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“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
Luke 6:27-30 MSG
If you haven’t already read “When People Are Rude” 👈click for link.
As a believer & follower of Christ we are called to fight but, like our whole lifestyle in Christ, it’s a completely different type of fight.
Kill them with kindness, beetle
Caleb Hyers Band, “Come At Me”(Official Lyric Video):
God fights my battles for me all I have to do is stand for Him. In this life there are definitely fights but the battle is The Lords.
May we, as believers depending on Christ, hold onto our confidence in HIM. He gives victory, even unto death.
Message by my Son Alexx:
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.
An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies. A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.
Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.
The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves. Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.
Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.
Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.
The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.”
It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.
If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness.
A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor.
Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.
A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing.
People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.
The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die.
Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.
Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.
Proverbs 14:4-35 NLT
Who do you serve?
Whoes side you are on will determine whoes on your side.
Who is your commanding officer?
As I read Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives On The Promises Of God(day 9 – one of the @YouVersion plans) I took special note of how different people respond to God. Here is that lesson…
There Is No Condemnation in Christ
The Bible tells us that our debt of sin has a serious consequence. “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Our sins have separated us from God.
The realization of this moral debt sends
Other people respond to the list not with activity but with –
No one loved to address these responses more than the apostle Paul. He wrote, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
How could he say this? Had he not seen the debt that people owe—the weight of their sins? Well, he had certainly seen his own. At one time, he had been determined to extinguish anything and everyone Christian.
BUT THEN Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus . . . and knocked him off his high horse.
We aren’t told when Paul realized the meaning of grace. But we know that he embraced this improbable offer that God would make him right through Jesus Christ.
Paul’s logic followed a simple outline.
(1) Our debt is enough to sink us.
(2) But God loves us too much to leave us there. So . . .
(3) God found a way to save us.
None of us can meet God’s standard.
All have failed.
“There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10).
But where we failed, Jesus succeeded.
As Paul said , “Christ never sinned” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLV). When it comes to the standard,
He is the standard.
God could not compromise His standard. He had to satisfy every demand of justice. Yet He also knew that we are made of flesh—and that we can never achieve perfection.
So, He placed our sin on His perfect Son—and Jesus felt the wrath of a just and holy God. Christ’s death brought new life to us. As a result, we can approach Him without condemnation.
When you sin, Jesus stands before the tribunal of heaven and points to the blood-streaked cross.
He does not bargain with you, telling you to clean up your life so He can help. No . . . He washes your sins away, without any of your “help.”
Just consider the gift God has given to you.
You’ve won the greatest lottery in the history of humanity, and you didn’t even pay for the ticket!
Your soul is secure, your salvation guaranteed. This is the message of God. This is the promise of grace.
In the section at the bottom of the lesson/reading we read questions that can lead us to respond –
Why is grace difficult to accept?
What do you learn from Paul’s life about the impact of accepting God’s grace?
How is God’s justice a symbol of the depth of His love for you?
How has His justice given you an awareness of your need for His grace?
How have you experienced the fear of not measuring up to God’s standard?
How has freedom from this fear allowed you to share the hope of salvation with someone else?
When dealing with the challenge to respond it is only up to us to simple accept, believe & trust that God makes a way for us to have a relationship with Him.
In a prayer spoken in Church today I heard the person leading the prayer say, “Lord, thank you for dealing with us as individuals and not as whole sale lots.”
I hope this reading from Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives On The Promises Of God helps you as it did mean in seeing that your debit has been paid in full and all you have to do is accept that free gift, you can’t earn it. Relax, God’s got this eternal plan under control.
He paid the debit. He built the bridge.
An old song comes to mind, “He Paid the Debit”
And “Jesus Paid It All”
Fellow blogger M. Dennis “Those Who Sin Differently” wrote an amazing illustrations that really struck a chord with me in his post, ‘Furniture Restorer”
Note –Like chairs with scratched, faded, and oddly-colored varnish, we need something more than just another coat of paint – we need a completely fresh start. Knowing that we needed more than just a touch up or minor course correction, Jesus Christ offers us the radical change that is necessary for getting out of our deteriorated lives of sin.
