs to show their Christianity do not keep the law. In fact, today they are taught that they don't have to keep it, therefore, the wearing of Christian symbols, putting on Christian bumper stickers, and performing what appears to be Christian rituals all mean nothing to God. It is obedience. That is the bottom line. So, have you believed the lie that that commandments are no longer important using God's grace more than what He intended, or do you live in obedience to all of God's Ten Commandments?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

So many focus on the outward appearance of things. Today, whole religions are based upon outward signs. Muslim pilgrimages and prayers in public are an example. Even look at all who participate in Lent. Explained as a type of suffering like Jesus in the desert for 40 days, yet there is nothing in the Bible that calls for such activity. Interestingly, there was a pagan ritual that is similar in content of fasting for 40 days. It was a sad period for one of their gods called Tammuz. Also interestingly, Ezekiel saw our day and this is what he was shown. "He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which [was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz" (Ezekiel 8:13-14). In actuality, the outward sign of Lent is actually an abomination to God. So, are you given over to outward displays of your faith, or have you picked up the cross and lived for Christ denying every day worldliness and sin?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Galatians 6:11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

By saying this, he is focused on the effort of his caring for their salvation. How much effort do you give to saving others?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

In this world of selfishness, it would be refreshing to see good done towards others. As they say, it begins with us. If not us, who then? So, will you?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

So both in doing that which is right all of the time as well as being helpful towards others is something that has no time limit. Dorcas is an excellent example of this. She did so much for others that she ended up dying (Acts 9:37). Peter then raises her from the dead (Acts 9:40), and what does she do? She goes right back to doing what she was doing best, helping others. Now we may not be called to weary ourselves to that point, but how helpful are you? And do you ever take a moment to reward yourself with sin because you have been so good for so long?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

So that little indulgence in sin here or there will eventually lead to corruption, and that is not corruption in crime. That is death and decay. If everything we go to do is lead by the Holy Spirit, then it lead to everlasting life. So, which do you want? Life or death?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

If we truly became a Christian and expect God to completely clean up all of our mistakes, then many people would sign up. In fact, the world would be even worse off for so many would try to live the most horrible life possible, thinking they are having fun, and just before it is too late, then say, "Ok God, time for you to take away all my consequences." That would just be mocking God. So when criminals become converted, jail time may still be the future. When relationships have broken apart, they may never heal despite the sincerity. What we have sown, we shall reap, therefore, we ought to cease from all the whining and complaining. So, how much do you complain that your life is still lousy?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

So if people discover light, we ought not sit on it. We ought to enlighten even those that originally instructed us so they too can be enlightened as long as pride does not get in the way. Now, how do you respect your pastors, religious teachers, etc.? Do you figure they know best and keep quiet about new light, or do you try to enlighten them realizing no one knows everything?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Galatians 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

"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). So, what type of burdens are you carrying? Worldly or godly?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

People are so quick to "dump" perspective Bible interested people upon the pastor or even evangelist. Don't be looking to them to take over. Prove your own work. What are you doing to teach others?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

"When thou art bidden of any [man] to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Luke 14:8-11). So, do you deceive yourself thinking you are someone that you are not, or do you walk with a humble spirit instead?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

No one can truly understand what someone else is going through. Those who sit in judgment saying, "You should have done this" or "You should have done that" does not help matters after the fact. Even the smartest people who have been well studied in the ways of God will face a crisis situation in which they forget some of the basic principles. That is why they call it a crisis. What has been done is done. Sure there are lessons to be learned but it does not help to tell people what should have been done when they obviously are seeking help. Those that create problems are not being addressed here. Those that went out in the world drinking, drug using, buying whatever they want, incurring debt like it is cash, and having sex freely wondering why they are broke and pregnant are not who this verse is addressing. The Bible is written for those that are seeking "God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37). But such people will still encounter burdens. These are the one's that we need to lift up and help where we can. So when a person gets sued for passing out literature, bear their burden. When someone has been pulling all nighters because godly living and crisis do not mix well, bear their burden. So, do you bear other godly people's burdens? Or do you just ignore everyone thinking that they dug their own hole, made their own bed? Or do you go beyond what God states and bear too many people's burdens, even those of the world which your help will only encourage such a lifestyle?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Helping someone out of sin is not always a task that we are to help with. We would not be letting God down by going to get someone else to help. Sure, we ought to be the one studying with the person even if we are just a beginner in God's Word, but a former alcoholic should not try to help an alcoholic, a former drug user should not try to help a drug user, a former porn addictive person should not be trying to help a porn addictive person, etc. We are to consider our weakness. If our weakness is through smells, do not go where we shall be tempted like bars to smell the smoke and the alcohol, restaurants if given over to food, to a chocolate factory if given over to candy, etc. If our weakness is sight, do not be going to where we shall be tempted like a strip club if we cannot control ourselves, like watching TV if given to the influence, etc. If hearing is what feeds the weakness, avoid the music environments, again with the TV, etc. Although we are to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6), we must keep in mind that we have a different background than Jesus. It is called sin which has weakened certain aspects in our life and we need to consider that or else we will be tempted. So, do you think when someone asks for help that because once you were like that and through your experience you are called to pull them out too not realizing that it is possible the devil is trying to use a good thing to pull you back in? Or do you consider your weaknesses and see if someone else can help instead?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Seek not after those things that are vain especially self glorification but even so, Christians who continue to excuse sin do not realize that it is more than a choice. They are provoking other Christians who want to stay true to God and His perfect ways. And so those poor choices are also necessary to cut out. And we definitely should not be comparing ourselves to one another in a manner that creates any envying. If we would just stay focused upon making sure we are right with God and encourage others to be right also, who cares what other people's lives of glory are like. Heaven should be all that matters. What matters in your life?

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The notion that one can sin on the outside and yet have a heart that is right is blasphemy against God. If the hear it right, we will also walk right. How do you walk?

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

We may have stopped the actual committing of sin for the most part or at least have greatly reduced the occurrence of it, but have we actually crucified the affections thereof? If not then do not be surprised when failure happens when trying to stay away from sin all the while wishing we can do that sin. Such affections will eventually undermine the strength being used to resist the sin and fall. So, what affections do you allow in overcoming sin in your life?

Friday, March 03, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is … against such there is no law

None of the items listed are restricted by law. There is no measurement to the amount of meekness, gentleness, and the rest of the list. Now unlike the laws against the list of the flesh, this list is all inclusive. The flesh list ends with "such like" leaving it opened ended, as in, there are more items that one could add to the list of flesh especially as time moves forward. The fruit of the Spirit is all inclusive and purposely leaves out things that humans would want to add in. For instance, where is kindness? Is it inside of goodness? I would say not so. Kindness is one of those things that can be used either for good or for bad. People will be kind to others just to get their selfish ways. Some may argue that love is that way too, but again, not so. When God mentions love in the list it is with the sense of the truest meaning. Unlike kindness, which are just acts, love come from the heart. True love is godly love. Unfortunately we use the word love to describe all sorts of things and that is what causes the confusion. And just to clarify, temperance could be considered acts and unconverted people will go to the gym for exercise, but that is why God defines the fruit as being "in all things". No one can perform the acts of temperance in all things without being converted. There is always something someone is not motivated to be temperate in if they are unconverted. So, do you exercise all the fruit of the Spirit or just part of the list, which means, despite being called a Christian we are not there yet?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is … Temperance

"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things" (1 Corinthians 9:25). We ought to be careful what we eat, drink, how much sleep we get, how much exercise, how much sunlight, how much water we take in and use on our body externally like a daily bath or shower at the very least, how much fresh air we get, and amount of time we spend with God each day. And anyone that is working on being patient will never be such until this is mastered for to add unto "temperance patience" (2 Peter 1:6) in the progression of holy living. So, how are you in being temperate in all things, or are you just careless what goes into the body in any form?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is … meekness

When someone ridicules you, are you ready to fight. Religious matters are different. Although Jesus was "a lamb dumb before his shearer" (Acts 8:32), He certainly spoke when the Father was defamed. But so many go beyond to protect their own reputation. All glory to God is how it is supposed to be. Meekness may come across as people walking all over them and taunting them, but that goes to show how unconverted people can really become. Moses was described as being meek (Numbers 12:3) and yet was used to lead millions of Israelites out of Egypt. "The meek will he teach his way" (Psalms 25:9). Of course "the meek shall inherit the earth" (Psalms 37:11). Meekness also is aware that they are weak, therefore they will be guarded while helping others out of sin (Galatians 6:1). So, do you "seek meekness" (Zephaniah 2:3)?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … faith

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). We hope for eternal life but there is no physical evidence that such exists outside of the Bible. We believe in God through the only evidence of the Bible and nature, but none of us have really spoken to Him. We have faith that when "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). That sometimes takes a lot of faith. It is not like an angel is sent down to confirm that we have been forgiven. Another area of faith is to live according to God's Word instead of what society and media finds acceptable in which they make up the rules for dating, for medical advice, for expectations with the new president, etc. So, how much faith do you exercise? And what other areas do you exercise faith?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … goodness …

Goodness is doing good works and even simply the right thing when people don't deserve it. We do not cease our right doing because of the consequences or even the misunderstanding since people do not expect goodness today. Jesus simply said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16). So, how does your goodness shine?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … gentleness …

Jesus said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16). We are not to go into a situation with a baseball bat. It is supposed to be an invitation and not a threat. Of course if the invitation is rejected, move onto someone else. If they come out attacking then "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). Unfortunately some are too gentle because they do not speak anything that is disagreeable even if it is the truth. So, how gentle is your approach, balanced or unbalanced?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … longsuffering …

"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). Is that our feelings towards other people or do we want nothing to do with the lost? Have we built enough of an animosity towards the lost that we have no concern for them. No, we are not to be companions with the lost, but certainly we ought to be sad for the deception, even when they are headstrong. So, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (2 Timothy 4:2). Please notice that one can reprove, rebuke, and exhort without being longsuffering, as so many Christians do. They preach in just a condemning manner. We out to preach in a manner that identifies sins and the steps from those sins to salvation. So, how do you look upon the lost?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … peace …

Peace is not concerned who is in the White House nor controlling congress. Peace is not concerned if the Russians hacked the election or not. Peace is not concerned if women's rights are violated or not through the abortion issue. Peace lives above all the things worldly people are concerned about. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). So, do you have that peace that is not of the world, but that which brings comfort of knowing you have eternal life?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy, …

