Friday, December 15, 2017

Acts 23:6

There is a difference between faith and religion. Faith is believing in the person of Jesus and in the salvation that only He can provide. Religion is the ability to follow the rules and regulations that govern your belief in God. This belief system most likely was passed down from your family. 

Faith alone pleases God…we need to know personally, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and those who place their trust in Him alone… He rewards. 

The Holy Spirit takes the teachings of Christ and makes them live in our spirit. The more that we believe in Him the more we can receive from Him with understanding.

The Sadducees were the ruling religious class in Judaea in the first-century ad. The Pharisees were devoted to the practice and teaching of the law. Faithlife Bible.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, miracles, life after death, or the existence of angels. On the other hand, the Pharisees believed in the supernatural and affirmed the very things the Sadducees denied. NKJ Bible.

Following a religion was not as important to God as the people being committed to him (Isaiah 1:13-14). That not is to say that religion is not important to God. But if a persons heart is not in it, then being religious will not impress God. For as God says, a Christian is saved by grace (a free gift given by God because of Jesus) and not by works so no-one can boast (Ephesians 2:8).

Acts 23:6 (NKJV)
But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”

Acts 26:5 (NKJV)
They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

Acts 28:20 (NKJV)

20 For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.”

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Nahum 2:8-10

Unless we change our ways and place JESUS first, until we actually care about our neighbors (not just Americans but all Gods’ creation), there is not a lot of hope for us as a Christian nation. We are one of the wealthiest and most entitled countries in the world and we live like hypocrites. With our mouths we speak great, caring, beatitudes but with our actions we show our true feelings. our constant quest for possessions, control  and power…this has become the face of what we value. 

We cannot save ourselves…but Jesus can.

The Babylonian Chronicles—which are tablets that record the history of Babylon—state that the amount of treasure in Nineveh was “a quantity beyond counting.” The Assyrians had collected a massive amount of wealth from looting cities like Susa, Babylon, Damascus, Samaria, Memphis, and Thebes. Faithlife Bible.

Assyria had despoiled many nations, including Samaria and the cities of Israel. There seemed to be no end to the loot that could be found within its walls. Nonetheless, even Nineveh was exhausted of its treasures. At long last, it was empty. NKJ Bible.

Nahum 2:8–10 (NKJV)
8 Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
Now they flee away.
“Halt! Halt!” they cry;
But no one turns back.
9 Take spoil of silver!
Take spoil of gold!
There is no end of treasure,
Or wealth of every desirable prize.
10 She is empty, desolate, and waste!
The heart melts, and the knees shake;
Much pain is in every side,
And all their faces are drained of color.

Ezekiel 7:19 (NKJV)
19 ‘They will throw their silver into the streets,
And their gold will be like refuse;
Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them
In the day of the wrath of the Lord;
They will not satisfy their souls,
Nor fill their stomachs,

Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Luke 12:1-3

It’s as easy as 1.2.3.

The Pharisees cared more about keeping power and control and in doing so they bypassed the teachings of our  SAVIOR , the Word made flesh. They cared more about the teachings of men than the teachings of CHRIST.

The Greek word used here refers to fermented dough that was mixed in with new dough and used as a rising agent. The small amount used in baking would permeate the entire batch of new dough. Leaven serves as an apt metaphor to describe the widespread effects of the Pharisees’ hypocritical teachings and actions. Faithlife Bible.

Leaven here represents the presence of corruption. Unleavened bread is what the Jews ate at Passover. The corruption in view here is hypocrisy. Practicing hypocrisy is senseless because eventually all deeds—both good and evil—will be exposed. NKJ BIBLE.

Luke 12:1.2.3 (NKJV)
12 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Matthew 10:26 (NKJV)
26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Matthew 23:28 (NKJV)
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Nahum 3:5-7

It is a terrible thing to be out of the will of God…individually and collectively as a nation. Materialism is an idol. Basing decisions on the individual rights of a person or a group of people is a form of idolatry and against everything that Jesus teaches us. We must love and care for all people. When we do that we are fulfilling His command to love God above all and our neighbors as ourselves.

God is the leader of the heavenly armies. Nakedness and exposure to public shame and ridicule was a typical punishment for infidelity or prostitution. Faithlife Bible.

Who could survive the Lord’s opposition?

The Lord described the fate of Nineveh as comparable to a person on whom unspeakable filth was cast. When Nineveh lay in ruins, no one would bemoan her. The nations would be glad that the city was gone. NKJ Bible.

Nahum 3:5–7 (NKJV)
5 “Behold, I am against you,” says the Lord of hosts;
“I will lift your skirts over your face,
I will show the nations your nakedness,
And the kingdoms your shame.
6 I will cast abominable filth upon you,
Make you vile, 
And make you a spectacle.
7 It shall come to pass that all who look upon you
Will flee from you, and say,
‘Nineveh is laid waste!
Who will bemoan her?’
Where shall I seek comforters for you?”

Isaiah 47:3 (NKJV)
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
Yes, your shame will be seen;
I will take vengeance,
And I will not arbitrate with a man.”

Isaiah 51:19 (NKJV)
19 These two things have come to you;
Who will be sorry for you?—
Desolation and destruction, famine and sword—

By whom will I comfort you?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mark 6:4-6

Faith alone pleases God. 

In the manner that you believe in the salvation of JESUS CHRIST, the Son of the Father, you can receive from the very hand of the  TRIUNE GODHEAD. for GOD so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die in our place.

If you believe in Him nothing is impossible.

A prophet is not without honor except in his own country is a maxim still repeated and still true today. Perhaps others were jealous of Jesus’ popularity and huge following. Their envy even took the form of violence against Christ. NKJ Bible.

Mark 6:4–6 (NKJV)
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

Isaiah 59:16 (NKJV)
16 He saw that there was no man,
And wondered that there was no intercessor;
Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Matthew 9:35 (NKJV)

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Acts 22:1-5

Paul thought that by persecuting those who believed in the salvation of Jesus Christ he was preserving and promoting the morals of the Jewish traditions. He thought he was upholding the teachings of God’s chosen people. He thought he was doing the moral thing. He was wrong, dead wrong. We know not what we do.

Let us not make the same mistake calling evil good and good evil.

Paul was well known among the nation’s elite.

Paul explained to the crowd that he understood why they were beating him and wanted him dead. They were zealous for God. Paul was not blaming them for what they had done to him. He pointed out that in his former zeal he would have done the same thing. Paul showed compassion even to his attackers; we should model that same type of compassion for all people who have not yet placed their faith in Jesus. NKJ Bible.

Acts 22:1–5 (NKJV)
22 “Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now.” And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent.
Then he said: I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today. I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.

Romans 10:2 (NKJV)

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mark 3:24-25

What a message for the time that we are living in. Division has torn apart the USA. When it has reached the Body of Christ it has reached the very heart of God. Pray for all believers to unite under the teachings of Scripture basing any and all decisions on the very Word of God made flesh.

Love God above anyone or anything and love your neighbor as much as you do yourself.

Jesus confronts the religious leaders with the possibility that, by opposing Him, they might be aligning themselves with evil powers. The defining mark of a disciple of God’s kingdom is allegiance to Jesus and His teaching. Faithlife Bible.

Jesus’ reply in parables was actually a threefold message that contrasted unity and disunity. Nothing—including Satan’s kingdom—can stand if it is divided. NKJ Bible.

Mark 3:24–25 (NKJV)

24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.