Christian Life Page 6

  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:31-34 "Providence"

    "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

    Blessedness of seeking righteousness we have in 5:6 "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

    In v.31 Jesus addresses the crowd,'O ye of little faith" Provident God shows His glory in lifeforms lowly as they are but most efficient in their working how much more He would have invested in Man? He who did not spare him for our blessedness shall He not gives such prosaic things needful for each day? The birds of the air know it was as wild beasts do. "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."

    The Gentiles spend their time with questions with regards to their creature comforts. "What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" (v.31). Daily they would like in the myth of Sisyphus, rolling all their energy to the single peak of their desires, their belly. Once satisfied come next day they are at it again? Tyranny of the trifle robbing man of the most blessed Fellowship and it is what Satan does:all these toil and moil is for the flesh which the Bible says profits nothing. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."( John 6:63).

    "That whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?"(15:17)

    God made all provision for our eternal salvation. Righteousness of God has sent his word, (Is.55:11) set up the House with seven pillars (Pr.9:1-5) and allso prepared the table. "She(Wisdom) hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. ". She has set out a call, "Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled."

    Faith is the key for any given day. "Give us this day our daily bread" we pray and if we are of little faith what does the Lord's Prayer amount to?
  • Oseas - 7 months ago
    Daniel prophesied,

    Daniel 12:1 - And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

    and JESUS CONFIRMED: Matthew 24:15 & 21-23

    15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

    21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

    22 And EXCEPT those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the ELECT's sake those days shall be shortened.

    Revelation 12:7-12

    7 And there was WAR in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon(the red Dragon); and the dragon fought and his angels(his messengers),

    8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

    9 And the great Dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, NOW is come salvation, and strength, and the KINGDOM OF OUR GOD, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our GOD day and night.

    11 And they overcame him by the BLOOD of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony(Word of GOD); and they loved not their lives unto the death.

    12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them( Ephesians 1:3). Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

    Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8 combined with 1Timothy 4:1-2.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6 25-33 "Solomon in all his glory"

    "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?/ And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:/And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."(vv.27-29)

    Wisdom of Solomon and lilies of the field have one common thread. These have arisen from the Wisdom principle of divine Will.God blessed man and his world alike so their growth follow a cycle from seed to its death. so does man. His breath however made man a living soul and consequently freedom of choice undid much of glory that God had shed on him. "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."(Ep.5:17). Proof of it is in the ships that he assembled at Ezion Geber. and it was a waste of effort in the end and Jehoshaphat .(1 Ki.22:48;1 Ki.9:26-28)Solomon further elevated Jeroboam who proved an enemy to his own son and caused split in the kingdom of Israel. (1 Ki.12:19) "unto this day" sets the split in direct frame of reference to Jesus Christ who of God has become wisdom to us. Eye of faith in He.12:1-2 instructs us why the glory of Solomon did not excel. His heart departed from God.

    Lilies in the field shall not be guilty of such a failure.

    Instead they instruct man perennial objective lesson as to the glory of God, as the discourse of Jesus teaches us.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:22-23 "If thine eyes be" (2 of 2)

    In the Epistle to the Hebrews the writer exhorts us how we should run the race,"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,/Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;"(He.12:1-2)

    Law of sin derives muscle from the spirit of times. For instance human migrations have always occurred on the heels of climate crisis drought pestilence which owe to the fall of man. Flesh for that reason for instant gratification. "Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die./Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." Such ideals are from law of sin that puts a gloss over faith and evil conduct, to justify human condition. "Make hay while the sun shines for instance tells of opportunities do not come by wishing. It is what tripped Gehazi, "But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him." Here was a messenger and a servant of long standing. Once he ran after Naaman he proved the truth of v.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."

