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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The sword of the Spirit

3/14/2009 The sword of the Spirit!
I have sit most of the day studying the Word. It has refreshed me so. As I read it the worlds problems and concerns seem so trivial, inconsequential and petty. Why do we as humans let this world bother us so much to the troubling of our own souls?
Jesus said in:
John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I find my life a fulfillment of this scripture. When I let the worlds affairs and cares weigh me down, I feel destroyed, almost literally. The thief consumes me. But when I read the Word I feel the life giving refreshing power of it. All things become second in mind and matter.
2 Corinthians 4:9
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
I remember that the Lord Jesus has given to me promises that can not be broken or forsaken. As it says in Romans 3:4 “…let God be true, but every man a liar;..” No matter what man may say of me, curse me with, or try to afflict me with, Gods' Word over rides mans word at every turn. God can not fail!!!!!!!
Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
This is the most powerful scripture in the Bible. It ties every other verse in the Word of God together with a binding that can never be broken, shattered, destroyed, smashed, weakened or diminished in any way. This is the power scripture of the Bible.
Whatever God says in the Word, “it…shall…so…be…!!!”
Ephesians 6:17
And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The word “sword” simply means a medium to long sharp instrument used in cutting & thrusting.
The word “word” simply means the living spoken word and utterances of God as recorded in the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16
“…All scripture is given by inspiration of God,…”
2 Peter 1:21
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The word “moved” above, (in the original greek) relates the ideal of a boat being moved on the water by the wind. This gives us the ideal of the prophets being push or guided by the wind (Holy Ghost). So the origin of scripture all belongs to, or a better way to say it, proceeds from, God.
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The word “quick” means living.
The word “powerful” means active.
“Dividing asunder” simply means that it has the ability to do fine, precise surgical types of incisions.
The Word of God seizes the conscience of man and brings him to repentance. It will convince, convert, and comfort powerfully. It has the powerful to destroy Satan's kingdom and then raise up the Kingdom of God. The Word has the power to put to death the sinful lusts and corruption of men and women of all ages and bring eternal life to those who recieve Jesus.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ark of mercy

Last night, March 12, 2009, my wife Sharon (pic) and I went to the Ark of Mercy Church of God in Winchester Ky. Pastor Tommy Bates from Independence Pentecostal Church was the nights speaker. He had a powerful word about prayer, and how affliction should call us to prayer to God as our only source for all things. We must continually be looking to Him. James 5:13 "Is any among you afflicted (greek=suffering) let Him pray..."

Our Nation is being afflicted at this time. So many in this country believe their wallet is their source. That's why we have such a great economic down turn (affliction). God's calling out to this once great Nation that was founded on Christianity to return/repent. America has kicked Him out of our schools, work places, social places...ect. Now they want to silence the "PULPITS" of our Christain churchs.

God is calling America to repent.
He is our only source for all things, from the greatest to the most insignificant item in this life.
What are you turning to and trusting in? If jobs failed, retirements failed, marriage failed...ect, what/who would you find confidence in? What would give you hope and strength to continue?
**********I FIND MINE IN JESUS CHRIST**********

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Revisiting some old writing

1) 3/27/2006 What’s In A Life?
Life is beautiful; creation is beautiful, if we will only open our eyes to see it. Life is not only meant to be lived, but to be shared. How often we, mankind, miss this point. This is not the “eat, drink and be merry for today we live and tomorrow we die” mentality that suffocates today’s society and as the foolish rich man found out in Luke 12:19.
It is more.
Luke 12:23
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
But this is the fullness of the expression of love that comes with, in and through God.
Jude 1:21
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Let’s think a little less of ourselves today and notice someone less fortunate than we might be. Let’s share life. Take a moment today and stop, take a deep breath and look closely at everything around you. You will be well surprised at what you see everyday, but never really notice it or them. It will astound you at what you think you see but have never truly seen.
Just noticing is not the end of our responsibility, now we must act, or I should say “REACT” lovingly to what we have discovered. In this “reacting”, our true self will be put on full display to our own eyes. You see in discovering how we see others is a looking glass into our own hearts. How ironic.
Without mercy toward others life is not shared!!!! A shared life is the embodiment of Matthew 22:39 “… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…”
1 Corinthians 13:8
…charity (love) never faileth…
1 Corinthians 13:13
…but the greatest of these is charity (love)…
So, what’s in a life? “Life is not only meant to be lived, but to be shared.”