Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mark 3:13

We are called according to His purpose not ours. It has nothing to do with our righteousness and everything to do with His.

John 6:66 indicates that even after the Twelve were appointed, He still had a large and continual following. Luke 10:1 notes that later Jesus sent out an additional 70 disciples.
NKJ Bible.

Mark 3:13 (NKJV)
13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 

Luke 6:13 (NKJV)

13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1 Corinthian 5:9-13

 Immorality Must Be Judged!

GOD  expects us to forgive any person who ask. The moral dilemma comes when a believer who is in sin refuses to acknowledge it as sin and continues in it. We must call good, good and sin, sin. the FATHER calls us to be holy as He is holy. It is a thin line that is drawn in being a Pharisee or a faithful follower…may the HOLY SPIRIT give us the wisdom to know the difference.

 Intention is everything!

Paul is not referring to the sexually immoral people of the world (his mission field), but to those who call themselves Christians and participate in sexual immorality. He views such people as dangerous to the overall health of the congregation since they may entice others to follow them in sin. Paul intends for the immoral believer to be expelled so that he may repent and then be restored back to the community. Faithlife Bible.

Paul here corrects a misunderstanding arising out of his previous letter. He had commanded the Corinthians to withdraw themselves from sexually immoral people. In this letter, Paul explains that he was not speaking of the pagan culture around them. If they withdrew totally they would be unable to function in the world. Instead, he was talking about the immorality in their midst. They should judge the sin among themselves, while still reaching out to the lost in Corinth. NKJ Bible.

1 Corinthians 5:9–13 (NKJV)
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.

12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

Deuteronomy 17:12 (NKJV)

12 Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nahum 2:8-10

I am full of dread for America. I feel that we are going down a deep hole and we are calling evil…good and good…evil. Help us HOLY SPIRIT to overcome with the sword of Your Spirit in the truth of JESUS CHRIST

 We are full of hypocrisy. 

Money has become our god and the measure that we view success. We have forgotten Your command to love GOD above all and to care for our neighbor and his well being as much as we do our own.

The nation that had made so much of taking captives would be made a captive by others. Halt! Halt!: No one would listen to their shouts of panic. 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.

Zephaniah 1:18 (NKJV)
18 Neither their silver nor their gold
Shall be able to deliver them
In the day of the Lord’s wrath;
But the whole land shall be devoured
By the fire of His jealousy,
For He will make speedy riddance

Of all those who dwell in the land.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Luke 12:1-3

Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Notice who JESUS addressed this to…the religious leaders of the Jews. We need to hear and trust in the HOLY SPIRIT not in man to lead us. These are the times we are living in. We cannot live one way in private and another in public. 

 The truth of the Christ always supersedes the doctrines of man.

supersede | ˌso͞opərˈsēd |
verb [with object]
take the place of (a person or thing previously in authority or use); supplant: the older models have now been superseded.

hypocrisy | həˈpäkrəsē |
noun (plural hypocrisies)
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

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.

The inner room was a storeroom which was surrounded by other rooms; it was the most private part of a house. 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 16:12 (NKJV)
12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

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

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.

Friday, March 9, 2018

1 Corinthians 3:15-17

There are consequences to our actions and as believers in CHRIST the HOLY SPIRIT dwells in us. He is holy and we are His temple. Each action we take has a reaction. It is only because of GOD’S mercy and grace in JESUS that we are not consumed and GOD corrects those He loves. Christ within is the only hope of success in our christian walk. what we cannot do…he can!

The Spiritual supersedes and is is greater than the physical.

The spiritual enables us to endure the physical.

He keeps in perfect peace those who keep their eyes on Him.

 What is unseen is more real than that which we can see with our physical eyes.

The nature of this fire is evaluative, not punitive. Paul uses the plural form of a Greek term to emphasize that the entire Church community is God’s temple (His dwelling place on earth), not just select individuals. Faithlife Bible.

There are two words translated temple in the New Testament. One refers to the temple building and all its courts; the other refers strictly to the Most Holy Place where no one but the high priest could go. Paul uses the latter term to describe the local church, in whom God dwells. Unlike 6:19, where the word temple refers to the individual believer, and Ephesians 2:21, where the word speaks of the church universal, these verses speak of the local church as God’s temple. God takes very seriously our actions in the church. Any person who disrupts and destroys the church by divisions, malice, and other harmful acts invites God’s discipline. NKJ Bible.

1 Corinthians 3:15–17 (NKJV)
15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Romans 8:9 (NKJV)
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

2 Timothy 1:14 (NKJV)

14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

John 8:10-11

The only one we can safely judge is ourself. Discernment of morals…essential. Condemnation of the person…not so much. God judges not man.

 In the manner you judge others you will be judged.

Sin no more implies that Jesus forgave her. He did not condemn her, but neither did He condone her sin. NKJ Bible.

John 8:10–11 (NKJV)
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

John 20:26-29

Faith is believing in the spiritual that we cannot see but know in our spirit to be more real than what we see with our physical eyes. The more we trust and believe in JESUS CHRIST the more we are entrusted with spiritual truths through the dear helper given to us when we first believe…the HOLY SPIRIT. There is no greater gift given to man than to know Him and to be known by Him.

 In the measure that we believe we can receive from the very heart of the Father.

Thomas affirms what Jesus has been alluding to throughout the Gospel: Jesus is more than a teacher and a master—He is God! Faithlife Bible.

In awestruck wonder, Thomas not only believed that Christ was risen from the dead, but he also saw that the Resurrection proved His deity. NKJ Bible.

John 20:26–29 (NKJV)
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Luke 1:45 (NKJV)

45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”