    "Behold my master spared Naaman" his judgement could have only occurred after comparing the divine healing and reducing it into dollars and cents. It is thus these shrewd TV preachers would have sat with their accountants before they let the cameras roll on their spiel. The eye of faith is no longer on their calling but their natural eye has already drawn up their profits. Be not deceived law of sin works with curse of disobedience while the Law of the Spirit works with grace. "Therefore I say unto you,"(v.25
  • Momsage - 7 months ago
    I'd like to apologize to everyone for my misunderstanding of how to use this discussion site. I honestly don't know where the rules for using this site are, although I'm sure they are available. I understand now why the discussions are only allowed 2000 characters. It is important for everyone to be able to have a chance to send comments. I do want to say if anyone has felt like I have copied someone else's material without notation of who they are I, again, apologize. If I did do that it was an accident. My comments are my own. Anyway, I will be diligent to only make comments that are to the point and not overly long. Everyone have a blessed day or night depending. :)
  • RicoUS - 7 months ago
    Asking for strong protection and breakthrough for us and all in need.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:22-23 "If thine eye be" (1 of 2)

    "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light./ 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!"

    The single eye here is the eye of faith. "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven"( John 17:1). The Spirit is laying emphasis on the eye of faith, which we see in the life of Elijah who laid the condition for Elisha to receive a double portion of his Spirit. "And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me./And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so." (2 Ki.8:9-10) The double portion included that of the Son and of the prophet. The first one ties up the eye of faith to the Father as a double for the Son. It is thus the Spirit has set forth the redoubtable prophet as a stand-in. The same principle we have in the brazen serpent set up on the pole in the wilderness. "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."(Nu.21:9) The Spirit uses 'behold' in a special sense and here in past tense we see the eye of faith connecting man with the Son, albeit a symbol but determined in the divine Will as with the slain Lamb before the foundation of the world.

    " Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,"(1:23). Eye of faith of Mary believed and also the word of God. "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. "( Luke 1:38)

    Peter healed a cripple and he first made sure he had his eye of faith open.And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us./And he gave heed unto them, "(Ac.3:4-7)
  • Adam - 7 months ago
    Wishing everyone here a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

    Psalms 107:1 - O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:16-18 "Fasting"

    There is a proper way to fast in which your soul is like a child brought before Jesus for a blessing. Jesus took exception to the disciples by saying, "And forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (19:14). For the guardians they sought blessing from the hands of Jesus, with regards to their wards. We fast when we seek ways to render our souls on their onward progress.They are to appear one day before God whose breath set them going. Their well being is our concern and not of others.So fasting is renewing our resolve to seek a closer walk with God. "anoint thine head, and wash thy face;/That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret."

    The wrong way is to make one noticed with such woe-begone expression. "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."

    In Is.1-6 "Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?" Fasting can be a sign of certain disruption occurring if the person neglects his inward life in the Spirit. The Pharisee in the Parable prayed," I fast twice in the week,"(14:12) With so much of smug self-satisfaction on a self-destruct mode what nonsense to claim his feat where his remedy lay in a fast and prayer regimen seven times a week? Transgression of the house of Jacob required to break their stony heart and correct their evil.

    "Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?/Then shall thy light break forth ; ....the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward."(58:7-8)

    Fasting for the hypocrites,"Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."(v.16)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:19-21 "Treasures in heaven"

    "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,"

    The worlds framed by the word have two aspects.(He.11:3) Unseen and the earth made to appear. Eternal will of God, Cause is mirrored by the earth (seen) the Effect are sanctified by faith, which is one. Here we have a couple of verses, "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. "(Ep.4:4-6) Because of it we treat these worlds as one serving as a synonym for the Father Son relationship. It is validated by this verse,"One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever." The Preacher is talking about the changeable earth where generations of man keeps shifting one after the other as a weaver's shuttle, the earth abides 'forever'. The Spirit tags this phrase 'forever' to indicate the Son. It is thus inheritance of saints in light is called new earth.(Re.21:1;Ec.1:4). This eternal inheritance as co-heirs with the Son is called treasures in heaven. "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,"(Ep.1:18)

    The eye of faith is not subject to ageing as the case of a natural world is, where appetites decline and senses become dull as in the case of Barzillai the Gileadite. St Paul writing to the church of Ephesus is referring to treasures laid up in heaven. All other treasures are seen so it is temporal."treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal." "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Co.4:18)

    "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
  • Shanon - 7 months ago
    God will bless you
  • GiGi - 7 months ago
    Dear Richard Priday,

    I was wondering if you would like to post on the Mercy of God. If so let me know and I will move on to the letter "N".
  • GiGi - 7 months ago
    The MYSTERY of God is often termed as His Transcendence. There are things concerning Him in His Being and Essential nature that we will never be able to learn, know, comprehend, or experience.