For the full post go to: Furniture Restorer it is a great read.
Song “Come, Holy Spirit” sung by Bryan Duncan
As I read day 8 of The @YouVersion Plan Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives On The Promises Of God. I loved the emphasis put on defining who The Holy Spirit is.
May this be a good reminder to us.
The Holy Spirit is central to the life of the Christian.
He is a life-giving force to creation and, more significantly, a midwife of new birth for the believer (see John 3:7–8).
He enters the believer upon confession of faith (see Ephesians 1:13).
His power produces attributes and fruit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23).
He provides gifts to the believer: wisdom, teaching, healing, prophecy, and preaching, among others.
The apostle Paul declared, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines” (1 Corinthians 12:11).
We have access to the same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb.
The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith.
The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, defeat Satan in your life.
So make it your aim to sense, see, and hear the Spirit of God.
May we fix our heart on the promise of the power of the Holy Spirit.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
Go with God & continue in His Spirit, beetle
For a deeper look go to: Who The Holy Spirit Is
When I was a li’l boy I was told a story about a li’l train that couldn’t make it up a hill until he changed his li’l train attitude and began chugging along saying over & over again & again the affirmation, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”
I’ve recently become more & more aware of the importance in my life to apply God’s Word because without Him I truly can’t do anything.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 NASB
When i have li’l faith my problems seem so big but when i just
let God be God
i come to the reality that God is bigger than me & my li’l problems. GOD is bigger than it all.
BIG GOD LITTLE PROBLEMS.
Along these same lines, when I read about the father in Mark 9 I see a man whose son is sick & in need of healing but I also see a father of that son who is in just as great of a need.
I ask myself today,
Just for a moment, look BACK at the father in Mark 9:14-16 …arguing and fighting broke out because this man came to the disciples 1st (the body, the Church) and they could not help. He and his problem was not resolved.
Had he risked rejection and non-acceptance by Jesus too?
Mark 9:17&18… He gets to talk to Jesus about how “GOD’S PEOPLE” were not able to help him.
He spoke openly of himself & his son. He admitted his faith was not as strong as it should be. He also told Jesus that the disciples couldn’t do it!
That is like going to a boss of a company and saying, “Your employees are not doing their job!”
He expressed his hardship, didn’t sugar coat it.
He admits this long term problem and speaks of the duration of his son’s illness, the hurt for his child had overtaking even his faith. PHe spent Years dealing with it! He (this father) was sick of just trying to accept this pain and illness.
As I read Mark 9:14-15 I had to take note that, this father went to disciples first, like going to a nurse before going to the doctor.
People were overwhelmed with wonder and crowded Jesus to the point where you could not approach him without going through disciples 1st, even children were stopped by the disciples before they could reach Jesus.
I think that
NOW A DAYS PEOPLE FEEL THEY NEED TO GO TO CHURCH TO GET CLOSE TO GOD AND IN SOME CASES THE CHURCH (institutions) AND RELIGION IS KEEPING THEM FROM A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
Oh, may we (the Church) let and help people get closer to God though what we do here.
So Mark 9:17 the man (a father) steps out from the crowd and finally gets to talk to THE MASTER HIMSELF.
He shared these things with Jesus, not really knowing if Jesus would accept or reject him.
The boy’s father risked that rejection. Thst right thete shows his desperation and some faith that this is worth a try.
The Lord not only accepted him in his honesty and openness, but He also had compassion on him and his son and healed the boy as well as increased the father’s faith.
Look at the father in Mark 9:21-24. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” The answer was, “from childhood and often he throws him into the fire and into the water to kill him. But if you can do anything take pity on us and help us.”
“If I can?” Said Jesus “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief”.
The father in Mark 9 showed faith by coming to the Lord and admitting his faith was not what it should be.
Enough faith was not seen in the disciples either. Some, but not enough. Not what it should be.
We gotta go to the source of power!
It is great to meet with other believers but we got to spend time directly with Christ personally or you’ll have no faith at all.