Do keep in mind that happiness and joy are two different things. Joy in the world tends to take on the form of seeking to be happy, but the Bible gives us an example. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (James 1:2-3). But, do you have to be happy about these temptations? Of course not, but to complain or get worked up inside is the lack of joy. Jesus said, "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" (Matthew 13:44). Now cutting to the direct application per the space available, how many in joy go and sell all that one has? Of course that is not the literal understanding, so how many go and give up all of the things that the Bible says we are to give up and do it with joy? The smoking, worldly entertainment, the food, worldly dress, worldly speech, worldly activities, etc.? Are you willing to give it all up to receive the free gift of eternal life? No, that is not a contradiction. The gift is free. The reaction is required. Jesus does not force anyone to take His gift. And to take His gift is "for me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain" (Philippians 1:21). So do you count it joy to go through tough times and give all the world up?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Now in contrast to living for the flesh and be lost, we have living for the Spirit. "[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). "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh" (2 Corinthians 10:3). And remember from a dozen or so posts ago, "[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). Therefore, as we examine the fruit, let us realize that this is to be us if we are going to be saved. Jesus said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16). Do you have the fruit of the Spirit or the fruit of the flesh?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; … such like

So, the list of the acts of the flesh is not all inclusive in Galatians 5:19-21 nor even in the entire Bible. Many people say, "The Bible does not specifically say that I can't…". You are right, but it is included in the words "such like". So, what other things of the flesh can you think of that should not be part of a Christian's life?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; … revellings

Reveling is to be parading, rioting, or the combination of both. And unfortunately even Christians are caught up in such. All the protests against one cause or another is not to be found among Christians, even the pro-life movement is wrong. We ought to expect persecution (Matthew 5:11). We ought to expect the world to make laws against God (Acts 5:29), but it is not our duty to be bringing such to anyone's attention, let alone the government's. Show me Jesus, an apostle, or even a disciple that marched against the government? You can't find one. Does that mean we can't stand on a corner? Of course we can stand on a corner, look at John the Baptist. All the involvement in protesting, even legitimate causes, takes away from the only two sanctioned activities: be in proper relationship with God personally and save others. So, do you get involved with one political thing after another, or are you seeking souls to save?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; … drunkenness

"But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of" (Matthew 24:48-50). From this parable that expands the concept of drunkenness beyond drinking a lot of alcohol, ministers who have the truth about the last day events will be attacked by those that are trying to enjoy and be drunk with the things of the world. The sad part is that many take on the name Christian and still live for the world when we ought to give as much to God as possible in time and money trying to reach as many people as possible with the last day message. So, are you a second advent teacher or are you a criticizer of second advent teachers?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; … murders

We finally get to an item in the list that is unlikely practiced frequently, or is it? How about undermining people's reputations with gossip and lies? How about anger that Jesus equated with murder (Matthew 5:22)? Are these practiced in your life?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; … envyings

Envying, the inability to be happy for other people's success without making it about yourself, the uncontrolled resentment, coveting, jealousy, or other inappropriate reaction. All of these are not to be part of us or we are living to the flesh. Living for by the Spirit is always, and I mean always, appreciating the success in others no matter what. If we are meant to be successful in our efforts, we will be. If we are not meant to be, we won't be. It is not us who determine the end result. It does not mean God is not blessing us or that God is blessing others. There is a purpose in everything and ours is not to try and figure out why but to accept in a heart of love for God whatever happens. Ours is to just be content in spirit no matter the consequences. This does not mean we cannot strive to try again to get a different result. And once we are content knowing full well we are trusting all results to God, understanding and good results will happen. And many times we are blind to what is going on. We expect a certain result when, if we would just step back, would see that a different result occurred keeping in mind that everything is to God's glory and not necessarily our own glory. Everything we touch may fall apart, but how we handle it and tell the story to others determines if it is a proper witness or not. Everything is a witness to God. Do you think all the inventors get furious over their failures? Of course not. They simply found another way that did not work. They see everything as an education. So, are you able to be content and happy for others even if it appears that everyone else seem to be getting good results and you are not?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …heresies

Heresies are false teachings. How many people latch onto good sounding theories and will not let them go despite the Bible evidence? For instance, one heresy that Christians hold onto is the notion of Sunday as the Sabbath. God specifically says, "the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God" (Exodus 20:10) and not the supposed first day of the week. Jesus kept the Sabbath. Jesus stripped all the Pharisaical laws from the Sabbath. He rested in the tomb over the Sabbath. The apostles kept the Sabbath. Hebrews 4 offers answers to every argument against not keeping the seventh day Sabbath. We will keep the Sabbath in eternity (Isaiah 66:23). And yet, people latch onto Sunday simply because Jesus rose on that day and the papacy declared that Sunday is the Lord's day from Revelation 1:10 when no day is specified. They attach onto a verse that implies a communion service or preaching or even a collection, but is it wrong to do any of that on a Wednesday or Sunday or any other day? Of course not. Implication is not a command. So why do people stay attached to a heresy despite the evidence? Because the flesh says, "Do you know how upsetting in the life keeping the true Sabbath would be? It might affect employment, no more yard sales, no more going out for a good time Friday night, …!" And then the flesh continues to resist by focusing on, "I don't want to be different", "I have kept Sunday all my life", "My family keeps Sunday", etc. But those that live for the flesh will be lost no matter how loud they say they are saved. So, do you hold onto any heresies?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …seditions

So a pastor or teacher presents a convicting message. Everyone should be on board to come up to a higher standard, but then there is at least one that will start mumbling under their breath or whisper to another that detracts from the conviction, makes light of the subject. This is the flesh talking because they do not want to get that serious and such people are not satisfied in choosing that way alone, so they try to undermine the message to get others to be with them, even if done without malicious intent. Now, what do you whisper to others after hearing such a message?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …strife

Sometimes with gossip, sometimes with purposeful intent of misunderstanding, those who cause strife are doing the works of the flesh. We see it in politics nearly all of the time. There are positives and negatives to every action or decision made by one party or the other. To purposefully point out the negatives just to cause contention and strife only serves the purpose of pulling apart. Unless the negatives are against the will of God, everyone should look to the positives no matter the ramifications of feelings. So are you happy when the church is divided through strife? Do you fuel the even fire? Or are you supportive in every godly decision no matter how tough the decision is?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …wrath

"[He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly" (Proverbs 14:29). "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath" (James 1:19). Therefore, not all wrath is wrong, but it should not be something used over trivial things or the first thing used when there are more important matters. So, how quickly do you fly to wrath?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …variance

There are people who live to argue, just to disrupt the status quo. There are people who just can't stand for things to remain still. This does not condemn arguing where error is present. This does not condemn introducing light where there is darkness. But to stir things up for the sake of creating variance is condemned. So, what spirit drives you in opening your mouth?

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …hatred

Now all hatred is not bad, in fact, it is the test of love. "Ye that love the LORD, hate evil" (Psalms 97:10). So if you don't hate evil, you really don't love the Lord. And if we hate the evil, we would not be entertained by it, participate in it, tolerate an allowance for others, etc. But to hate people, that is wrong. To hate doing the right thing, to do righteousness, that is wrong. So, is your hate balanced and inclusive of hating that which put Jesus on the cross for, our sins?

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …witchcraft

Remember, "rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft" (1 Samuel 15:23). Rebellion is any resistance to 100% submission to God's way. "Thou shalt not commit adultery" unless it is the third date. "Thou shalt not steal" except if a company has lots and lots of pens. And of course along with witchcraft are sorcerers, magicians, and wizards, and the Bible says, "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God" (Leviticus 19:31), yet so many are caught up in the entertainment acting like all is innocent. We shake our heads at how idolatry kept coming into Israel so often and God forsaking them. This is exactly how it comes in. When God says not to be defiled by them, that means in all our senses. We ought not partake of any magic even if we think it is harmless; we ought not be watching TV and movies, especially where spells are cast; we shouldn't even have sympathy for any of their activities as the news media tries to draw. So, are you partaking in any shape or form with wizards, witches, magicians, sorcerers, etc.?

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …idolatry

Idolatry is not only making an image and bowing down to it, but it is any object that separates us from God. Bowing down is being subject to that object. If money getting is more important than telling the truth or keeping holy the Sabbath day, then money is the idol. If TV shows with taking Jesus' name in vain or the use of other foul words is more important to be watched than obeying the fact that we ought not take the name of the Lord our God in vain, then that TV show is an idol. If gluttony or carelessness in eating whatever is more important than "Thou shalt not kill", then food is the idol. If viewing movies containing nudity are excused when God says not to expose oneself to that via the adultery commandment, then those movies are an idol. So, do you have any idols that you place before God's Word or His Commandments?

Monday, February 06, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …lasciviousness

Lasciviousness is defined by the Bible Lexicon (dictionary of Greek and Hebrew) as "unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness insolence". And that is exactly what is permitted among Christians as restrictions are looked upon as legalism. And it was predicted in Jude where it says, "turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness" (Jude 1:4). So that opens up the allowance of whatever a Christian lusts after, since they are under grace, they can partake and even take things to excess. Grace is not permission to break God's commandments nor continue in sin. It does not have to be sexual, it can be any lustful item including but not limited to food, watching TV, becoming obsessed with certain activities, and more. So, have you crucified the lust in your heart by the power of Jesus Christ?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …uncleanness

That's not having a dirty face. Partaking of those things that are considered unclean is what is being addressed. Unfortunately, people think uncleanness is a spiritual thing but nothing physical is of concern. Well, modern science actually proves that the list of animals considered unclean in Leviticus 11 are actually physically harmful to eat. Now the confusion comes in when interacting between Jews and Gentiles as the Gentiles were considered unclean. That was a spiritual thing, but then again, we ought not be interacting closely with the unconverted either. The notion that we are trying to win them is nonsense. Only when they ask questions should we pursue them, but hanging around the unconverted who are unwilling to repent can only have a negative effect. So, will you see things in the Bible marked as unclean in a more proper light?

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; …Fornication…

Fornication is not any unmarried sex for when a person engages in sexual activity, according to the Bible, you are married (Genesis 24:67), therefore, fornication addresses that sexual activity in which one of the partners is married. That married partner is committing adultery while the unmarried person is committing fornication. Fornication also covers homosexuality, bestiality, and masturbation. There may be other scenarios that are covered under the term, but the point being made is that if one thinks that engaging in the act of sex carries a lesser importance than adultery by the use of fornication, think again. Sexual encounter is a marriage and every act with another partner is adultery. So, do you now have a different outlook regarding the carelessness of sex?