    Yet, with all this MYSTERY, God has provided us with all we need in the life of his Son, in the Scriptures, and in the workings of the world to know He exists and is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

    How Great is our God!
  • GiGi - 7 months ago
    To continue.

    There is the mystery of how one sin by Adam (not by Eve) could be the cause of all persons born from the seed of Adam (everyone, except Jesus) could possess a sinful nature without even sinning (from conception).

    There is the mystery of how God makes a fertilized egg a living person with a physical nature, soul nature, and spiritual nature.

    There is the mystery of how God everything that God does or allows brings Him glory.

    There is the mystery of the plan of salvation willed before creation.

    There is the mystery of how Jesus could be slain from before the foundation of the world.

    There is the mystery of how God can indwell believers by the Spirit and if the Spirit is in us, then the Father and the Son indwell us also.

    There is the mystery of how synapses in our mind create abstract thoughts, will, and choice.

    There is the mystery of how it was that the universe first began with time, space, and physical laws such as gravity, wavelengths, magnetism, etc.

    There is the mystery of how God can be everywhere at once and also in one place specifically such as upon the ark of the covenant or in the pillar of cloud and fire.

    There is the mystery of how God can know everything past, present and future without using time to learn it.

    There is the mystery of His sovereign power that is indominable.

    There is the mystery of how God cannot change in any way, yet can act in time and space and become a human person.

    There is the mystery of how God is not made of parts or components and His substance cannot be divided up into portions.

    (divine simplicity)

    There is the mystery of how God can be a Person and be life itself, self-existing as the God who IS, without drawing life from outside of Himself.

    There is the mystery of how God is completely self-sufficient and self-satisfying. He needs nothing outside of Himself to be complete, to depend on to meet any need, any passion or emotion outside of Himself that He must receive from outside of Himself.
  • GiGi - 7 months ago
    Getting back to my study on Who God is. I would like to follow up Majestic with:


    There is much mystery in God from our viewpoint. Within the Godhead, all is known about His whole being. Nothing is hidden from Him nor is He able to not know/understand all that He is.

    But to us, there is more of Him that is a mystery to us than that which we know and understand of Him.

    In Job 38-40,out God bring before Job a plethora of things that God knows and does that man does not have any idea about.

    There is the mystery of the inner relationship and union of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    There is the mystery of how God can be three distinct persons but only One God.

    There is the mystery of how He created all things ex nihilo (out of no substances) aside from His word spoken and will performed.

    There is the mystery of His existence outside of the universe, time, space, and anything else but Himself. There is the mystery of what He is truly like as a Purely Spiritual Being.

    There is the mystery of why He allowed for sin to enter His creation when he could have done it another way.

    There is the mystery of His perfection that we cannot ever have.

    There is the mystery of His infinitude that we cannot ever be. We have bounds and limits.

    There is the mystery of why He must punish sin forever.

    There is the mystery of how Jesus could take on a human nature and still be fully God, not in any way diminished. No other being can be come something it is not created to be. No man can become God. But God could become man.

    There is mystery about how Jesus' one sacrifice is infinitely worthy and over abundantly sufficient to take away all the sin of the world.

    There is the mystery of how He, being God, could take sin upon Himself to be cursed before God and take all of the wrath of the God upon Himself for sin and be able t bear it.

    There is the mystery of how the Jesus was able to raise Himself from the dead.