The father in Mark 9 could have wrapped himself in guilt and thought,
“how could I come before Jesus when my faith is not as strong as it can or should be?”
“how can I come before Jesus when this situation hasn’t changed in years?”
He could have said,
“God’s people didn’t help so God can’t help.”
Hey, listen, “People don’t care what church you go to. They don’t want to know who you know and who knows you until they know that you know and care about them on some type of personal level.”
Christians often have feelings of guilt. Sometimes we are taught to believe that we should never sway and never feel less than mighty if we are truly walking close with Jesus.
Other opinions and actions cause us to perhaps feel like we are not allow to feel or share our true feelings.
HOWEVER, we are human and we are still in constant need of healing, in constant need of our savior.
We are all in the same earth suits everyone else is in.
Humility comes from the reality that we are weak but HE is strong.
When we admit our own weaknesses it is only then we can help our family and those around us with their same weaknesses.
It is only when we have the plank (tree) in our own eye removed that we can assist in removing other’s splinters.
If we reach out for help and admit we need someone to do something for us
does this mean we are not trusting God and leaning on him?
The father in Mark 9 is real and allows himself the freedom from having the guilt of faithlessness. He admits the problem with his son. He admits he doesn’t have enough faith, confesses the disciples don’t have enough faith (Church is not enough on its own). God is the source. We also, must
go to the source.
Now visualize this father as he is trying to express himself…
May we make this our prayer:
Lord, there is a part of me that is hurting right now, it hinders me and I can’t totally believe as I should. Yet I believe in YOU, Lord, or I wouldn’t be here, but right now I am hurting so much for my son, my loved one, my situation. I believe in you, please help me overcome my unbelief and accept me for who I am.” Amen
And Jesus did respond to the father’s request and he healed the son of his illness as well as increased the father’s faith.
May HE increase ours.
Go with God, beetle
My dad reminded me that when people are rude, mean or ignore you…they’re revealing themselves, their true self.
They are telling you what’s within themselves, not what’s within you.
Don’t take things so personal.
How you treat those who mistreat you reveals your emotional and spiritual maturity.
When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult.
Proverbs 12:16 GNTD
Jesus Christ Himself said it best,
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28 GNTD
Enough said, beetle
Watch “David Zinn: Chalk Art Brought to Life” on YouTube
What stood out to me in this clip was when people ask David, “When did you start drawing?” His answer is, “The same time you started.” Then he asks them, “When did you stop drawing?”
Never stop being creative. God created us to be creative & create things.
Have you stopped?
Now granted we are not all the best musician, writer or artist but none-the-less each of us have gifts to share so I hope you’ll share yours too.
For part 1 go to: The Perfect Story (Kyri).
Here are some personal notes I’m making public-
Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 NIV
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV
Every thing started with an empty page to be written on or a medium ready to be formed into something. It has to have a beginning.
Gen. 1:2 “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 NLT
The Message Translations says, “Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.” Genesis 1:2 MSG
Keeping Gen. 1 (the beginning of creation) in mind we are also able to look at prophecy regading the end in Rev. 21:1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2 NIV
This isn’t some fairy tale. It is from the same reliable source of prophecies that have already been filled.
Rev. 22:20-21 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus! The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with all the saints (God’s holy people, those set apart for God, to be, as it were, exclusively His). Amen (so let it be)! Revelation 22:20-21 AMPC
So, back to Rev. 21:1-2 –
“a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2 NIV
God’s Word gives us plenty of history but also allows us to read about the future. We hear about what will be New, reminded that the old will pass completely and we hear about a bride, a prepared bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
The Old Testament asks, “Who is this King of Glory?”
Here in the book of Revelation we may ask,
Who is this Bride?
To know the bride God introduces the groom.
John 3:27-36 –To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:27-36 NIV
Who is the groom?
John explains & points to The Messiah & clarifies that he (John) is not Him. John is the friend who attends the bridegroom (the best man). John is a servant who is more than just a servant, a friend who listens & prep.s the way for the groom. One of this friend’s jobs is to drive the groom from here to our home. John said, “The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.“
We read in this story about a preparation for a Wedding.