Friday, February 03, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery…

Yesterday we provided the entire list that God has regarding people who continue to practice "these things" will end up lost. Ceasing from practicing these things is called conversion and being saved. So on our list we begin with adultery. Just about all of us know that if a person is married, to have relations both emotionally or physically with another is adultery. So seeking sympathy from someone who is not your spouse and of the same gender of your spouse is adultery even though clothing stays on. But adultery also can be without the other person knowing for Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). And James wrote something does not require more than one person to do, "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 committing spiritual adultery because you are participating in worldly ways? Do you have strong sexual desires for another who is not your spouse? Are you actually in an adulterous relationship? Or have you shunned these things and are not participating in any form of adultery?

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Here we have one of God's lists of people going to hell. Now as you read the list, do notice that Paul writes, "They which do such things" and not "They which have done such things". There is a difference. Pharisees did not allow conversion and believed a person was lost if they had done such things, ever. If a person was once a prostitute, even just one time, it did not matter, they were permanently lost. The same went for tax collectors too. Even if the tax collector quit their job, they were still permanently lost. So more than likely there is one or more items in the list that you have committed, 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, will you repent and confess your sins today?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

The working of the Holy Spirit is that "He will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). And it is said that God's "law [is] the truth" (Psalms 119:142). Therefore, to be guided into obedience of the law does not put us under the condemnation of the law, but it sure does keep the law as a requirement. So, how quickly do you read these short verses? Enough to reject God's law and live in disobedience to die in the end? Or do you see the difference in what we are under, where we are not under condemnation but are expected to be in obedience?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Jesus said it this way, "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" (Matthew 6:24). So, are you trying to be a spiritual, fleshy person? Are you even trying to be a fleshy, spiritual person? It cannot be done. So, do you always check if God's will is being done in everything you do?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Once we think what our body's crave, what our body's want, what our stomachs and taste buds would find desirous, what our minds want to enjoy, then we shall do whatever we lust after. But when we think spiritually, thinking along the lines of what God's will is for us, then we will gain the victory over temptation and sin. So, how are you thinking?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

So if Christians tear into each other, be careful, it may lead to both being destroyed. Better to walk away when one senses the closed mindedness. But are you close minded?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Well, not quite. All the law in the context of what Paul is discussing but not really all of the law. He is focused upon our relationship with others. That is the focus on the last six commandments. For the entire Ten Commandments, Jesus 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 neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40). So, how do you treat authority (parents), human life, marital relationships, belongings of others, conversations, and desires?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

How plainly can Paul make it. Maybe Jesus' words are bit more plain. "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15), which is a quote out of the Ten Commandments of which Jesus wrote with His own finger as He even was that Rock in the desert (1 Corinthians 10:4). Paul is telling us plainly how to look at the Ten Commandments. They are liberating. They are not a drudgery. They lift us out of sin, but in no way do they earn Heaven. That fact should not make us think that the commandments are optional and allow our flesh, our worldly desires to dictate when and when not to keep them nor think they do not play a role in salvation. Too many Christians make allowances when they can break the commandments and stay in the graces of God. Jesus said to keep them. Period! And we ought to do our best to practice the commandments in a loving and not in an ignorant way as an example and in working with others. So, do you toss away the commandments? Do you make allowances for breaking them? Or do you do as Jesus asks and simply keep them because He saved you?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

Those are powerful words because "cut off" usually means death, and we ought not wish that upon anyone. Therefore, this must have been a really serious battle going on. So, how longsuffering are you towards the despisers of truth and workers of iniquity?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Galatians 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

As it is said, "People just want to argue." Paul even said that if he were to give them what they wanted, why would they still persecute him. The answer is that even among many Christians today, they are not interested in the truth. They just want to be left to do as they please and still claim to be saved. But Paul was one of those preachers that did not let up from preaching the truth, and they hated him for it. So, how do you react to truth?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Galatians 5:10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

Can the same be said about you? Despite all the people that come at you with different messages, easy gospel, legalistic gospel, false hope gospel, prosperity gospel, speaking in tongues gospel, etc., is there confidence in you to see the true gospel?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

This is so true and works both ways. Exposing oneself to a little temptation, a little sin, it will promote the sin or a related sin. This is why it is so important to guard our relationships, be careful what is watched on TV, be careful of what is listened to, etc. Exposing oneself to the ways of God also opens up the way for God to work a miracle of conversion. But what leaven has the greatest influence in you? Temptations and sin or God's Word and His ways?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Galatians 5:8 This persuasion [cometh] not of him that calleth you.

This is in response to the question, "Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" It certainly was not God. That leaves Satan of course. So, are you listening to Satan, who uses ministers to teach disobedience to God's Word and the Ten Commandments, or are you listening to God who invites you to keep the Word and commandments?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

People will hear the truth, run with the truth, and then fall away from the truth? Why? One reason today is because people are taught that they are saved in their sinning. Are you one of them that have fallen from the truth back into the world?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

What so many people, even of the Christian faith, miss is that the spiritual is what matters. The physical conduct means nothing if the heart is not right, but that does not neglect the physical. If we are truly motivated in the heart with love, then all of our physical conduct will come in line for Jesus even said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). He did not say, "Keep my commandments." So, what type of relationship do you have with God? Do you try to keep the commandments to please God? Do you ignore the commandments because all that matters is love? Or do you love God and want to please Him and keep His commandments?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

What is our Righteousness? "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). Christ is! What is our hope regarding Christ? "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). It is the second coming! Has anyone seen Jesus at His first coming that are alive today? Of course not. So what do we go by for this hope? Faith of course! Is this faith from within ourselves? Of course not. Who gives us this faith? The Spirit! And that is one of several ways that you know you are filled with the Holy Spirit. If you are anxiously looking forward to the second coming without reservation, you are being led by the Holy Spirit. So, are you filled with the Holy Spirit or filled with doubt and fear?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

No one, absolutely no one is justified by keeping the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are used in sanctification. We are not saved or forgiven by keeping the Ten Commandments but once we are saved then we are to walk in obedience to all that God commands. So, do you see the commandments as earning salvation and you avoid complete obedience to them trying not to be a legalist, or do you see the commandments as the new way of life for a victorious Christian?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Galatians 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Those that are all about the physical, in that, one thinking that being a Jew and been given the Ten Commandments will save a person, think again. Let the law try and save them. It won't. One does not even have to be a Jew to think the law saves. It does not. So, do you think you are saved by keeping the law?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

We are told, "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). But the question is, are such messages reserved only to God's prophets? Is there a power that gives us authority to call people to a higher standard? "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12). Sons and daughters of God are what we become, which is not just a title but a changed character. So it is in the converted state that we can also do as Micah and Isaiah. And Jesus confirms this. "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" (Matthew 7:5). So first be converted and then see clearly to help remove the sins from the church. Cleaning up the sins of the world is not going to happen until after the church is cleaned up because if people from the world come in, they will turn right around and leave due to the hypocrisy. Sure, there are some that come in and help clean up the church, but most others that come in are dragging their sins with them to join with the hypocrites. So, are you converted gaining victory over your sins, or are you the recipient of the call out on practiced sins?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

And Jesus expands the meaning here. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" (John 8:32-34). If we think Paul just got done telling us that commandment keeping is bondage, think again! Serving sin is bondage. Being liberated from sin through obedience to the commandments is freedom! And notice Paul brings out about being entangled again. Peter wrote, "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning" (2 Peter 2:19-20). So, do you think the commandments have no effect on salvation, or do you see the commandments as liberating us from sin?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Galatians 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Again, free does not mean freedom to sin. We are "freed from sin" (Romans 6:7). And "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" (Romans 6:18). "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life" (Romans 6:22). So, just how free are you? Free from the commandments into the bondage of sin, or are you free from sin and a servant unto righteousness?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

So it does matter what denomination one belongs to. If one has a legalistic or even a free from obedience religion, the command is to cast out such! Only one can be heir to the kingdom. It is those that are saved for obedience. We are not obedient to be saved nor are we saved in disobedience, but we are saved to be in obedience. So, despite claiming to be saved, are you really? Do you live in obedience to all Ten Commandments because Jesus has saved you?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Galatians 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him [that was born] after the Spirit, even so [it is] now.

Ishmael and his descendents have always persecuted Isaac and his descendents. Even Cain, born of worldliness or flesh, persecuted Abel. So it will be even in the last days. Those that obey God will be persecuted by those that do not, even by those that think they are of God. So, who are you aligning yourself with, the persecuted or the persecutor?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

This does not mean no other people but the Jews are saved "For 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). We can be children of promise if we simply are circumcised in the heart. Have you been?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Galatians 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, [thou] barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

And in continuing the comparison between those of Ishmael and those of Isaac, where one has a legalistic religion and the other a liberty through obedience, we even take it a step further. Have you noticed that those that are not children of God seem to multiply more than those that are the children of God? That is concerning, especially for the last days. This is why God's people are always the persecuted ones because of mob or majority rule. This is why God's people are on the side of the defensive more than on the side of the offensive. So again, are you part of the group that attacks God's people, or are you a defender of the truth?

Monday, January 09, 2017

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Again, Paul's use of mother is in reference to comparing Jerusalem to Sarah who gave birth to the promised child Isaac who was free or even at liberty. When we think of rules, we usually think restrictively. But James wrote that we "shall be judged by the law of liberty" (James 2:12). Sin is what is restrictive. And ultimately, Jerusalem will be the city that goes on throughout eternity as the earthly is replaced with the "New Jerusalem" (Revelation 21:2), which is the holy city of God. So, don't you want to be part of Jerusalem? Don't you want Jerusalem to be your mother? Then will you let her teach you her ways?

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Galatians 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

So, back in the day, Israel, especially from Jerusalem's perspective, had the upper hand over those in Arabia, unlike today. Even so, the point that Paul is making is that a religion of merited works is a religion of bondage. At the same time, having been given the Ten Commandments did not mean they were to be freely broken but even as the commandment states in Exodus 20:2, "I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage", God first saved them and then empowers the obedience to His rules for if we truly love God, then we will keep the first four commandments, and if we truly love our neighbors, then we will keep the last six commandments. So, if you think you are free to break the Ten Commandments, who do you not love? God or your neighbor?

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Galatians 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

So Paul explicitly states that he is using the symbolism of Ishmael and Isaac as an allegory. If we are part of the group that is not of promise, the one in bondage, then we are like those at mount Sinai. Yes, the Ten Commandments were given at mount Sinai, but that is not the issue. The issue was the reaction of the people. "And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD" (Exodus 19:8). The people placed themselves in a legalistic relationship with God. What God commanded, on their own efforts, they would do it. Of our own efforts, it is impossible. It is only through God that all things are possible. So, do you keep the commandments trying to be saved, or by God's grace in saving you, do you accept His power to keep them?

Friday, January 06, 2017

Galatians 4:23 But he [who was] of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [was] by promise.

