Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have an enemy within and without that must be fought daily. For when we would do good, evil is present. The works of the devil are consistent and his strategies though similar are modified given our resolve. He is not static in his approach to make sure we have the best chance of entering hell. The Bible tells us to fight the good fight of faith, Our faith must be protected and we must defend it. It also tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In light of the way being narrow, we must be vigilant. Wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Time does not make the fight easier. In fact, we are more tempted to grow weary in well doing, when the clock keeps ticking.
Since we know that time does not make the fight easier, we must dig deeper and deeper in God. We must pursue him more and more and get closer and closer. It will be the only way to survive. We must cry out to the Lord for His rescuing hand and for His protection. We must put on the full armor of the Lord and resist the enemy. We must do everything we can to stand.
Let us direct our thoughts unto the Lord and repent of sin and draw near. Ask the Lord to renew and refresh you. Some may make it look easy this spiritual fight, but make no mistake, none of us will enter in without it being scare. For the Bible declares that the righteous scarcely make it.
Keep fighting to remain holy and when you sin, repent, move forward and press. We only have one shot at being right and you do not want to be wrong.
It is important for the believer in Jesus Christ to understand what time it is for them. The time determines your function in Christ. When it was not time for Jesus to turn the other cheek, he chased the thieves and robbers in the temple away. When it is was not time for Jesus to be killed, he slipped through the crowds without a scratch. What time is it for you? What time is God saying it is?
I have heard whispers that this year is the year of repentance. A time to sway the anger of God and miss planned destruction for 2017. God has always been a democratic God and chooses world leaders based upon the masses. It is how Saul was elected King in the Old Testament even though the prophet Samuel knew he was a bad choice, he was told by God to anoint him. God will give the masses the leader they want. God told the people he would enslave them, but they ignored God’s warning and so they suffered.
What will the masses do today? Sexual immorality is rampant. Injustice is rampant. Those who stand for anything worth something are ridiculed and those who support demonic activity are exalted and praised for being progressive. What will this behavior do? Bring the judgment of God. When the storms come and they will. When God removes hedges of protection from people, then will Satan turn his wrath on humans and destroy them with drugs, alcohol, sickness, disease, rape, incest, beastuality, and whatever twisted imagination he can convince man to find pleasure in.
Your life means something to God, but he will allow you to choose to destroy it, by choosing Satan’s wisdom over his. Every generation has quasi wise men who think they can outsmart God or have the answers to life without submitting to the One who created all. This delusion was the mistake of the fallen angels who are now bound to be destroyed in hell at the proper time.
What time is it? Look to your right and what does the clock say? Ask Jesus to give you the time.
Heavenly Father, what time is it? Is it time to quit Bible study and hide in your home? Is it time to give up and throw in the towel? What time is it Lord? Show me the time of the clock on the wall and strengthen me to follow what you show me. In Jesus name.
Lord, help me, may I be all you have called me to be. Let my action and my will reflect your way. Let me soak in the grace and let it strengthen me for the task ahead. The task will be hard, for man born of women is few days old and full of trouble, but you Lord make my paths straight for I trust you. It’s been a long while.
Refreshing to pray again and again and to have brethren with like mind and heart to fellowship and share the wonderful things God is doing among us. It’s been a long while.
Oh Lord my God wonderful savior and friend. Father and restorer of all that I may hide within. I reveal to you what you have already seen and make known to others the wisdom of my King.
He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8
I am amazed by my life as one who requires the greatest of God’s mercy. I was raised in a Christian home, attended a Christian private school, Bible being the first class, and went to Church whether the doors were opened or closed. I have been to Bible camp, Bible conferences, Spiritual Deliverance services, Prayer services, Man of God classes, currently attending seminary, witnessed to those walking in the mall and those on streets in differing states in America and now I come to a point in my life where things have dramatically slowed down. Faithful I am to church attendance and reading the Bible, however fervor is lacking, what am I to do? Walk God says.
For those who have been blessed to own a few things our fervor begins to decline and those in our world serving other gods become attractive, you have horrible things like Christian yoga, Christian porn stars, Christian secular rap artist, Christian homosexual pastors and alike. Many things taking on the name Christian that are in fact not Christian at all. God has shown us how to live.
Be just in your judgment supervisors, parents, friends, and family. Love mercy. We all need mercy, no matter the resume, we need mercy, because we fall and the best and quickest way to get up is through mercy. Finally, submit to God continually by submitting to God’s command to love him and our neighbor. Love is the greatest gift which God is. Love God by spending time in prayer and song in the morning whatever you’re morning is. You may work nights and your morning is 630pm. You must not allow sleep or laziness to stop you from praying in your morning before work and play. God is not pleased with continual sacrifice and desires to reason with us and remind us that he has shown us what to do, we must keep on doing it so that ultimately the world may see, desire our relationship with Christ and we may all safely travel into glory and escape the hell prepared for the devils and demons.
God is looking for the faithful.
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The first most important reason for doing good exegesis is the Bible’s command for it. The scriptural reference for the biblical command for good exegesis is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 written in the 21st Century KJV “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This admonition is a result of the mission given by God for preachers and teachers to subvert hearers to the gospel of Jesus Christ and not things which vainly puff up the minds of the hearers.
Jesus leaving words were “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” The preaching of the gospel is of most importance and rightly dividing the word for the subverting of hearers is extremely important. I recall one day while my friend and I were witnessing on division street in Biloxi Mississippi, him badgering this one guy about the gospel of Jesus Christ and he went into arguing and the situation escalated and I was angry, because I recalled the scripture in Titus 3:9-11“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
We spent considerable time with someone who was not worthy of our time and took this time away from someone who would have been more profitable to preach to. Notice how Jesus spends quick moments with the Pharisees and considerable time with the people he healed, delivered and set free, like the multitudes at the mount.
The second most important reason for doing good exegesis is the nature of the Bible demands it. Recorded in the instructor notes “Peter tells us himself that Paul’s letter “contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). A verse that I struggled with personally and not something I taught was Romans 13:8 “Own no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” I do not like debt. Many individuals say they do not like debt yet they have no trouble sleeping with $2000 dollars’ worth of credit card debt. The amount mentioned is not a lot but I had this amount and it disrupted my sleep. I used the above verse to mean that I was living in sin with this debt over my shoulders. Did I pay the requested amount every month? Yes I did with a little extra, but it still bothered me. The Holy Spirit convicted me about the verse that my interpretation was in error, so I began looking into what others had gleaned from this verse. I found many hold to the view I held as this appears to be the best interpretation looking at the text out of context and literally.
Good exegesis showed me that the text refers to paying government taxes and that the obligation of a contract is what is required in this passage and that the debt of love is so high that the payoff compared to what Christ did on the cross is not possible while on the earth. This gave me peace at night and the power of condemnation was broken and I was no longer imprisoned by incorrect understanding. As the instructors notes mention “misunderstanding the Bible can be damaging to your own faith, and others whom you teach and or influenced by your ministry.” So because the text is filled with things hard to understand we should take seriously our study of the contents in the original language as well as use other English translations of the Bible, so that while we preach to others we may save ourselves and those who hear us.
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