    There is the mystery of how that Holy Spirit regenerates.
  • Cortez M - 7 months ago
    Is there anywhere in this app to take notes?
  • Hadassah - 7 months ago
    In regards to Thanksgiving, some historians believe that the pilgrims were actually celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. The idea of inviting guests, showing hospitality, is very very important in Jewish culture. The pilgrims invited American Indians. The pilgrims were Bible adherents and inclined to keep the prescribed feasts of the LORD.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:8-13 "The Lord's Prayer-3"

    The prayer of Jesus as given in the Gospel of John helps us to understand the prayer recorded by Evangelist Matthew. The Amen at the end of the Lord's Prayer is replaced with vv.20-26 giving a context to all prayers since his death and resurrection.

    17:20 " Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." He was well aware of the mandate of his Father was as the Savior of the World and not in a limited sense. He sanctified himself on account of the 12 disciples, significance of the number being fixed and he sending them two by two established the Principle of Association. (10:40; Luke 10:16). Now he knew his hour was nigh so he prays for all 'them which shall believe on me through their word'.

    17:21 "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." Here we are given an insight into the function of the term "Amen," being intended a tag, Unity of the Spirit that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." Instead the church riven with heresies tell another story. Miry clay trying to compromise with the defunct Roman empire is neither here nor there.

    17:22 "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:." The only glory Evangelicals on either side of the Atlantic are Cathedrals or mega churches, monument to the doctrine of Jesus Christ wrongly applied. Love, joy forbearance such fruits of the Spirit are glossed over when the congregation says 'Amen' what one misses is,'That they may be one, even as we are one'.

    17:23 "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one..." Perfect in one is what the Prayer began with,"Thy kingdom come"( v.10) In glossing over the deity of Jesus, reasonable faith deny 'works' the key to abiding life. It is time the Church got their worship in Spirit and truth.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:12-13 "The Lord's Prayer"-2 (2 of 2)

    In this connection God tells King Solomon, "I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually."(1 Ki.9:3) God laid the condition on Solomon which he failed to keep.

    'Put my name there forever'

    'Forever ' in the above passage serves the same purpose as Amen at the end of the Lord's Prayer. In conclusion we have this v.13. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." We are praying to 'Our Father which art in heaven' and we conclude referring to the power and glory of his Son and Amen is an act of faith.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:12-13 The Lord's Prayer-2 (1 of 2)

    "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors./ 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."

    The Prayer is rounded off by the term 'Amen'. This is a clue to the Lord's Prayer, which is not spoken in isolation, mouth uttering words as though learned by rote but spoken with all the vigor of a man of faith whose 'heart is stayed on thee'. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."(Is.26:3).The Lord's Prayer is enjoined upon all believers where Amen part of it, registers it as being spoken in unison with Jesus Christ who is the True and Faithful Witness we have on the heaven and on the earth. As said earlier he is our Intercessor.

    The tag places there is the word of God 'Amen" and it brings us every time as uttered to what he is. "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God." We are not simply asking whatever wishes that may froth at the mouth but in consideration of all the bounties out of his storehouse, and in full agreement with the spiritual blessing He has determined 'from the beginning of the creation of God.(Ep.1:3-4) Amen is the Son, is a tag carrying whole lot of associations and it is how we prayer from the secret place and under the shadow of His wings. (Ps.91:1)

    This is also equally applied where brother gather under the Spirit of grace. " Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"(Ps.133.1) In this connection God tells King Solomon, "I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually."(1 Ki.9:3) God laid the condition on Solomon which he failed to keep.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:8-13 The Lord's Prayer (1 of 2)

    Again we find the use of conjunctive adverb in this verse:"After this manner therefore pray ye:" Here the emphasis is on faith. It is whosoever comes to God without exception it is enjoined. "or he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."(He.11:6) Having laid down the holiness of God, Jesus tells,"for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."(6:8). Therefore faith is the foundation on which the heart of a believer serves him for a tabernacle. His faith and that of the risen Christ who is in the right hand of God being one, addresses thus, "Our Father which art in heaven" Our denotes the unity of purpose between the Petitioner and the Intercessor. Jesus promised us,"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son./If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."( John 14:13-14)

    v.9 "Hallowed be thy name."