Ishmael was born because of humans trying to help God. Isaac was promised of God. If Sarah and Abraham did their job, God would simply make it happen even with a miracle. Their job was to simply have intercourse. Their job was not to figure out the scientific method of making it happen. They probably said, "Hmmm, I have a maid that is of child bearing years while I [Sarah] am not. So scientifically this is the solution. The child would still be considered mine by proxy." Unfortunately many Christians try to explain miracles away by such non-sense. Sodom and Gomorrah burned by a nearby volcano instead of fire coming down from heaven. Sun going dark must be an eclipse. Crossing the Red Sea was really the Reed Sea. So, where do you stand on Bible miracles? On the side of God or science?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Galatians 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

So now Paul moves into a comparison with those that put themselves under the obligation to keep the law to be saved as opposed to being saved and living in obedience to the law. Ishmael was the son from the bondmaid representing those boasting of the works of the law. Isaac represents those that are free, as in, those "that shall be judged by the law of liberty" (James 2:12). There should be a third group that so many Christians try to put themselves into. They neither keep the law to be saved nor do they live in obedience to the law because they are saved. So, which of these three groups are you in?

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

Those that insist on keeping the law of feast days, do they not see the ultimate purpose? Do they not see how each feast reveals the plan of salvation? From the cross being the sacrifice of the true Lamb of God for Passover to the second coming fulfilling the Harvest Feast, the whole plan is there. So, do you ignore the law of feast days because we don't have to keep it anyways and miss the meaning? Do you think we ought to keep those feast days still? Or have you studied to the appreciation of what message is provided for us?

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Galatians 4:19-20 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Tone (voice) is hard to communicate in any written or typed form, so plenty of declarations must be used. For instance, to say "I stand in doubt of you" means that the pleasant tone ought to be a bit more stern. So, how careful are you in writing or typing to others that which is of a religious matter?

Monday, January 02, 2017

Galatians 4:18 But [it is] good to be zealously affected always in [a] good [thing], and not only when I am present with you.

Being zealous or so focused and adamant for that which is good is encouraged. And upholding the Word of God in truth is one of those things. But we ought to never do it to impress anyone, especially those who may have taught us the truth to begin with, and then in private, act a whole different way. Hypocrisy does not fool God. So, who are you trying to impress?

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Galatians 4:17 They zealously affect you, [but] not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.

Basically, the enemies of the gospel are zealous and being more in number, louder in speech, not willing for any to study the matter, they do have an effect. And that effect is to alienate people from hearing the truth so that they themselves have a type of following instead. This is not good for souls, but it is the reality of things. It seems sad that souls are not given a fair opportunity to weigh the evidence. It does not seem fair that God would even condemn those that are drawn away, but in reality, we have a number of parables that speak of this being exactly how God operates in general. God is looking for those that will surrender all to Him. These would sell all that they have to gain the treasure of truth, of Heaven (Matthew 13:44). These would not be offended for the gospel sake (Mark 4:17). In other words, true seekers of truth will endure the obnoxious ones and listen to the gospel anyways. So, are you a true seeker?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Funny (sad) how that telling someone the truth in the best way and most loving way possible yet somehow they still end up becoming an enemy. This is simply called rebellion. Do these people really think we want to point out what truth is simply for them to react? Do they not know that truth is spoken so that we call may get to go to Heaven together? So, how do you receive the truth? And if you know the truth, do you still give it knowing full well the reception may be poor or do you try to preserve the relationship instead?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Galatians 4:15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if [it had been] possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

And this is how we know that Paul's thorn in the side, ailment, temptation, trial was something to do with not being able to see clearly. He had suffered from a vision loss when he met Jesus on that road to Damascus and got knocked off his horse. Why Jesus did not heal him completely from the three days of blindness, God knows, but the fact is, Paul pressed on despite his lack of full eyesight and became one of the greatest influence for Christianity. So, what holds you back from completely serving God? What excuse do you use? "I would follow you Lord and serve you Lord if…" If what?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Galatians 4:14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus.

Temptation does not always refer to dealing with sin. It is any trial. And Paul had a daily trial that was in his flesh, so much so that he prayed it would be taken away though he came to the understanding of it (2 Corinthians 12:7). This trial that Paul was suffering from could have easily led people to reject him. Instead, he was received as though he was an angel from God or even as Christ Himself. They showed true acceptance. So how are you with those that have their own handicaps? Do you treat them differently?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Galatians 4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.

How many pastors can tell you the story that they were feeling very much under the weather and were scheduled to speak that day only to turn around, gain strength, and preach like all was more than well? It happens a lot. So, do you allow infirmities to hold you back, or do you forge ahead by God's strength?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Galatians 4:12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I [am]; for I [am] as ye [are]: ye have not injured me at all.

Paul did not become a pagan or even a practicing sinner, but he did become aware in understanding where they came from. Evidently they did not make a full surrender to God. By failing to do so, it reflected nothing upon Paul. Paul was just a messenger. And so Paul was encouraging them too to be like himself. So, will you be like Paul?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

A well informed person that returns to the worldly ways is very dangerous. Such people will rumor their knowledge to others who have not been exposed yet to that knowledge and usually cause them to turn away from hearing the truth. And when times get tough, when there is no buying and selling for the faithful (Revelation 13:17), they will be one of the firsts to turn the faithful in and even testify against them (Luke 12:11). And so, has the truth been given to you, and has it been in vain?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

So, have you return again to your old way of life? Do you really want to give up eternal life for these elements that bring you into bondage?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Superstition is very big in the world today, but once a person gets to know the true God, all of that can pass away. So, are you putting yourself under superstition, or do you serve only the true God?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

The Bible says that a son or daughter of God is described as "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Revelation 21:7). So if we are still practicing sinful habits, that means we are not a son or daughter of God. And one way we can tell that we are a son or daughter is that we would be crying after the Father. That is a longing for, an earnestness, a forgetting of the world and turning completely to God. People will think we are Jesus freaks, peculiar, even strange. If we barely give God time each day, though, if we are more excited about events of the world happening, more excited about being with the unconverted friends and relatives, etc., then we are not filled with the Spirit of Christ and definitely not crying to the Father. So, how is your relationship with God?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Galatians 4:3-5 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Again, our terminology is what twists this verse all around. It appears at face value that we are no longer under the obligation to keep the law. Does that really make sense? Should Christians be no different from non-Christians? Should they live in adultery, steal, lie, covet, kill, disrespect authority, take God's name in vain, have idols, claim others as God, and totally reject God's rest for His people? "God forbid: yea, we establish the law" (Romans 3:31). What we are no longer under is the penalty of death. That is all that Christ bought for us. We don't have to die. We can have eternal life. And that death that we are saved from is the second and permanent death. There is no eternal other option. We either accept Christ's free gift of eternal life in which He freely forgives us and empowers us to live obedient lives, or we choose to disobey God's commandments, even claim we are under grace, and be lost. Which do you choose?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Galatians 4:1-2 Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

Likewise, do you allow yourself to be tutored, taught?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Galatians 3:29 And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

To think, we are accounted as part of the stars and sands that Abraham was told that would be of his descendants. It is not a physical thing; it's a spiritual thing. If we live for Christ, then we are accounted as part of Abraham's descendants. So, is that who you live for, or do you just claim the benefits of eternal life but live for yourself?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Galatians 3:28 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.

That is right. There is no difference when it comes to salvation, but don't dare use this verse to justify why women ought to be ordained ministers. There is a difference. The woman represents the bride of Christ. The man is to represent Christ. Christ died for the church, so the head of the household ought to be male and be willing to follow the example of Christ and the head of the church family ought to be male as well representing again, the life of Christ, including doing everything for salvation sake for the bride. This does not mean a female doesn't have a good sermon. This does not make men greater. Nowhere in the Bible, though, is a female placed in such a position in the Old or New Testament. This is not a ground to fight for equal rights. This has nothing to do with rights. It is all about representation. When people argue rights, then we know the devil is involved, for all of us have rights that are suppressed, even trampled upon. All of us have even a right to sin if we choose, and by choosing to sin we lose the allowance to go to Heaven. Just as the bond or free person, the Jew or Greek are called unto salvation, so also is there a difference physically. Free people have the freedom to go forth whereas the bond person is still subject to their master. Likewise, a Jew and a Greek cannot remain Jewish or pagan; they have to become Christian. Therefore, there remains a difference between male and female physically. So, do you carry this verse too far or do you succumb to the will of God for our calling, even our position?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

So, have you put on Christ, as in, walking as He walked (1 John 2:6), which is to have a Christ-like character?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Now are you a child of God or of Satan? Don't be so quick to answer. You may want to be a child of God but if you re carelessly breaking the Ten Commandments, sinning, and believe such is normal because we are only human, you are a child of Satan. How do I know? We are to have faith in Christ Jesus. Is that faith that He is and what He did in the human form 2,000 years ago? It's more than that. "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith" (1 John 5:4). The faith exercised is what Christ does in us in overcoming the world today. Not only are we to overcome sin, but even the ways of the world. The world sues people at the slightest offense, but although it is not a sin, it is of the world. The world is caught up in entertainment, and that's the way of the world, even if the programming is not sinful. So, are you overcoming even the ways of the world and are a child of God, or is the world overcoming you instead as a child of Satan?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

That word UNDER is referring to the condemnation and not obedience. How do I know? Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). And by faith, the purpose of Jesus is that "He shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). To be saved from sins is both in the forgiving and control. We don't have to be controlled by sins in our life thanks to Jesus Christ. So, do you think the word UNDER permits Christians to break God's commandments at will or does it refer to the condemnation of past sins being forgiven?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

That is right. The law teaches us that we need a Savior because all that the law can do is teach us that we have sinned, but that does not mean we do not need more teaching. In fact, one only begins the journey after the initial realization. People who cannot care any less about God have no clue about sin, but once they realize that maybe there is something to those Ten Commandments, they come to Jesus for justification. "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). As the old sins are no longer blinding us, we then realize there are new sins to repent of, and newer, and newer. Sanctification or holiness is an ongoing process that starts with justification. So, are you willing to be taught properly that "sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4) and rely upon Jesus by faith to forgive us of our sins, which justifies us?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

When it says that we were under the law, as in, our race was under the law, there is a twofold understanding. First, there was the animal sacrifice system that people were under requirement in the Old Testament to perform that revealed Jesus as the Lamb of God. Second, all of us were under the condemnation of the Ten Commandments, at least at some point in our lives, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Just committing one sin puts us under that condemnation until Jesus reveals salvation through Himself. That does not mean we cease obeying God through His commandments, but we certainly do not need the animal sacrifices to point to Jesus. We ought to know Jesus personally. So, do you see this verse as no longer under the obligation to keep the commandments, which leads to lawlessness, or do you see this verse as no longer condemned to die for breaking them?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

That's not just an acknowledgement that Jesus is, died, and rose for "the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19) but "to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12). So, do you believe in the power to become a son or daughter of God overcoming every sin instead of being a child of Satan by continuing in sin?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Galatians 3:21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

The law cannot provide eternal life. This is why only Jesus gives us life. But obedience to the Ten Commandments is not for life. It is the moment by moment choices to live the gospel, the power over sin to witness that God is the life giver. So, do you testify that Satan is the death giver by continuing to sin, or do you testify that God is the life giver by obeying God's law?