The groom has arrived and has been introduced into this world (our home, where we live). We are able to know who the groom is & read of His characteristics throughout even the O.T. as well as the new. We read about His friends, followers, servants & seekers but perhaps we may still asking, “Who is the bride?”
Rev. 21:9- show bride
Rev. 22:17 – bride speaks
Rev. 18:23 -groom & bride united go on in their new life married. They don’t live in their old home anymore. The two, on that day, make up a completely new family unit. They are still the children of their parents but now are grown up, now matured into adulthood.
….”For this reason you leave your mother & father”
Once married the begin a new saga, adventures & story of their own.
We can even look into the future regarding a final seperation, battle, war that is needed to release those in this wedding party so no one can trash their new lives together… Rev. 19:7-10
We learn in God’s Word of the 1st Ressurection and a 2nd death.
What we see and The End is really just beginning (Rev. 20:7 to Rev 21).
Rev. 20:7 -When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison.
Revelation 20:7 NLT
Rev. 21:1-2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Revelation 21:1-2 NLT
Rev. 21:3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.
Revelation 21:3 NLT
Think about that “Dwelling Place”
Rev. 21:5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
Revelation 21:5 NLT
The key is God making everything new.
Some one once asked me, “Could. the lake of fire be a way to purify even the most evil thing, the dirtiest of souls?” I think of what can become pure gold if only impurities could be boiled to the point of that dirt rising to the top & scraped off so it’s made pure & turned into a state that could even pave the roads of heaven.
Rev.21:5 we read that God will make all things new everything new.
Rev. 21:6-8 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Revelation 21:6-8 NLT
We read of the thirsty given satisfaction without cost and the spring inheritance to children. And in verses 8 – the coward, unbelieving viel (other descriptive characteristics) given a 2nd death.
Rev. 21:9 opens an invitation -Then one of the seven angels who held the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
Revelation 21:9 NLT
Reading on Rev. 21:10-27
We get a “Scripture picture” of the new heaven & another key point, Rev. 21:27, a new name !
That Name written in The Lamb’s book of life -Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Revelation 21:27 NLT
The future, in God’s care, is bright.
Rev. 22 (Eden restored)
Recall Gen. 1 & what eden was like in beginning. Not just how it looked but how it felt & the setting of being in complete fellowship with The Creator.
Now new beginning rev. 22:1-5
Rev.22: 6-7 look, blessed is the one who keeps -“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book. ”
Revelation 22:7 NLT
Rev. 22:8-9 fellow servant you & your fellow prophets & all who keep worshiping God. -I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!” Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near.
Revelation 22:8-10 NLT
Rev. 22:10-11 don’t seal or close the book up. Time near let one who does wrong continue vile continue… let one who does what is right contine holy continue…
Rev. 21:12 (like Rush song 2112 ,rescuer comes to save the oppressed, but Christ is the true savior, not some fictional super hero)
For each person (individuals) “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.
Revelation 22:12 NLT
Rev. 21:13 God is the beginning & end.
Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.
Revelation 22:14 NLT
V. 15 -outside
Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.
Revelation 22:15 NLT
V. 16 testimony (“to you”– that word in greek is plural) to churches -all parts of the body of Christ.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”
Revelation 22:16 NLT
Jesus (trinity) root & off spring bright morning star
The Sun rises in the East
Ps.103 as far as east is from west Hod removes our sin.
Rev. 21:17 come come come
The Bride, the one who hears, the one who is thirsty, the one who wishes to take free gift.
Spirit & bride (as one -groom & bride united) –both say come because they will be completely one. Complete in marriage.
Hear says come
(Adressing this invite to the thirsty & who who wishes to take free gift)
Rev. 21:1 A warning to the hearer adding & taking away from true story already written
Last few words in book rev. 21: 20-21
He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.
Revelation 22:20-21 NLT
Some may believe and knowingly participate but allwill be part of living out the perfect story that has already be written.
Perhaps one of the most well known authors of our life time put it best when he wrote
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,”
…John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written.
John 21:25 AMPC