    "And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory."(Ps.29:9b) Compare this with the Pharisee in the Parable. "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican./ I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess." ( Luke 18:11-12) He was seeking his own glory at His cost.

    v.10 "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." As mentioned in an earliest post it refers to his abiding life and seeking the state That God may be all in all. "And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."(1 Co.15:28)

    v.11 "Give us this day our daily bread."

    The term 'agape' fits here since 'this day' refer the blessings of heaven before the worlds began, no matter whatever circumstance we are in the 'now'. Elijah by Kerith brook.
  • Hadassah - 7 months ago
    Jesus said, "if you love me keep my commandments." If you love him, then keep the 10 commandments which are moral laws.

    Jesus fulfilled the mosaic laws. That's why temple sacrifices are not needed. He fulfilled the mosaic laws once and for all.
  • Hadassah - 7 months ago
    December 25 is a pagan date and a tradition of man. Jesus was probably born in the fall. Shepherds and sheep would not be in the field freezing in December.
  • Amasuca - 7 months ago

    I am so very thankful this morning. Thankful to the Lord most of all. Jesus is the greatest friend anyone could possibly have. This holiday will be spent with family, and some will come from afar. Yet, I'm moved in my heart knowing that so many will be alone this holiday. So many will no doubt spend this holiday behind bars, or sick in a hospital. Troubled souls will no doubt be wondering aimlessly without anywhere to go. It occurs to me that those in these types of conditions will not have anything to be thankful for. My prayer is that Jesus would find them this holiday. That his love would be poured out over the many who are suffering. Let's remember those less fortunate in our prayers this holiday. Not only in our prayers, but if we can somehow reach out, and be an encouragement, or a blessing somehow. Let us who are strong strengthen our fellow man who is downtrodden. I'm thankful for all of you, and for this opportunity to be able to express my heart, and hopefully I'm an encouragement to you. May the love of Jesus meet you where you're at today. May you experience Jesus in a whole new way. It's all about him anyway. I give thanks for the KING JAMES BIBLE, and this wonderful website. I'm sure anyone of you can go through a list of things that your thankful for, but I am thankful today. Thankfulness is the key that unlocks the gates to the courts of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I praise him today, and I magnify him. May your holiday be filled with blessings, spiritual blessings and may your walk with God be made firm as we go onward. That's the only way to go isn't it? Onward to greater things in God. Do you love the things of God? Let us love Jesus more, and more. May our fellowship be blessed, and may the light of the love of God rest in each and everyone of you. I can always use more of God's love. I'm thankful for His love that he has shown to me. What a friend we have in Jesus.
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:8-9 "After this manner"

    "Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him./After this manner therefore pray ye."

    'Therefore' is a conjunctive adverb, used to connect prayer with the manner the heathen are wont to pray. Their much speaking however holds no faith which is covered up more mumbo-jumbo of their device. They have to be seen doing their tasks in full sight of the public so they are staking their claim to be 'holier-than thou'. Jesus warns,"Be not ye therefore like unto them.

    Abiding life is not playing to the crowd. What you are God knows, as God the Husbandman knows what he has planted. " every good tree bringeth forth good fruit"(7:17). Abiding life is to hold a position as being so many branches to Jesus Christ the good vine.

    We may view it as pictorial representation of Psalm 91:1. Under the shadow of God's protective care we abide nourished by the goodness of the true vine.

    God knows our needs and He who did not spare His own Son for our sakes shall he not give everything pertaining to life and godliness? "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)

    It is in this context we set the Lord's Prayer on well grounded principles. Principle of Similitude sets the heaven in terms of the earth. God a Spirit and our fruits of the Spirit. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,/Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. " (Gal.5:22-23) Abiding in Christ we are living the Law which is what we mean by " Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."(6:10)

    Our daily bread is from the same table as in heaven. "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.:(15:26). Compare "Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?"(7:9-11)
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:4 "God's Ways"

    "And thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."