Friday, December 09, 2016

Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not [a mediator] of one, but God is one.

Now "[there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). Do you accept the only mediator, Jesus Christ, between all of us and God?

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Clearly we are referring to the animal sacrifice and not the Ten Commandments, yet many Christians try to state that the Ten Commandments ended when Jesus came. As already stated, the Ten Commandments existed before even Lucifer sinned. The Ten Commandments were never added because of transgression; they were transgressed against. That is what Adam and Eve sinned against. And if the commandments were added because of transgression then they would have been added or written on stone when Adam and Eve left the garden. Do such Christians not realize that by claiming it was added through Moses does not make sense? Transgression happened in Heaven, Adam and Eve, Cain, those that died in the flood, tower of Babel, even Abraham. So what did not exist before Adam and Eve sinned? Animal sacrifice for the shedding of blood. The first sacrifice, because of transgression, is what provided Adam and Eve their coats of skin (Genesis 3:21) when they were banished from the Garden of Eden. So, do you claim from this verse that the Ten Commandments are done away with because Jesus came, or do you realize that only the animal sacrifices have ceased for they pointed to Jesus to come and when He came there was no need for pointing to Him anymore through those sacrifices?

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise: but God gave [it] to Abraham by promise.

Again, keeping the Ten Commandments does not earn Heaven, the promise of eternal life. Jesus paid the price. Those that keep the commandments simply are the fruit of the saved relationship. Those that break the commandments are simply deceived and are actually lost and don't know it. So, are you deceived or does your fruit of obedience reveal that you are saved?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Galatians 3:17 And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Unfortunately, many Christians see the covenant of Genesis 3:15, where Jesus is basically promised in the beginning to be our Savior and later confirmed then with Abraham, as something separate from that with which Moses dealt with. As for the Ten Commandments, they always existed. Revelation 11:19 tells us that the ark that contains the commandments is in Heaven. Getting a written copy did not change the plans. Getting a written copy revealed why Jesus had to die. It is because "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). But think not that since Christ has come we can continue to break those commandments, which is continuing to sin. "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 pit Christ against the commandments, or do you see a Savior not only to forgive but to empower us?

Monday, December 05, 2016

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

And what that means is that Muslims are not God's people, nor are Hindus, and any other religion other than the religion of Israel followed by Christianity. This is why the Bible says, "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). So, do you accept Jesus as your Savior? Do you accept true Christianity as God's people today?

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Galatians 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though [it be] but a man's covenant, yet [if it be] confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

Good old fashion agreements before lawyers got involved. A man used to be taken at his word. So, how good is your word?

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

From Abraham's seed came Jesus Christ who would bless all nations for through Jesus Christ, every person in every nation has to opportunity to believe and be saved, the ultimate blessing. It is through the workings of the Holy Spirit in faith that draws us to this belief. So, have you been drawn?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:

Not only to give up all the powers of being God, but He became a human and not only a human, a cursed one. So, how much do you appreciate what the Son of God did for us?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

In the context, it is referring to the fact that if we are keeping the law for justification, then we do not have faith. Faith being referred to hear is that of forgiveness. When we confess our sins, how do we know we are forgiven? Faith. Those that think the commandment keeping makes up for our sins are those lacking faith. This does not dismiss commandment keeping but it addresses the motive. Because by faith we are forgiven, then why would we want to go and break them again to go back to asking for forgiveness? We ought not to think that way. We should rather live in obedience to them after being forgiven by faith. So, will you live by faith that you are forgiven?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

So those that want to do away with the Ten Commandments point to this verse and say, "See, we don't have to keep the Ten Commandments!" When it comes to justification, they are right. All the keeping of the Ten Commandments plays zero role in justification, but justification is simply a cleansing of the past life. After being justified, there is something called living the sanctified or holy life. In other words, Jesus tells us, "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). 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, do you live in just a state of justification, which is only half of the requirements for Heaven, or do you live in both justification and sanctification, which are both a gift from God taking a lot of faith and all measure of grace?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Please note that the book of the law is not the Ten Commandments. This is referring to the ceremonial laws and other laws that pointed to Christ. So any claiming to be saved by the works or practices of such actually are cursed, yet there are a number of people that believe we ought to keep these laws. So, do you discard the Ten Commandments because of this verse, or do you see that the Ten Commandments are not the same?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

That means that those who lack faith are not as blessed. Although all nations are blessed by faithful Abraham, not all nations are blessed with. The ultimate blessing is eternal life. So, are you just blessed by or are you blessed with faithful Abraham?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.

And truly all nations have been blessed by either blood line or grafted in spiritually. When true godly character is demonstrated, it can only bless, even if it is not appreciated. What is your character like?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

So, do you have true faith? Are you a child of Abraham spiritually speaking?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

How did Abraham have faith? Sitting in a tent day after day? Of course not. He exercised his faith in his works. First, by faith he demonstrated the work of moving away from his family to an unknown land. He went to battle by faith when Sodom and surrounding cities were conquered. His works demonstrated his faith when he went to offer Isaac. All those works of faith was counted as righteousness. In other words, a righteous person will do righteous things, especially obeying God. So, do you exercise your faith in righteous acts, or do you exercise your faith in Satan and do unrighteous acts?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

And we continue the contrast of works and faith. So if through the Holy Spirit miracles are performed, is it because he was obeying the law or having faith that God exists? Again, there should be no contrast. God cannot confirm sinning, breaking God's law, by the outpouring of miracles upon open sinners, nor can God confirm working of the law for merit miracles because that encourages one to follow all the rules to gain a result, as if one deserves it. It is the faith in God who can keep us from falling into sin (Jude 1:24), which results in obedience to the commandments without merit. So, repeating the question, do you see the proper relationship between faith and works?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Galatians 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if [it be] yet in vain.

Now this can be taken more than one way. First, if one has worked so hard to earn Heaven, that is vain because we cannot. Second, have we suffered through things only to see no fruit, like watching ourselves in public to be the best example of Christ as possible only to be ridiculed? So, do you example Christ despite how others react and are not expecting any merit?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

So we are prompted to come to God by the Holy Spirit, and what do we think? That we are going to claim our works as earning salvation? That if we keep all the Ten Commandments, we deserve Heaven? Absolutely not! Or as Paul would write, "God forbid!" But again, obedience to the commandments are still required. They are kept because we are saved, not because we are trying to be saved. So, do you understand the balance of obedience?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

So it begins once again, the works of the law compared to having faith as if a Christian cannot have both. Works usually carries with it the title legalism while faith carries with it lawlessness. Why does it have to be a battle? Since when is it wrong to be obedient to parents, right authority, and especially God? It is not wrong. And I would propose that those that believe in obedience to the law have more faith in God than those that do not obey the law. So, do you pit faith against works and works against faith, or do you properly understand the relationship of both?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nahum 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

This is a graphic way to describe what happens to the victim, but in reality, it is quite gruesome what Satan does to his victims. We become a victim when we believe any lie that permits us to indulge in the hurtful things of the world, even excusing sin. Unfortunately, most do not even realize what is hurtful. Free sex is actually hurtful. Drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and smoking is hurtful. So is eating the wrong type of food that God calls unclean. So, are you a victim of Satan, or are you educated in God's Word to know how to avoid being a victim?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

For that matter, today we can ask, who has bewitched any Christian that obedience in general is not a part of salvation? Again, "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, in obedience, do you give evidence of obedience to the world (Satan) or God?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Again, all of the commandment keeping does not earn righteousness. Christ is our Righteousness. But that does not cancel out our keeping the commandments. We keep them because Christ Righteousness, doing right, comes out of us. And Christ surely did not live breaking the commandments. So, do you claim Christ righteousness while sinning, or does Christ righteousness keep you from sinning?

Friday, November 18, 2016

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

Do you know what this means? It means every time we think about what we want to do, we need to stop. What we want is OVER. We now live all to Jesus. That means everything runs through the filter. I want or feel like going to the bar tonight. Nope. That is living for self. I want to get involved in a Bible study? Yep! That is living for Christ. I want or feel like eating junk food; not for Christ sake! I want or feel like participating in Halloween; not for Christ sake! I feel festive and want to continue the lie of Santa; not for Christ sake! I feel like just vegging out watching TV; not for Christ sake! I want to read the Bible; for Christ sake, yes! When we are focused upon only living for Christ, temptations should not be so tempting; sins should cease. That also means we cannot live 50-50, 40-60, even 10-90. It is zero for self and all for Jesus! Sound boring? Sound restrictive? You won't be saying that while walking the streets of gold. So, who do you live for?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Again, obedience to God's Ten Commandments is not a contradiction here. Simply stated, obedience to the Ten Commandments is a dead act if we think that such earns Heaven. Now that does not mean we then do the opposite and live carelessly breaking them. If we live unto God, is that not obedience to all that God commands? Jesus answers this by saying, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). So, do you live in disobedience to God's commandments because keeping such is a dead act, or do you keep the Ten Commandments because such is living unto God?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Galatians 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

So, after being justified or forgiven of one's sins we turn around and make plans working towards sin again, we will be considered a transgressor instead of a forgiven person. Is that what you want, or will you now, by the grace of God, forsake the sin you confessed?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [is] therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