    Isaiah gives us an infallible proof why our questions on His ways especially when we are faced with such gruesome violence and loss of innocent civilians including infants daily, are out of place. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord./ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Is.55:8-9). What is happening in Gaza or elsewhere are not hidden from his sight. The Spirit has given an insight into his ways in the manner God sent Moses to fight the Amalekites. Before that God gave a clue to His ways when He gave the nation water out of a rock. "Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel." (Ex.17:5). Moses and company first had to fix in their mind where he stood in their crisis. He stood upon the rock in Horeb.

    When the Amalekites attacked them Moses was to stand upon the same rock, with his staff in hand. As the verse from Ps.91 states he stood under the shadow of his wings, the only place for a Christian to stand in relation to his Maker. He sees all our needs and trials even as Moses stood. He is our Jehovah nissi, banner of victory. So have we comes thus far. "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee."(Ps.9s.91:8)

    He has his ways and only way we can profit from is to to trust him totally. Amalekites would have never known but the word of God assures us. Jesus giving his 'Sermon on the Mount' is consistent with Zion from where our salvation comes. So help us God, Amen.
  • Tunney on John 1 - 7 months ago
    I thank the LORD for saving me from my sins and giving eternal life with HIM. I pray that I will be faithful in my daily prayers, reading of HIS Word, and witnessing unto others.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! GOD to shine HIS glorious face on you and your family. GOD bless Jerusalem and their need to call and recognize the LORD JESUS CHRIST as their Messiah.

    "The angel of the LORD encampeth around about them that fear HIM, and delivereth them. Psalm 34:7

    November 20, 2023
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.6:14-15 "Under the shadow of his wings"

    " 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."

    Superscription refers to this well known psalm,"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."(Ps.91:1) We show mercy to one who is in need of help and we are to do it secretly. "And thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." This is what the word of God has promised. He dwells in secret place which as the writer to the Hebrews says,"And upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. It is the heavenly place that we dwell when our lives are hid in Christ. (Col.3:1-3) We abide in 'the secret place of the most High as well as we are upheld by the word of his power. So doctrine of God warns you how you should worship him. In Spirit and in truth when we abide under the shadow of the Almighty. In 5:23-24 Jesus tells us, "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. " You shall be measured by the same measure with which you judge your neighbor. Are you offended because the false shepherds have locked under the LGBTQ label and warned from pulpit to shun him, don't. The enemies of Christ offer 'Abomination of desolations' on behalf of their masters to which liberty of the Spirit warns,' first cleanse your heart of it and then offer thy gift. God knows hypocrisy from far off. God called you to be a good neighbor and no to be the judge.

    The Spirit uses shadow as power to heal as the shadow of Apostle Peter healed people.(Ac.5:15) How well do we abide under the shadow of his wings?
  • Bennymkje - 7 months ago
    Matt.5:14-16 "City on a hill"

    "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."

    This is set as a light of Zion out of which the law shall go forth. "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined./Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

    ."(Ps.50:1-6) In this context every believer is to set the light on the candle-stand, which as the vision of Zechariah tell is a single stem, all gold with two olive trees on left and right(4:2). Without abiding in Christ, or seeing through his light, which is true one is setting it under a bushel or under his bed.

    Heart of man is a tabernacle, so when we speak of our position in relation to Christ our Redeemer Lord on a sure ground because his right arm "brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him". He is the one who shall fight our battles for us. He is the full armor of God to which the Isaiah passage refers.(Is.59:16). The above mentioned quote over Zion is set between from the rising of the sun unto the sunset, a day. This is the day decreed for the Son.(Ps.2:7-8). The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.In v.6 we have the certainty that God shall judge. "Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice./And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.

    "But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." It is thus we make sense of the will from both worlds of the Father-Son relationship.
  • Jema - 7 months ago
    Hello Jesse , I'm sorry , I didn't realise that there are rules ? I'm not familiar with chat room etiquette , I didn't know about 'threads' . If I'm not directly replying to some one then I just post on ' new comment ' , is that wrong ? Am I not allowed to just post a random comment as I'm reading this site and feel inclined to say something ? Most of the time when I am just commenting I have no intention of starting a 'thread' or even getting a reply . Sorry about my lack of knowledge regarding chat room etiquette , I just post as I feel . Is that wrong of me ?

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