Yes, we are sinners in need of justification, forgiveness to the point of being presented "faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 1:24), but what Paul is saying is that if we plan on continuing to sin or are planning on being careless about sin, is that what justification is for? God forbid! That would confirm that sin is greater than the power of God to give us the victory over sin. Preacher after preacher keep reminding us that we are sinners, but we are not to stay as practicing sinners. Hardly anyone teaches what Paul was teaching, all of which is the plan of Satan to keep us sinning by using ministers that are either purposely misguiding or are not fully educated in the truth and are misleading. In either case, you have a choice. Do you believe popular Christianity that reminds you that you are a sinner implying that you shall sin for the rest of your life, or are you accepting of God's power to cease from sinning and be fully receptive of His justification?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Galatians 2:15-16 We [who are] Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Now for those that say that we are to keep the Ten Commandments, even the seventh day Sabbath holy, this seems like a challenging verse. In fact, those that disregard the commandments use this verse to prove their position. Unfortunately there is much confusion over a simple statement. In the justification process, there is nothing we can offer for our salvation. These are accurate statements. There is no confusion. What makes it confusing is that once we accept justification, which is merely the forgiveness of sins, we are now to be "new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). "Our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin" (Romans 6:6). In other words, we live the sanctified life. That is where keeping the commandments, even the Sabbath becomes part of salvation for it is evidence of a saving relationship. We obey the commandments not to be saved but because "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, do you think you can freely sin and still enter Heaven, or do you see the proper relationship between sin and obedience?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Now we get the details of the rebuke. Paul rebuked Peter in front of everyone. Too bad Christians today don't live by this principle. Public sins are to be rebuked publically. That is so that everyone knows not to do that sin. If done privately, those unaware of the rebuke will think the church condones the sin, and that is not right. So, how comfortable are you with public dealings with sins of a public nature?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Galatians 2:12-13 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

Many people don't realize the influence they have by example, and they don't realize who is actually watching. So what example do you set?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Galatians 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

Just because someone is in leadership of a church does not mean they are perfect. Now Peter, as we shall see, will accept the rebuke. He didn't see that he was doing wrong. There is a difference between those that purposely ignore the rules and those that are ignorant of them. Sure, "thou shalt not kill" but that also includes anger and prejudice. Not everyone sees it that way and when such is the case, challenging a person to step up is sometimes necessary, like Paul did to Peter. So, if you are a person wearing any title in a church, do you think you don't deserve being rebuked when doing wrong? If you are just a member, do you over respect the leadership and do not bring to attention their public sins?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Galatians 2:10 Only [they would] that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

In all you do for God, do you remember the poor?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Galatians 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should go] unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

So the apostles did come around and had one of their own partner with Paul. And Paul had been given his orders to go to the heathen or Gentiles while the other apostles would continue to work among the Jews. So, are you patient enough to have others come around eventually to see the reality of things, or do you express your opinions in a manner that just causes hard feelings?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Galatians 2:8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

How can Paul be so successful among the Gentiles as Peter was among the Jews? It is because Paul and Peter were but mere instruments. Success comes through God. And the Bible says, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). So, will you be an instrument that God can work mightily through, or will you be selfish to see what you can get out of life?

Monday, November 07, 2016

Galatians 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as [the gospel] of the circumcision [was] unto Peter;

The people observing saw how God was with Paul just as God was with Peter and his efforts. So, do you argue with people when they just refuse to see who you are or do you demonstrate it?

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Galatians 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed [to be somewhat] in conference added nothing to me

Paul having the backing or not having the backing of the conference meant nothing to him, and position in a church or no position in the church should mean nothing to us as well. You see, there are two positions all of us have and it is given to us by God despite whoever else does or does not acknowledge them. The first position is our personal relationship with Jesus through the justification or forgiveness of ours sins as well as the sanctification or holy living afterwards as a true Christian. The second position is our duty to our fellow human beings to do everything possible, despite their resistance, to win them to God. In short, our two titles are Christian and missionary. So do you really care what position you have or even approval of the church for what you are?

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Galatians 2:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

Another translation states it clearer by saying, "But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you." We are to refuse to give time to a false teaching, false gospel. So, for the sake of keeping peace, do you allow for error to be taught? Or do you follow the words of Jesus, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34)?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage

So why wasn't Paul easily accepted as a new convert? Because the early church had been duped in the past by people who pretended to convert only to be a spy for the authorities. Unfortunately, we don't have the same carefulness today. Many spies have come in. Many different doctrines are being taught that are against what Christ taught. In a sense, they are as guilty of being antichrist as the antichrist. So, do you listen to just any preacher or are you careful to whom you listen to? Do you check them with the Word of God as your standard for "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20)?

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Galatians 2:3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

Circumcision is no longer a requirement, but sometimes for the gospel sake, we do that which we do not have to do. So what type of Christian are you? Do you just keep the rules and if something is optional, you opt out? Or do you always keep in mind the purpose of witnessing and furtherance of the gospel and are willing to submit even to the optional things no matter how unpleasant they are?

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

Paul was careful in how he handled the gospel. He always considered the proper time and place. Do you consider how you represent God properly, or do you not care about your surroundings?

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with [me] also.

Travel is not like today. If you first try and are rejected, try, try, try again. But seeing walking was the most popular mode of transportation, by the time Paul got to various destination, aided by ships once in a while, it took years to try a second time. What effort do you put forth when resistance exists? Do you try again?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Galatians 1:21-24 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ: But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me.

How many times do negative comments precede positive ones only to have the negative ones retained over the positive? A lot. Thank God such was not the case with Paul. So, how is it with you? When you hear both a positive report and a negative one, which do you hold onto stronger?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

Too many people write off the Bible because it is written by other humans, but they fail to realize, "holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). So, do you distrust the Bible because humans penned it?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.

Sometimes you just would like a little human support, but despite Paul really not getting any because of the risk upfront, Paul turned out to be one of the greatest apostles. So, do you let the lack of human support stop you from working for God?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Galatians 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

So Paul's desert experience in relearning God's true way was a period of three years, yet, people new to actual Bible truth who have to unlearn all the old stuff think they are good to go on day one. It is always best to listen more than we teach when we are new to God's truth. Sure, we may have been a Christian all of our lives, but if we have been taught wrong, it is going to take a while to get that old stuff out of our minds. So, are you willing to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn, or are you prideful in your ways changing but a little to comply?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Galatians 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

Arabia, which is desert. Paul had a wilderness experience in which he spent a significant amount of time unlearning his old understanding and learning the new way. He probably studied the prophesies deeper in which pointed to the Messiah. So, how much time do you personally spend getting to know the Messiah?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Galatians 1:15-16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

You know, that is the biggest mistake people make. They consult with relatives, friends, and maybe even a pastor. All the sources, including a pastor, are an unconverted sources. Most pastors today are all about the allowance of sin and all about getting attendance up at any cost. Friends are usually worldly, and relatives are usually, if they go to church, all about formality. So when the truth of the Bible is revealed and it is plain, even though it may sound quite different than one was raised up with or what the rest of the world believes, the consulting with any other humans is against God's will. God calls us through His Word. Unless everyone consulted is willing to submit their lives to the Word, they are mere flesh and blood. So, will you step out in faith or will you gather human opinions and stay in your disobedient life?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Galatians 1:13-14 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Paul was not someone wishy washy in his former beliefs. In fact, he thought he was doing the right thing in protecting the Jewish religion by persecuting God's people, and yet, he was wrong. Of course he became one of the greatest apostles to the Gentiles for God's church. But how many are so stubborn in their own upbringing, traditions, way of life, and if anyone in their church or circle of friends switches to where the truth is, that same stubborn person will cast it off as, "Well, they weren't that strong in the beliefs to begin with" or "I guess they just need more and aren't satisfied". Nonsense. It is usually those strong in using the scriptures to support where they are in their faith and when it clicks that where they are in attending church is wrong, they move on to find the correct church. So, are you a studier of the truth, or are you stubborn in your ways?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught [it], but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

So, do you think Paul's writings are His own or the words of Jesus?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Galatians 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

So anyone that accuses the Bible writers as being like any other human writing, think again! Paul is basically telling us who the real author is. It is God. So, do you believe the Bible to be the Word of God or man?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

We're not on earth to make friends or please people. We are here to seek and save the lost. That does not mean friends won't happen; it's just not the primary purpose. So, is friendship with people more important than offending to save someone from hell?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

And again, I ask, "Why are so many Christians lax in this area?" Why do so many Christians just excuse away Bible doctrine for whatever their denomination teaches, even just a pastor teaches. In fact, why do so many think that whatever they believe on their own is sufficient? The truth of the matter is that there is only one true gospel and if we don't hear and accept it, we will be lost. Are you willing to risk eternal life?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

And just how many preachers are treated this way today? Are they accursed or are they excused for their errors that they preach sermon after sermon with? 42,000 different Christian denominations means that more than likely 41,999 of them have all their ministers preaching a different gospel. So, are you listening to that poisonous different gospel?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Habakkuk 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, [even] for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

And the recipients of salvation, "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). And to the wicked, "And 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). And which side will you be on?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

The false gospel of today is not another gospel; it's poison. And preachers pervert it still today. What hint do we have to know what is the false gospel? In Jude 1:4, it says, "Ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness" (Jude 1:4). What makes someone ungodly? The allowance of sin for "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations" (2 Peter 2:9). So anyone preaching as they continue to sin and speak on grace providing the allowance to sin are guilty of spreading the false gospel. And all believers who listen to preachers nail the obedience of the Ten Commandments to the cross, exaggerate grace, exaggerate faith, are all deceived. So, are you deceived into the false gospel or are you living the true one by obeying God's commandments?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

I marvel at that also. During the 1500's, 1600's, and 1700's, even still today, many have gone to their death on the stance of the Bible and the Bible alone, yet, so many Christians do not take that stance and even criticize the accuracy of the Bible. Do they not know that if such is the case that everyone ought to be Catholic then? That was the reason for the great reformation. It was a calling to the Catholic Church for not teaching as dictated by the Bible. The Catholic Church has not changed but Protestants who have become Evangelicals have changed. They have abandoned their Bible stance. It is taught that one just attends a church in which they feel comfortable in, but with all of them having abandoned the Bible stance, they basically are all in error. So, are you removed from the gospel or do you adhere to the Bible gospel?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Galatians 1:2-5 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Yes, Jesus died for our sins paying the price of our penalty, death, so that we do not have to die by have everlasting life! But everyone that lives only for justification (all about forgiveness) need to read the rest of the verse. We are to be delivered from the present evil world. That means when raunchy programs come on TV, turn it off because we have been delivered from filling our minds with such garbage. When invited to the movies and the content is not God approved, being delivered from such filth we ought to tell our friends, "No thank you." In short, we are not to be worldly people into sports, following actors and TV programs, listening to the music of the world, eating and drinking like the world, using foul language, and the list goes on for we have been delivered from it all. We have been given the power to come out of all of that. And those that are not being told to come out, they are listening to all the people that Jesus said would appear in the last days to deceive the flock (Matthew 24). And those that think they cannot come out of that stuff before the second coming are willingly deceived by "denying the power" (2 Timothy 3:5). God did not send His Son to forgive us our sins to continue enjoying the world but come out of all that sinning, temptations to sin, and exposure thereof. So, are you deceived or are you delivered?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

Yes, Jesus had knocked Paul off of a horse, blinded his eyes, and humbled him to the point of being a powerful apostle for Christianity. Jesus may not knock us off a horse, but have you ever experienced a situation that should have been life changing, even threatening? And if so, did you say, "Yes Lord"? Or did you just brush it off?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ephesians 6:23-24 Peace [be] to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace [be] with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

And so ends the book of Ephesians with us asking, "Do you love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity?" Jesus only asks, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). So will you?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ephesians 6:21-22 But that ye also may know my affairs, [and] how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and [that] he might comfort your hearts.

This is not gossip or bragging. It is an update on the situation at hand. It's a gospel update. So, are you able to tell the difference between gossip (telling other people's business that is reserved for them to tell and not you even if it is true), bragging (the look what I have accomplished and am I not great), and the gospel testimony (talking of how God is using His instruments, us humans, to further His gospel)?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Who are you an ambassador for? An ambassador represents a country and their interests. An ambassador does not show up in a foreign country looking and acting the opposite of what they would at home. Therefore, as an ambassador of Christ, we ought to represent His Ten Commandments, which God's written form of the love between us and Him as well as our fellow human beings. An ambassador of Satan would represent sin. So, who are you an ambassador for?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Are you able to go forth boldly with the gospel because you wear the full armor of God?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Continuous attitude of prayer every moment of the day as if Jesus were walking next to you is how we ought to be living. And watching includes not even getting close to temptation, let alone to the sin. Too many Christians flirt with sin by allowing temptations but even the temptation should be shut down. Have problems with each too much food? Stay out of the kitchen. Difficulty with staying away from porn? Limit computer access. So, how prayerful is your life? How guarded are you towards temptations?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Salvation is on the head because it takes an intelligent relationship with God using the mind. It is not just flutter feeling, a mouthing of the words, but a true commitment "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). As the sword is used to defend, one ought to defend the truth with the Word of God whenever it is under attack. The sword is also used offensively and so every error ought to be cut down by the use of the Word of God. So, do you have cheap or intelligent salvation? And do you have the knowledge of the Word of God so as to defend as well as march forward into battle?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). And sometimes it is hard when all the scientific evidence points to the opposite. It takes a lot of faith to know that somehow they are misguided, in error, distorting the information, etc. So, how strong is your faith? Strong enough to push against the agenda?

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

That peace ought to be between the Christian family and God, but something is wrong somewhere. With many denominations at war between each other and people continuing to distance themselves from God through sinning, there is hardly peace. It does exist, but it is hard to find. We ought to all believe the same thing and know what is and is not sin, what is and is not temptation, but with selfishness leading the way, the not caring attitude seems to prevail. And with people entertained by sin, the desire to listen to sermons, read the Bible, and get out there to share the gospel is quite lacking as well as the relationship with God. So, do you believe the single truth of the Bible and are you spending significant daily time with God?

Friday, October 07, 2016

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

Notice that Paul leads in with truth first, for without such we would not understand what true righteousness is. So all those that believe truth does not matter and that anyone is allowed to have their own truth are deceived. Truth is found in the Word (John 17:17), which means all who discredit the Bible as being the Word of God are working against the truth. Truth is also found in the Ten Commandments (Psalms 119:142), which means that all those that have nailed them to the cross are also in trouble. And without the truth, how can we properly understand the right concept of righteousness? We can't. "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous" (1 John 3:7). And those that call such people legalists are quite mistaken. So, are you working for or against the truth? Are you working for or against the armor of God?

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

So saying this twice ought to speak to us the seriousness of putting on all the armor of God. And again, the promise is that we will be able to stand against every evil, every temptation, as long as we have done everything and have given our all to stand by God's divine power. So, are you doing your all that God has equipped you with, or have you buried your ability to resist the devil and he is walking all over you?

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

First things first in the battle for our salvation, Jesus paid the price but He doesn't force us to go to Heaven. We do not give up control of our decision making either. So "once saved, always saved" is a false doctrine, as at anytime if you decided, "I like Satan's ways of sinning better than God's ways", then that is your prerogative. So if we think at any moment, "Oh, I gave my heart to Jesus back in (fill in the date) so I'm good" and then return to sinning, you have been deceived. Once your heart has been given, Satan pulls out every attempt to get you to go back on that decision. It is called temptation. That is what we wrestle with, not human beings who are just instruments in this game called life. We are to be fighting against the darkness coming from Satan, and if we are not fighting then we are deceived. So, are you fighting?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

What this means to us is that there is absolutely, positively no reason to ever sin. There is no reason whatsoever to give into temptation. The only reason we do is that some piece of the armor must not be in place. This is a promise! If we put on the whole armor of God, we will be able to stand against all that the devil brings our way. So, will you equip yourself wholly with God's armor from now on?

Monday, October 03, 2016

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Feeling tempted? Struggling with doing the right and shunning the wrong? "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). Pray, pray, pray. Study, study, study. Do what He says according to His Word and even "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:22). And by this, you will become a conqueror. So, how do you go up against Satan? Do you even go up against him? "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

So, here is instruction to the masters of which it is encouraged that there would be more of an employer and employee relation instead of the master and slave relationship. There should be no threatening used. How does the ultimate Master treat us? Outside of our choice to go to Hell in the end, God does not threaten us with lightning bolts, hail balls, and such every time we have a choice to make and make the wrong choice. Now for us who do not have slaves or even employees, how do you treat others under you or even on the same level as yourself, like children, spouses, fellow employees, brothers, sisters, even parents, and other such people?

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Ephesians 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free.

I don’t know where the confusion is, but no person is better off than another in God's eyes. Be it free or a slave, be it rich or poor, be a man or a woman, be it any color, be it in any condition, when we do everything to the best of our ability, we do it unto the Lord and not the person who either forces, asks, or expects us to do what we do. And when we do all unto the Lord, the Lord shall give to us the same, maybe in other ways, back to us. In other words, we are blessed when we do our work without complaint. So how do you do your work?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Is all that you do approved of God or for the benefit of others to see?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

What is the motivation of doing anything? Will you do something because people are watching, but as soon as the crowd is gone, you become lazy? Do you do something just to get the appreciation? Or do you do something because you love God and want to do His will, doing the right because it is right?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are [your] masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

Here we see that the issue of slavery is not being taken up. Like Jesus, the apostle Paul staid out of the political unrest. This in no wise is to be taken as endorsing slavery, but in all things, we are to work as if we are working for Christ. And if we can work under slave conditions for Christ, we can endure any persecution that may come our way. Avoiding political situations is not easy. It is so easy to be drawn away from our purpose, the gospel. It is so easy to get caught up in the political hot topics. We all have an opinion, but know this, if we express that opinion, we then have created a wall in sharing the gospel with others. Promoting a Democratic candidate makes Republicans leery of anything else, and vice-a-versa. Likewise, to right upfront state one's stance on abortion, homosexual laws, marijuana, and other political items will alienate others. Everyone needs to knows Jesus before they can see the error of their ways. So, do people know what position you hold on political issues, or do you come off neutral as possible?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

How careful we need to be as parents. Many unconverted parents will simply correct children without explanation. Many will simply get tired of the demands and send their children to their rooms without explaining why or be sarcastic or even rude. Every correction must be done in the nurture and admonition of God. Explain how they are breaking God's commandments. Explain how it is not appropriate in what they are doing. So, how do you correct children?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Ephesians 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

This is the extension of the promise of honoring fathers and mothers. To live long on the earth is to live forever on the new earth, but even now one may be quite well. So, do you honor your mother and father and authority in general?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

The commandments actually reads, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee" (Exodus 20:12). So the promise is that we may live long upon the land which God gives us. Yes, all that we have is God's but ultimately the land we will inherit is the New Earth, and the length of time will be forever. Therefore, the fifth commandment, which includes respect for authority, is very important. This verse in Ephesians also tells us that the Ten Commandments still exists. So, do you respect authority, even when you disagree with it?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Notice the clarification in the command. Children are not to blindly obey their parents. So if a parent tells a child to do wrong, they are not to obey. They are only to obey that part which is of God. So parents, are all things that you command in the home approved of God?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

And she can only reverence her husband if he's like Christ. In fact, the ultimate husband is Christ "for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). So, do you reverence your husband, Jesus?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The relationship between Christ and the church is very much a mystery, where the church are human beings that have been converted. The question is, are you part of the church?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

That "leaving" part includes not running back to mommy and daddy for constant advice. A child should have been trained up to be self-sufficient. If a child is on the phone constantly asking advice in their relationship, there is something wrong. The Genesis version is much more revealing about the relationship. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). The word "cleave" is much stronger than simply "joined". Cleave includes keeping family activities inside the family home and not revealing these things to friends and relatives. By doing such, it actually undermines the marriage. So, how protective are you in your marital relationship?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Jesus died for His church suffering in the flesh and bones of a human, and if we offend one member, we offend His church. In fact, Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me" (Matthew 25:40). So, are you careful not to offend His body?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

So, no husband hates his own flesh this verse is stating, just like we said yesterday. Husbands usually make sure they are fed, clothed, well rested, entertained, even well protected with a roof over their heads. Just as Jesus cherishes the church, which us as a people, husbands ought to cherish their wives. Do know that wives ought to do the same towards their husbands, but as priests of the family, basically, husbands need to stop treating their wives like something to command around like a slave. To command a wife is to command to obey God's commandments, His statutes, and His principles. Beyond that, get your own drink, help set the table, maybe even run the vacuum cleaner once in a while. So, do you cherish your wife?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

So husbands, and the reverse is true wives, just how much do you love your own body? Do you make sure it is fed, clothed, well rested, entertained, etc.? Then a husband or wife should make sure their spouse gets the same opportunity. Does that happen in your home?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

We, not a building or denomination, but "WE" the people make up the church, however, not all of us that call ourselves Christian are part of God's church. By the end of time, which is very soon, Jesus is going to have a glorious church that contains people who finally have listened to "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), and let the power of Jesus be "able to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24)) into sin of course. This involves living the Christian life. So every Christian that just claims to be saved, living in justification alone, are going to be quite disappointed since the Bible also tells of something called sanctification or holy living, which so many Christians ignore or are unaware of because they are not being taught such. This involves resisting the devil even if it requires sweating blood (Hebrews 12:4) for "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not" (1 John 2:1). So, are you by the grace of God striving (Luke 13:24) to be part of this church, or are you simply a careless Christian?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Husbands, as well as wives, do you live a holy example cleansed by the Holy Spirit and inspired by the Word of God for the sanctification of your home, or do you make allowance for sin in any form?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Husbands, just how much love do you have for your wife? Are you willing to die for her to save her soul?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.

And here is the misunderstanding, the use of "everything". What does "everything" mean? If you say, "Every single thing", you would be wrong. Would it be expected for a wife to partake in sin? If a husbands wants to attend a partner swap party, do you think God is going to say to the wife who is not in agreement, "I said submit to everything so go the party"? Of course not. If the husband wants to get wasted, should the wife submit to doing it too? No! You see, there are global words that have an attached biblical understanding. When God uses the word "all" and "everything" and other similar words, because a Christian understands the teachings of the Bible, it is understood to mean "all things God approves of" and "everything that God approves of". God just has to state it once regarding His approval and then He is free to use the words in general. Only a true Bible student would accept such an understanding while those with an agenda do not. Therefore, if the husband is doing godly, then the wife is to submit in everything because in reality, they too would be following godliness. If the husband is ungodly, the wife now is the head of the spiritual home. So how do you see the word "everything" and "all" and "always" and etc. throughout the Bible?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

And as head of the church, what did Christ do for it? Died! Husbands, are you willing to die for your wife's salvation? If not, you are not worthy of the name husband nor should you be head of the household then.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Does it say that wives are to submit to their husbands or does it say submit to their husbands as unto the Lord? In other words, Jesus would never ask a woman to sin, be a slave, be mistreated. Therefore, every husband that treats their wives in an un-Christ like manner are not to be submitted to. So, does anyone still have a blind submission understanding about women to their husbands, or do we hold true to every word of the verse?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Submission is not just a one way street. Women are not to blindly submit to their husbands, as if they are slaves. We are to submit to each other. Therefore husbands, start submitting to your wives also! So, do we see a two-way street in submitting one to another, or do you believe the lie that has been perpetrated for years, centuries even?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

When the Bible says, "all things", it means in good times and bad, even in persecutions. Can you do that?

Friday, September 09, 2016

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Do you see what is missing? Rock music, drums. Basically God wants to hear us and not the instruments. So just because they call themselves Christian doesn't make it so. So what type of songs do you listen to?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Does that mean as long as you don't get drunk, it is OK to drink wine? Of course not for "Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1). Besides, what is really being referred to here? We have the Spirit on one side and drink on the other. Is that really the comparison? Let us look from a spiritual perspective where wine represents teachings or doctrines, where fornication with God is to go into apostasy (Revelation 18:3). Therefore, we ought not be so into church or pastor doctrines, but instead, we ought to be lead by the Spirit, for "he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). So, do you claim to be alright as a Christian because you follow your church's doctrines, or if you see some truth revealed in the Bible that contradicts those doctrines you are willing to step out of those false teachings?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].

When we become a Christian, our will is not to be done unless it is acceptable to God. And for those that do not know what God's will is, let David tell you. "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart" (Psalms 40:8). It's obeying God's Ten Commandments. So everything you say, think, and do, is it according to the Ten Commandments?

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Are you taking advantage of the time to be right with God because Jesus is soon to return?

Monday, September 05, 2016

Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Are you seeing that you walk in right doing, which is wise, or are you walking in sin, which is foolish?

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Are you asleep at Bible prophecy or do you know what is going on? Are you listening to the deceptions or cutting through them with the Word of God? Wake up for God is ready to give you light. Will you accept it?

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Jesus said it this way, "He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:21). So, are you willing to accept that there is a single truth and that we ought to understand what that is as well as to see if we are doing it God's way or our own way, and if it is our own way that we would repent of such and do it God's way?

Friday, September 02, 2016

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

So some of the sins of fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting (verses 3-4) are a real shame even done in secret. Well, coveting is something in the mind that actually is done while out in public. Hard to talk foolishly and even jest all alone. Filthiness and uncleanness could be done in private, I guess, like sneaking a ham sandwich, but what really brings shame is fornication in private. No, that's not homosexual or heterosexual activity; that's masturbation that is done alone in the category of fornication. So, it is a real shame to have to admit that one participates in such. But, how many sins do you sneak in private?

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

So, are you really good friends, indifferent with people, who are careless in their sinning? If so, you are going against the Word of God. Yes, we must be approachable, but we are not to confide in such people. We are to have no fellowship with them, as in, we don't regularly hang out with them. Sure, do like Jesus and go and visit with them if you are allowed to share the gospel and not simply just party with them, but overall, they need reproved of their wrongs. When Jesus ate and drank with the sinners, it was not for entertainment; He had opportunity to teach them. So again, how friendly are you with non-believers or believers who are backslidden?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Habakkuk 1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! [even] cry out unto thee [of] violence, and thou wilt not save!

Do you feel like that? Indeed "the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12). People are rude, mean, and even violent. Just how much longer until we are delivered? "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). No wonder it is said, "Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12) for it is going to take a whole lot more patience yet. So, do you actually pray to be delivered from the evils of the world?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Everything you do, say, and think, is it acceptable to God or not? If it is not, don't say it, don't do it, and don't even think it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

If a person is full of the Holy Spirit, the result is all goodness. That means there is no room for badness. Therefore, excusing a little bad is actually really bad because it shows who is really in charge of our hearts. If a person is full of the Holy Spirit, the result is all righteousness. That means everything that is done is righteousness and not wrongness. Therefore, when we don't feel like doing the right thing, again we know who is ruling the heart. You see, people get this notion that as long as we are not always bad and just mostly good, we're OK when in reality we are not. Finally, If a person is full of the Holy Spirit, the result is all truth. So, to be indifferent towards the truth or to excuse error is then example of people being deceived for they are not full of the Holy Spirit. So, is your life all goodness, righteousness, and truth?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Luke writes it this way, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). One may not have known certain things were sins, but when you do find out, it is time to stop. So do you, or do you say, "Well, I'm already doing it, can't be that big of a deal"?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ephesians 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

So we have strong warnings against false teachers. It is not enough to say that such are just mistaken. We have to label it as error and leave, otherwise, we will not have an excuse on judgment day. So, do you just excuse your minister if they don't teach correctly? Do you even check up on your preacher through the standard called the Bible?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

All those that claim to be saved and yet also think that the Ten Commandments are meaningless, take this to heart because you are being deceived. God's wrath will be on all who disobey God, Christian or not, believer or not. If one continues to disobey, break the commandments, they are not being taught properly. They have listened to vain and even twisted words. Disobedience in any form is still disobedience. So, do you live in disobedience, do you really believe Jesus died to nail the commandments to the cross, change life from obeying the commandments to just living by faith or grace carelessly sinning? Or do you live in obedience because Jesus saved you from your sins?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

So God does have a list of people going to hell. Whoremongers includes giving into any sexual desires. It is not just jumping from partner to partner. But get this… anyone who covets will not enter the kingdom of God either. That is a very difficult one because so many people live in the "I wish" state and are not satisfied with their lot in life. "I wish…" and do things to improve the situation is one thing, but to think, "I wish I had a million dollars", "I wish I can go on a trip to Hawaii", etc. when it is not possible is included in coveting. So just when one thinks the Ten Commandments no longer apply, think again! And how are you doing on that coveting thing as well as the rest of the list?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

These are things that Christians will not partake of. We ought to speak giving thanks. We ought not speak foolishly, jesting, and especially we should not talk of the filth, especially joking about it. So, what comes out of your mouth?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints

We ought to be content with our lot in life. The whole "I wish" or daydreaming of what life could be is covetousness. Now, uncleanness is a broad term but it catches all of the worldly taint that Christianity doesn't seem to resist anymore. Just because it is not taught doesn't mean it is acceptable to God. And finally there is fornication, which covers adultery in addition to "dating sex", pornography, and all forms of sensuality. Once again, this includes wanting to see certain people in swimsuits, brief nudity in movies, and of course soft porn. None of this should be found among Christians. Is it found among you?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Are you giving yourself, through service and example, as a sweet smelling savor?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children

Pastors and even denominations are not as important as that of following God. That does not discredit all pastors and all denominations, but how dare we say, "My church does not teach it like that" or "My pastor doesn't agree with that". Jesus even 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), which means to be teachable. So, are you prideful that your pastor can do no wrong or denomination is just fine as is, or are you teachable out of God's Word?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

It is easy to claim that God forgives all of our sins, yet it is so hard for us to do the same to sincere individuals who have wronged us. Remember, "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12), "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:14-15). So how are you doing on forgiving others?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

This is a summary verse repeating what was already stated in prior verses keeping in mind that all anger is not all. It is implied all ungodly anger. Remember, Jesus was quite angry when He overturned the tables. And the same would be true for bitterness, wrath, and clamor. Evil speaking points to our words either being uplifting or tearing down. Which words do you speak? And the "with all malice" is the complete context for each of these attributes, meaning, holy anger is allowed but that which works malice is not. So, do you say, "I'm only human" trying to excuse why you continue to be doing such things, or do you believe in the power of God "to keep you from falling" (Jude 1:24)?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

The job of the Holy Spirit is to "reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (John 16:8). So when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and we resist or make excuses, that is grieving the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit prompts us to do something righteous, like help someone, teach someone, and we make excuses, we grieve the Holy Spirit. Another job of the Holy Spirit is to "guide you into all truth" (John 16:13), therefore, willful ignorance, not having time each day in His Word to learn what truth is, happens to also be grieving the Holy Spirit. When we see the truth and make excuses like, every church has error in it or no one has the truth, then we grieve the Holy Spirit. So how much do you grieve the Holy Spirit?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

When we speak, it is to edify only. Never a negative word, never a cutting word, never a hurtful word ought to be spoken, even in jest. Yes, concerns may be brought up, but we either edify or we bring people down with our words. What do your words do?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

It is called an honest living. And stealing goes beyond taking something that is not your own. Stealing includes not giving a boss an honest day's work. It includes being careless making people wait frequently upon yourself when we ought to work towards having no one wait for us. We ought to be the person waiting. And we should labor to make sure we are paying God and honest tithe for "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings" (Malachi 3:8). So, how else in your life may you be stealing from others in time, money, possessions, etc.?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

Don't give the devil any space, yet so many, oh, so many Christians are so, so, so careless. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8). This applies to going out and coming in. What we say, is it true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous, praising, then speak it, if not, hold thy tongue! Cutting sarcasm should never leave our tongues. Uttering, even in jest, negative thoughts should not be in our mind, let alone spoken. What we watch, listen to, expose ourselves to should also be the same tests. But so many want to spice up life a little. So many don't want to miss out on things. So many are influenced by what the world does. They ask things like: What's harmful about sports? What's wrong with a little foul language? What's wrong in suggesting "girl's" or "boy's" night out? What is wrong with getting involved in politics? God says that He has not ordained it. So, what are you careless about in your life?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

There is allowed anger and anger which is not